It is truly an honor to have been crowned the 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. My name is Anna Euerle, and I am from Litchfield in Meeker County. I am studying at Ridgewater College in Willmar majoring in agribusiness with a dairy emphasis, and I will be graduating in December.
Growing up, I was heavily involved in 4-H, theater, choir and FFA. These experiences showed me some of my true passions. From the show ring to the stage, I have broadened my horizons to all the opportunities available to me.
On my family’s farm, you can find me in the barn milking cows, helping take care of new calves and fresh cows, or in the field helping with hay and tillage.
As the 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, I of course have goals set for myself during my reign. The first is to spread the word that the dairy community is more than just our farmers. It’s also our milk haulers, nutritionists and anyone working to support Minnesota’s dairy farmers. It can be easily perceived that the farmers do this by themselves, but to have the general public know just how large and impactful the dairy community is, is quite important to me. We all deserve credit where credit is due, and it is time for us to begin recognizing those in our support staff each day. We can’t operate without our supporters, so recognition of those who supply rations, feed and transportation is something I am passionate about.
My second goal is to reassure consumers that getting three servings of dairy each day is manageable. As someone who enjoys being in the kitchen, I am always looking for ways to incorporate more dairy into my diet. From cheese bread to homemade mozzarella sticks, the opportunities are endless. As a college student, I have found ways to work more than enough dairy into my daily meals, especially because they are so affordable. Even leftovers from last night’s dinner can be brought back to life with a sprinkle of cheese or a dollop of sour cream.
My third and final goal is to represent farms of all sizes and types. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with three dairy farms: one with 600 cows, my home farm with 80 cows and another farm with 30 cows. After three months of seeing that we care for our animals the same amount regardless of how many we may have, I want to share that with the rest of Minnesota. Consumers have their own opinions on farms of different sizes, so to be able to have real life experiences to share with them will help shift them to love all farms. After all, we all produce the same quality products each day. I also want everyone to know that even though I hold the title of a princess, I do the work required of me from farm to farm. Working with the dairy community has gotten me to where I am today, and that is something I will never forget or take for granted. These goals may seem broad, and borderline extreme, I know. But serving as Princess Kay of the Milky Way is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Dreaming big was the least I could do.
Princess Kay of the Milky Way Anna Euerle serves as the Minnesota dairy community’s goodwill ambassador. Princess Kay is very active doing school visits, representing dairy farmers at the Fuel Up To Play 60 activities in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings, and sharing the importance of dairy farming and dairy foods at appearances across Minnesota.
Euerle grew up in Litchfield, Minnesota, working on her family’s dairy farm. She will soon graduate from Ridgewater College in Agribusiness with a dairy emphasis. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking and being outdoors.