Saturday evening Dick and I attended a community theater performance in Pequot Lakes (Minnesota), which is 17 miles north of Brainerd. The musical comedy was called A Don't Hug Me County Fair "where the Bunyan County Fair is the biggest thing that's happened since the winter carnival snowplow parade. Bunyan Bar owners Gunner and Clara Johnson are pumped for the County Fair Fishing Contest and the Miss Walleye Queen competition. Bernice, the pretty waitress, sees a chance to win Miss Walleye Queen and aspires to have her face carved in butter at the State Fair. The trouble begins when Clara decides she also wants to be Miss Walleye Queen and when Gunner's estranged twin sister, Trigger, shows up on the same quest things get ugly". The performance was so small-town... so Minnesotan. The show runs yet tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $12 adults, $10 seniors (60 and older), and $8 youth.
Annually, at the Minnesota State Fair, the Midwest Dairy Association crowns a "Princess Kay of the Milky Way" selected from contestants from counties throughout the state. Since 1965, scupltures of the winning Princess Kay and other finalists have been carved, one per day, as fair goers watch from outside a glass-walled walk-in refrigerator. Each finalist sits motionless over a span of 6-8 hours while a sculptor carves their likeness from a 90 pound block of butter. (Source: midwestdairy.com.)
Kristy Mussman 2008 Princess Kay of the Milky Way