For me the "official" start of the Minnesota State Fair is the Princess Kay of the Milky Way Coronation. It is held the Wednesday evening before the start of the Fair on Thursday. In the picture is M C Rod Johnson who was the Farm Broadcaster at KDHL a few years before I started. In the other picture is the twelve finalists sitting on the stage. The Princess Kay of the Milky Way is the good will ambassador representing the entire dairy industry in Minnesota!