Theresa McConnon (nee Nadeau) ’81 was selected as the 2016 Klondike Kate at Saint Paul’s Winter Carnival on Jan. 13.
McConnon, a St. Paul resident and social worker for 30 years, is a two-time Klondike Kate finalist. With a great love of musical theater and concert, McConnon has a 15-year background in singing, dancing and acting in local community theaters, has 20 years of lessons in tap dancing, and has taken improvisation training and voice lessons. She is a wife and mother of one.
The Klondike Kate competition has been held as part of the festival since the 1970s and features a flamboyant cabaret-style show reminiscent of the Gold Rush. Members of the Royal Order of Klondike Kates now make more than 100 appearances a year through parades, at senior citizen’s homes, Meals on Wheels, Chamber of Commerce shows, conventions, benefits, the Minnesota State Fair and other engagements.
The carnival will run Jan. 28-Feb. 7.