The National Pork Queen contest launched in 1959, with Elaine Steimel of DeKalb, Illinois chosen to be the first Pork Queen.
Marion Star - Dec 30, 1959
It ended in 1988, with Christi Lynn Bentley of Sabina, Ohio chosen as the final queen. A spokesman for the pageant said that it was being ended, in part, because national pork queens “have been subjected to remarks when they were introduced into metropolitan areas to promote pork… More and more, they’ve been thrown comments about Miss Piggy and things like that.”
Dayton Daily News - Mar 31, 1988
Perhaps the most enthuasiastic Pork Queen was 1973 winner Soo Klingaman of Waterloo, Ohio. She legally changed her first name from ‘Sue’ to ‘Soo’ so that she could identify more closely with pigs.
Sioux City Journal - Mar 26, 1973
Kay Eickmeier, 1961 Pork Queen
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions