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Rostad wanted to be a butterhead

By Janet Kubat Willette

Date Modified: 08/30/2013 1:26 PM

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ZUMBROTA, Minn. – A 2012 Kenyon-Wanamingo graduate is among this year's Princess Kay finalists.

Rachael Rostad, the daughter of Joel and Bridget, was the fifth contestant named May 19 during a May training event for dairy princesses. Fellow Goodhue County Dairy Princess Libby Mills also is a finalist.

This is the second year Rostad, 19, competed to be a Princess Kay finalist. She was more comfortable during the competition this time around, she said. She practiced her three- to four-minute speech with her sorority sisters at Beta of Clovia, including former Princess Kay Mary Zahurones. She also was judged on a mock media interview and a personal interview.

"I felt pretty good about how I did with my speech . . . my media interview," Rostad said.

Yet, it was an unexpected surprise when she heard the clues and quickly realized the emcee was talking about her.

Being named Princess Kay is something some girls want all their life, Rostad said, and she was one of them. It wasn't so much being Princess Kay as having her head carved out of butter that intrigued the dairy farmer's daughter. She remembers going to the state fair as a child and seeing the butterheads. From that moment on, she wanted to be a butterhead.

Come the 2013 state fair, Rostad will sit in a rotating cooler in the dairy barn and have her likeness carved into a 90-pound block of butter.

When she was seven-years-old she didn't have a concept of what Princess Kay was. However, she admired the county dairy princesses who came into her classroom to talk about dairy products. She wanted to be just like them when she grew up.

That's one of the reasons she so enjoys making classroom visits as a Goodhue County Dairy Princess. Last year, she visited six or seven school districts, mostly talking with elementary students. At each stop, she'd talk about how milk gets from the cow to grocery store. She stresses the importance of three servings of dairy products a day and talks about the essential nutrients in dairy products.

She also takes questions.

It's fun to think that there may be a little girl just like her at that age, sitting at her desk and thinking that one day she too can grow up to be a dairy princess, Rostad said.

She honed her public speaking skills during those classroom presentations and also during dairy promotional events. May is busy with school visits and June is filled with customer appreciation events at banks throughout the county. In August, it's the Goodhue County Fair, where she'll help hand out ribbons at the dairy shows and participate in a milking contest. She rides in parades throughout the summer. This summer, she hopes to visit child care centers to deliver a dairy message.

Rostad said she ran for county dairy princess again not only to continue to promote Goodhue County's dairy farmers, but also to run again for Princess Kay.

As a finalist, she'll have two special events this summer. The Butterhead Blast will be at the end of June. The finalists will have media training in late July.

When Rostad isn't busy promoting dairy products throughout Goodhue County, she can be found on the family's 60-cow dairy or at her mother's restaurant in downtown Zumbrota. They milk mostly Holsteins, with one Red and White Holstein and a few Jerseys. She feeds calves and milks cows. Her mother's cafe is Bridget's.