Rebekka Paskewitz Represents Todd County as Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Rebekka Paskewitz, Princess Kay of the Milky Way

When the crown was first placed on her head, it took a moment for Todd County Dairy Princess Rebekka Paskewitz to fully comprehend what had just happened.

“It was unbelievable,” she says. “It took me a second to believe that the crown was actually being put on my head. Right away, I remember feeling so blessed. It felt great to know that all of the hard work was worth it.”

Paskewitz was crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on August 22nd, 2018. The Princess Kay program is sponsored by Midwest Dairy and funded by dairy farmers through their promotion checkoff.

Twelve county dairy princesses from throughout the state of Minnesota competed for this year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. The candidates were each judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, and enthusiasm for dairy.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Princess Kay from Todd County. The last one was back in 1965,” Paskewitz notes. “When I was selected, I thought about how neat it was to be able to step into this role and represent northern Minnesota and the dairy community we have here.”

Growing up, Paskewitz’s uncle owned a dairy farm just a quarter-mile down the road from where her family lived. She began showing calves in second grade and eventually ended up working on several dairy farms. She is the daughter of Alan and Vicki Paskewitz from Browerville. “I have a lot of hometown pride,” Rebekka Paskewitz says. “I am always proud to be from this area and I love saying I’m from Todd County.”

Now 21 years old, Paskewitz is pursuing a degree in agricultural education at South Dakota State University. Throughout the year, she has remained extremely active in Minnesota’s dairy community. Her role as Princess Kay of the Milky Way has brought her to numerous schools, community events, and other dairy-related activities.

Whether she is speaking to a group of farmers or getting the word out about dairy on social media, Paskewitz is passionate about promoting the importance of dairy and the people who provide it. She explains, “Dairy farmers have a very unique story. It’s not just a career, but it’s a lifestyle. I like going into classrooms and talking to kids about the work it takes to get milk to our fridges and into their classrooms. There’s a lot more work than most people realize.”

This June, during Dairy Month, Paskewitz will travel around the state to attend several Breakfast on the Farm events. She will continue to serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota’s nearly 3,000 dairy farm families until this coming August when a new Princess Kay of the Milky Way is crowned.

When asked if there is one message she wishes every person understood about dairy farming, Paskewitz is ready with her answer. “When it comes down to it, farmers care,” she says with conviction. “They care about their families and they care about yo

urs too. They care about their cows. They care about the environment. By supporting farmers, we can support the people who care.”