Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Maria Donnay
Anticipation danced in the air as 10 hopeful candidates lined up across the stage of the Melrose American Legion, this past Saturday night, March 10. After a day full of speeches, personal interviews, and mock-radio interviews, we couldn't bear to wait any longer to hear the results. The room was full of many friends and loved ones to see which six young ladies would receive the honor of representing all of the Stearns County dairy farmers this year as dairy princess.
This could be it, I thought to myself. The moment I'd been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl. As the crown was placed on my head, I was overwhelmed with joy and relief. I couldn't believe that I had been chosen. My prayers had been answered. The rest of the night was filled with many pictures, smiles, hugs, and memories to last a lifetime. The other princesses crowned were Amanda Bertram of Springhill, Tiffiny Kerfeld of Albany, Kirsten Meier of Cold Spring, Leah Middendorf of Sauk Centre, and Christina Reitsma also of Sauk Centre. The other candidates, Chelsey Gerads of Holdingford, Maria Molitor of Rockville, Kayla Olmscheid of
St. Martin, and Natusha Simon of St. Joseph, all will serve as Stearns County Dairy Ambassadors this year.
My year will be filled with classroom visits, parades, the Stearns County Breakfast of the Farm (June 2 at Landwehr's dairy farm north of Watkins), the Stearns County Fair, and multiple other events.
I am extremely excited to promote the dairy industry. I look forward to sharing my love of such wholesome, nutritious, and good-tasting dairy products with all consumers. I want to thank Organic Valley for sponsoring me, as well as my parents John and Chris Donnay.