The first Cokato queen was crowned in 1948. At the time, the winner was called the Fire Queen. The ceremony was always a major event, with entertainment, a talent contest, and in later years, music provided by the Corn Carnival Band.
Cokato Legion Post 209 sponsored the contest, held early each January, and continued to do so until 1986. The ceremony then became part of the Corn Canival, quickly becoming one of its most anticipated events. The terraces in Peterson Park are filled to capacity for the ceremony.
Cokato's queens take part in numerous celebrations in neighboring communities, appearing in almost two dozen parades. They appear at a long list of area events such as the Business Expo and National Night Out and they also spend time at a number of volunteer endeavors in our community.
They also enter the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Shawna Bodenhammer (1996), Julianne Borg (2000) and Emily McKonkey (2008) were crowned Aquatennial Princesses. Karen Erlandson (1966) and Sara Borg (1994) are Cokato queens who have been gone on to become Queen of the Lakes at the Aquatennial.
The Cokato Museum has a photo wall of all the Cokato Queens on dispay during each Corn Canival. The museum also maintains a list of all Cokato royalty (queens and princesses).