Beth Olson, a Winona County Fair Hall of Fame honoree from Lewiston, grew up on a dairy farm owned by her parents Allen and Donna Aarsvold south of Fremont, along with three sisters.
She graduated from Peterson High School, and was very proud to be crowned the 24th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair, representing Winona County.
“I have lived in Winona County all my life except for the two years I worked at Mayo Clinic as a medical secretary ... so it feels like home to live in Winona County, and it is such a beautiful place,” she said.
In 1981, Olson married her husband Jim and the couple operate a dairy farm south of Lewiston along with daughter Katie. Their son, Trent, lives near Madison with wife Kristin.
Beth is no stranger to the Winona County Fair and Winona County 4-H. She was a 4-H leader for 15 years, served on the 4-H dairy committee, helped with 4-H project judging during the fair and for the past 27 years she and Jim have hosted 4-H dairy judging practice on their farm.
The Olson family was also honored in 2006 with the Winona County Conservation Farmer of the Year award, and in 2016 was named the Winona County Farm Family.
Olson also has served the community and beyond in many other ways.
Those activities have included the Rochester Holstein Association, state Princess Kay committee, Southeast Youth Dairy Show and various committees at her church. She serves on the board of directors for MiEnergy Cooperative.