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Wabasha County Dairy Princesses to be crowned

The Wabasha County American Dairy Association hosts the 62nd annual Dairy Princess Coronation and Banquet 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 2 at the Port 104 in Lake City.

Taylor Heitman and sisters Abigail Holst and Natalie Holst are this year’s candidates. They will be judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry.

Heitman, daughter of Darrick and Angela Heitman of Lake City, lives on her family’s farm, Heavenly Heits Farm, where they have Jerseys and Holsteins. She says her favorite thing to do is “loving time,” where the family pampers their cattle, as well as training the new show cattle.

This fall, she will be attending the University of South Dakota where she will continue her track and field career while majoring in kinesiology with a minor in psychology.

The Holsts are the daughters of Jary and Celene Holst, and live on family’s dairy farm in rural Kellogg.

The family’s herd consists mostly of Holsteins along with a few crossbreds. Abigail Holst says her main job on the family farm is the milking, however she enjoys merging hay in the summer, along with training cattle for the county fair. This fall she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she will be majoring in dairy science. Holst is sponsored by Young Milk Transport.

Natalie Holst said her favorite thing to do on the farm is the milking. Living on the farm has taught her hard work and commitment, she added.

She hopes to use those skills when she attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Winona this fall. She is sponsored by Plainview Veterinary Clinic and Plainview Milk Products.

All will compete to be one of twelve finalists for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest held prior to the Minnesota State Fair in August.

The public is invited to attend the banquet and coronation.