This was exciting for me because I was asked to emcee my first event since the beginning of the COVOD-19 pandemic! It was the Steele Count American Dairy Association (ADA) 68th annual Dairy Princess, 21st annual Junior Dairy Ambassador and 8th annual Duke and Duchess Box Lunch Banquet at the Foundation Building on the Steele County Fairgrounds. It was held Saturday at noon on a warm and sunny day.

Seven young ladies were crowned Steele County Dairy Princess. They include Maggie Bruns daughter of John and Lisa Burns of Blooming Prairie, Samantha Fredlin daughter of Julie Evers and Scott Fredin of Owatonna, Courtney Kath daughter of Matt and Jill Kath of Owatonna, Kylie Knuckeberg of Owatonna, Hailey Rysavy daughter of Ben and Wendy Rysavy of Owatonna, Katelyn Rysavy daughter of Joe and Cheryl Rysavy of Owatonna and Lollner Daughter of Mark and Gail Zollner of Owatonna.

Junior Dairy Ambassadors recognized include Chase Balzer son of Reid and Eve Balzer of Owatonna, Claira Balzer daughter of Brandon and Baily Balzer of Owatonna, Ava Cox daughter of Lindsay and Andy Cox of Owatonna, Chloe Garten daughter of Denise and Garten Garten of Owatonna, Lukas Halla son of Jackie Larson and Andrew Halla of Owatonna, Madi Murphy daughter of Jon and Kim Murphy of Owatonna, Afton Nelson daughter of Tim Nelson of Owatonna and Stacy Nelson of Glencoe, Andy Nelson son of Casy and Amy Nelson of Ellendale. Kellen Nelson son of Tim Nelson of Owatonna and Stacy Nelson of Glencoe, Marcus Rysavy son of Ben and Wendy Rysavy of Owatonna, Anton Schroeder son of Wade and Mary Schroeder of Owatonna, Weston Schroht  son of Aaron Schroht and Brooke Schroht of Owatonna, Weston Schroht and Brooke Schroht of Owatonna and Ali Slater daughter of Chris and Andrea Slater of Owatonna.

Dukes and Duchesses recognized include Eliza Balzer daughter of Brandon and Bailey Balzer of Owatonna, Penelope Balzer daughter of Brandon and Bailer Balzer of Owatonna, Isaac Demmer son of Scott and Katie Demmer of Ellendale, Evan Halla son of Jackie Larson and Andrew Halla of Owatonna, Mackenzie Jacobsen daughter of Beth Schroht and Craig Jacobsen of Owatonna, Olivia Jacobsen daughter of Beth Schroht and Craig Jacobson of Owatonna, Cail Nelson daughter of Casey and Amy Nelson of Ellendale, and August Schroht son of Aaron Schroht and Brooke Schroht of Owatonna.

In addition The Milk Pitcher Award and Pull Together Award was given to Bryan Whitney. Plus Mary Schroeder was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank You to the Steele County American Dairy Association for allowing me to be a part of their Box Lunch Banquet!

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