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Princess Kay of the Milky Way

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For 19-year-old Chelsea Schossow being a finalist for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way is a dream come true. After candidating in the Winona County Dairy Princess competition, Chelsea was named Miss Winona County Dairy Princess. From there, Chelsea competed against 51 other girls in hopes of becoming one of the 12 finalists vying for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Chelsea’s application, interviews, and speech impressed judges and she was awarded a spot among the finalists.

Growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Ridgeway, Chelsea developed a love for the dairy industry and its way of life early on. The experience has guided her and fueled her passion for her future goals.

After graduating from Winona Senior High School in 2013, Chelsea became a student at South Dakota State University, where she is majoring in Dairy Science Production and is pursuing minors in both Agribusiness and Ag Communications.

As a true lover of the dairy industry, Schossow dreams of being a Dairy Nutritionist and one day taking over the family farm as a fourth generation dairy farmer. “Growing up on a dairy farm, I learned what hard work and patience mean,” said Schossow. Schossow chose to take part in the dairy princess competitions as a way to show people her passion for the dairy industry and to show how much growing up on a dairy farm has prepared her for her future.

Being named Miss Winona County Dairy Princess and representing Winona County as a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be keeping Schossow very busy during the summer months leading up to the final competition. She has been making elementary classroom visits and will appear in many local parades. She is particularly excited for “Family Night on the Farm” on June 26, where her and other royalty will be representing the dairy industry in Winona County.

Chelsea is also looking forward to touring the AMPI manufacturing facilities where the 90-lb. blocks of butter used for sculpting the heads of each of the finalists are made. When asked how she felt about her head being sculpted out of butter, Chelsea said, “I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea, but I’m very excited to see what I will look like in butter.” She added that people always ask her what she will do with a 90-lb. butter bust of herself. After some thought Chelsea decided that she is going to do a community meltdown. She plans to melt down the butter bust and have a community corn on the cob roast as a thank you for all the support she has received.

The final competition for Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be held on August 18. The finalists will be judged on a personal interview, mock media interview, a speech, and their application. The crowning for Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be on August 20 at the State Fairgrounds. Chelsea Schossow hopes to have the opportunity to devote a year of her life into promoting the dairy industry around the state and being the face of the dairy industry as Minnesota’s 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Chelsea is the daughter of Keith Schossow and Cindy Terrill.

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