What would your wildest dream coming true look like? Would that dream look like a spouse and several smiling children? Would it be a big new barn, new equipment and plenty of acres? Would your dream be your child’s highest achievement, a full-ride scholarship or a phone call from a professional sports team? For me, my wildest dream looked like a crown settling on my head last August, with everything that came with it. For me, the fulfillment of my dream has been more than I could ask for. Let me count the ways.
    First, it has given me the opportunity to share what drives me, and why I love the dairy community. The answers to these next several questions have become the most important things I have shared all year long.
    Why is dairy farming worthwhile?
    The answer I came to realize last summer for myself is an answer I have shared again and again and again. Dairy farming is more than a job. It is a way I can bless my local community by providing nutritious, healthy food.
    What are my goals as a dairy princess?
    First, my goal as Princess Kay is to be all about dairy farmers. This crown is not about me. It is about the hard work, dedication and excellence of all the dairy farmers of Minnesota. My second goal is to bring a smile to the face of each person I interact with. I know that may sound simplistic, but a moment that uplifts someone’s day and leaves a positive bookmark in their mind next to a dairy farmer princess named Amy is something I think will make a difference. Princess Kay has the power of bringing people together. As Princess Kay, my goal is to be a bridge to bring people together no matter how different our backgrounds, lives or circumstances may be.
    My dream come true has also meant opportunities and learning curves I would have never dreamed of.
    The first opportunity was media interviews. Before being Princess Kay, I could count on one hand the number of times any media had been any part of my life. Becoming Princess Kay totally changed that. A new window of opportunity opened up. From the whirlwind of the first few days to today, each opportunity is special. This month, I have done quite a few media interviews ranging from phone calls for radio and print (I did one of those sitting in our calf pasture part way through feeding calves) to Zoom calls for TV. What a blessing to share.
    The second opportunity of being Princess Kay was social media. If you would have told me a year ago that today I would often be posting twice a day on social media, I would have said, “You’re crazy.” This month, I have been trying something new on social media. I have been taking a photo or video from my morning work on our farm and posting it with a short, simple caption and the hashtag #aroundthefarm. I can give people a simple peak into what it looks like to work on a dairy farm.
    The next thing my dream meant was people. People I have met at events, people I get to work with, people I interact with on Zoom. This past month, I have been able to meet even more people. Early in the month, I was talking with shoppers as they came to get their malts outside a grocery store in Hutchinson. Next, I was talking with attendees at the Minnesota Holstein Field Day at KurthKine Holsteins. Finally, I was enjoying baseball at a Rochester Honkers game where I got to sing the national anthem alongside my sisters, help with a cow milking contest, give out cow hats and more. The people I meet are such an important part of what I get to do as Princess Kay.
    There have been so many moments throughout the year that have filled me with joy. Whether it was the pure excitement of the crown on my head, the smiles that a child’s answer can bring, the reward of a social media post doing well or the opportunity to talk about something I truly care about, being Princess Kay has brought so much joy. I am so utterly thankful for this opportunity, and I will treasure this year. For each one of you, I hope my reign has brought you joy as I represented you, and that today as you read this, you have a smile on your face.
    Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Amy Kyllo, serves as the Minnesota dairy community’s goodwill ambassador. Throughout the year, Princess Kay helps people understand the dedication of dairy farmers to wholesome and nutritious food, and the way milk is produced. Princess Kay does many school presentations, represents dairy farmers at the Fuel Up To Play 60 events that are held in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings, and is very active during June Dairy Month sharing the importance of dairy farming and dairy foods. Amy grew up in Byron, Minnesota, living and working on her family’s dairy farm. She is a senior at the Free Lutheran Bible College. She enjoys music, loves to read and is an avid Minnesota Twins baseball fan.