These past two months have been quite different from the nice little Google calendar that I have on my phone. Now, I get really excited to have a reason to drive a car and leave the driveway. For me as Princess Kay, this spring and summer has brought both sadness at opportunities lost but even more important the appreciation of opportunities gained. I have realized in these past few months that opportunities are a privilege not a right. Each one is a gift worth being thankful for. Allow me to talk about these opportunities gained.
    First, there has been time at home with my family. Sitting together with a meal has presented many wonderful, simple moments. Those meals nearly always have dairy products part of them. One of the four pillars of Undeniably Dairy is that dairy gives undeniable enjoyment. These past months have been more of many simple testaments to that in my own life.
    I have also been able to be more active on my family’s dairy farm. The extra help combined with some sunny weather has allowed for a moderately stress-free spring. The feeling that there might actually be enough time to get the work done is a huge gift.
    One unexpected opportunity is called Zoom. A few months ago, I had only heard of Zoom from talk radio ads. Now, I feel like an old hand at it. Between college distance learning and Princess Kay, I have signed into countless meetings.
    One Zoom meeting was with the Mabel-Canton school. It was fun to be able to do a school visit. I had a lot of pictures, videos and even a book for one of them. I was able to share my screen with participants so they could see all the slide material I had to share. It was a new opportunity to share in a different way.
    I also was able to meet with the Dakota County 4-H group via Zoom. I shared my family’s dairy farm story and my duties there. We played a game of dairy trivia aimed at being both informative and enjoyable. We also played pictionary using Zoom’s whiteboard screen sharing technology. I enjoyed getting to teach through games. It was an opportunity to share important information while keeping it fun and interactive for the participants.
    I have been so thankful that COVID-19 has not canceled social media. I can share information, pictures, videos and more on Facebook and Instagram. In fact, it gives almost endless possibilities for innovative dairy sharing opportunities. If you have not followed Princess Kay on either of those platforms, I encourage you to do so.
    The opportunities do not end there. Just this week, I worked to film a cooking show that will air in June. I got to have my own little table where I prepared my dishes while conversing with the hostess of the show about dairy farming, dairy nutrition and my reign as Princess Kay.
    Another opportunity was to create a dairy farm tour of my family’s dairy farm. I hauled willing family videographers all over my farm so the video shares the elements of feed storage, TMR, feed bunks, dry cows, milking procedure, milk storage, farm to table and calf feeding. This video was shared with a preschool group along with videos from other avenues of agriculture so they did not completely miss their usual field trip to the farm.  
    I also was able to help with announcing the Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists via a video on Facebook. It was a great opportunity to celebrate our dairy advocates all across the state of Minnesota. I am excited to meet all the finalists this summer.
    Though the avenues might change or my schedule look different, I am committed to representing your excellence as dairy farmers. I am excited that though I may be the 66th woman to wear this crown, I am sailing through uncharted territory. If you have a group who is looking for something a little different, whether that be a virtual event or a socially distant one, consider requesting me. With all my heart, I will be representing you this summer.
    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.