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Stewartville woman runner-up in Princess Kay competition

Mary Zahurones, center, of Pierz, is crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way on Thursday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Looking on are runners up Theresa Twohey, left, of Stewartville, and Stephanie Kasper, of Owatonna.

FALCON HEIGHTS — With tears welling up in her eyes, runner-up and Miss Congeniality Theresa Twohey hugged supporters following the 58th Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation Wednesday night.

Mary Zahurones, of Pierz, representing Morrison County, was named the 2011 Princess Kay of the Milky Way. She'll have her likeness carved in butter today, the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair.

Twohey, 20, an Olmsted County Dairy Princess from Stewartville, was cheered on by a contingent wearing black T-shirts with purple writing reading "Olmsted County Dairy Princess Theresa for Princess Kay of the Milky Way 2011."

"I cannot begin to say enough about the people in Olmsted County," Twohey said, adding that's she's honored to represent the county's dairy farmers.

"It was an amazing experience," Twohey said.


Twohey will spend the 12 days of the state fair tending the Showcase Herd of Milking Shorthorns. She also will spend Saturday in the cooler in the dairy building having her likeness carved in butter by sculptor Linda Christensen.

Twohey was named Miss Congeniality by her peers in the competition and finished as runner-up. Steele County Dairy Princess Stephanie Kasper, of Owatonna, was the other runner-up.

Zahurones will spend the next year as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's nearly 4,500 dairy farmers.

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