Meet the 2018 Klondike Kate Candidates

She had beauty and charm, and she struck it rich in the Gold Rush of 1898 as the most famous dance hall girl in the north. She so charmed the legions of miners that they showered her with gold dust and nuggets, nicknaming her “Klondike Kate.”

In 1971, a contest was initiated for choosing a new Kate each year, but she became so in demand that past Klondike Kate Contest winners continue to perform to fulfill more performances. She has since become Saint Paul’s mistress of fun, frivolity, and good fellowship, and her role in the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Legend is to bring song, fun, and merriment to all activities.

Today, the Klondike Kates make over 100 appearances each year, including singing live on their award-winning float in summer parades and many other engagements, all while pursuing full-time business careers.

Join us Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Envision Event Center for the crowning of the 2018 Klondike Kate!

Meet the Candidates

Natalia Hemingway

Natalia can rock and roll!  She recently fronted a classic rock band and has been a member of the Minnesota Ladies Arm Wrestling League!  At 5 years old, she captivated the crowd at a street dance belting out “Achy Breaky Heart.”  Choosing three times to live in Minnesota, Natalia now lives in St. Louis Park and would love for St. Paul to choose her to be Klondike Kate!

Deborah Hess

This is Deborah’s second run for Klondike Kate.  She says, “give me a reason to dress up and become a persona and I’m there!”  She has the costume closet to prove it.  She‘s been a performer since childhood:  regional theater, karaoke, and the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Singers.  In 2015, Deborah was Senior Aquatennial Princess.  She’s always a lady, but knows how to strut her stuff!

Brenda Jordan

Brenda’s fascination with history and “how things used to be” has brought her to the Klondike Kate stage.  Mother to contestant, Miranda, Brenda raises chickens and ducks in Maple Lake, and volunteers at triathlons and marathons. Shy by nature, being entertaining and flirting brings out the naughty in this nice farmgirl!

Miranda Jordan

Miranda is a traveler, animal collector and actress with her sights set on Hollywood!  While rocking out in her car,  she creates random tunes she calls “Mirandoms.”  She loves performing and knowing her audience is having a good time.  She hails from Maple Lake. Tonight, she is sharing the stage with her mom, Brenda Jordan.  

Rachel Orzoff

Returning to the Klondike Kate stage for fourth time, Rachel has been both a professional and a local community performer. She shares her love of music at civic centers, nursing homes, street fairs, and fundraisers. She spent five years in prison………good thing she worked there and was able to go home every night! She’s just a nice Jewish mommy living in Bloomington crossed with a Jazz singer from Manhattan.

Shelley Pabst

In high school and college, performing on stage is where Shelley would light up!  She’s a farmer, computer programmer and avid yarn crafter.  She volunteers her grooming services for rescue dogs.  This South St. Paul gal decided as a child she wanted to be Klondike Kate when she grew up.  Shelley says its time!

Sheryl Williams

With a song in her heart and stardust in her eyes, Sheryl feels she was born to be Klondike Kate.  She is a wordsmith by day and a blackjack dealer by night.  She has performed in singing groups, small town theater, contests, and in recent years, has done a considerable of public speaking.  From the wilds of Welch Township, Sheryl is here for her second try at the Kate sash.

Get Tickets to the Fancy Hotdish Competition

Do you live for your great-grandma’s award-winning hotdish recipe? Do you like coming up with new and unique combinations for your neighborhood potluck?

The Fancy Hotdish Competition at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival can be your source for inspiration! Six top local chefs will be pit against each other as they reveal their thoughtfully-created recipes for hotdish at this unique competition. 

Join us at The Lexington in Saint Paul on February 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. to watch as entries are judged and awarded. Plus, you’ll be able to sample the entries and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice! 

Get your tickets for this fun night out now and get ready to be inspired by these chef’s unique recipes.

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Winter Carnival Music Lineup Announced

Rice Park Will Be Rockin’ During the 2017 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Once again the capitol city’s historic Rice Park  will act as center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. More than a dozen popular Minnesota-based bands will entertain Carnival-goers by providing a variety of musical genres as part of the Pabst Winter Carnival Music Series. 

The “Coolest Celebration on Earth” will be held January 26 – February 5, 2017. The Treasure Island Entertainment Stage will host live musical acts for nine days of the Winter Carnival. The stage will be situated in the center of Rice Park with the historic Landmark Center as its backdrop. 

Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to get outside, embrace winter, and enjoy the music. Below are some highlights for the 2017 Pabst Winter Carnival Music Series on the Treasure Island Entertainment Stage in Rice Park. For a full music lineup please Click Here.

Thursday, Jan. 26 
My Famous Friends – a fun and unique cover rock duo

Friday, Jan. 27
Poppa Bear Norton – an old school country hillbilly band with a devil-may-care attitude
Charlie Parr – this Minnesota music hero has his own take on blues and folk

Saturday, Jan. 28
Trainwreck Duet – acoustic with a kick, crazy banter and great music from classic rock to current pop

Sunday, Jan. 29
Walker West Ensemble – a “jazzy” collection of elementary and middle school students from Saint Paul’s Walker West Music Academy
McNasty Brass Band – this fully-acoustic 10-piece dance band will own the stage with its raw, organic mix of brass and drums

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – billed as “the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street,” this comedic dance-pop duo will bring an interactive dance party to Rice Park

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Mariachi Jalisco – playing the sound of the heart and soul of Mexico: Mariachi
West Side Band – established over 30 years ago, these R&B/Rockers are inducted in the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame

Thursday, Feb. 2
White Iron Band – delivering a distinctive mix of blues, country and Americana roots music

Friday, Feb. 3
Trailer Trash – this “band from honky-tonk heaven” brings traditional country music along with swing, rock and groove
Maiden Dixie – a six-member group performing original and cover music with a kinetic blend of country, pop and rock

Saturday, Feb. 4
Dirty Shorts Brass Band – a New Orleans-style brass band, playing everything from jazz to Dixie to funk to blues to rock n’ roll to gospel to swing…and back
Chase & Ovation – the renowned Minneapolis-based Prince Tribute Band will perform under the glow of a “purple” Rice Park