Miss Sleepy Eye 2010, Madeline Schmitz, is hoping to do her best to fill some pretty big shoes this year at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

Last year, the candidates raised a total of 5,416 pounds of food, 80 percent of which was raised by Miss Sleepy Eye 2009, Mikayla Mages, Madeline’s cousin.


Miss Sleepy Eye 2010, Madeline Schmitz, is hoping to do her best to fill some pretty big shoes this year at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
Last year, the candidates raised a total of 5,416 pounds of food, 80 percent of which was raised by Miss Sleepy Eye 2009, Mikayla Mages, Madeline’s cousin.

“She just really represented Sleepy Eye so well and I’d really like to be able to do that,”?said Schmitz.

A large part of what made Mages’ portion of the 5,416 pounds possible was Del Monte, who contributed a large share of her portion.

In addition to getting the word out around Sleepy Eye and asking for donations, Schmitz hopes that Del Monte will contribute again this year.

“Mikayla really raised the bar,”?Schmitz said. “I?think that other candidates will try reaching out to companies like she did now.”

She says that so far she has been working closely with Julie Schmitt with the Chamber of Commerce to organize the food drive in Sleepy Eye, and she hopes the community will rally together to help those in need.

“I’ll just have to keep asking,”?Schmitz said. “And do my best to represent everyone when I go to Minneapolis.”

She looks forward to the Aquatennial Competition, something she recognizes as having been in her family. two years ago her sister, Amanda Schmitz, attended the competition as did her aforementioned cousin, Mikayla Magus.

The competition will last from July 17 until July 23, during which the 50 candidates will be judged based on their personality and ability to represent their community in order to see who will be the best representative of the Aquatennial.

“I’m just going to go and be myself,”?said Schmitz when asked what her plan was for the competition. “Whatever happens, happens.”

As a three year employee of Divine Providence and a student in the nursing program at Gustavus, Schmitz is most looking forward to the Aquatennial veteran’s home visit during the competition. She also hopes to befriend as many of the other girls as possible and, if she wins, do her very best as either the queen or one of the two princesses.

“I feel like it would be an honor, especially coming from a small town. I think it would bring in the outlook of Minnesota to the program,”?Schmitz said.

Anyone interested in donating to the food drive is welcome to contact Madeline Schmitz or leave donations at the chamber of commerce in Sleepy Eye.