National Pork Queen

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

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 17, 2020
     Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions

I will not make a joke about porking or being porked.
I will not make a joke about porking or being porked.
I will not make a joke about porking or being porked.
There. I made it thru this post.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/17/20 at 06:39 AM
Honestly, being called Miss Piggy is not the first thing I thought of.
Posted by F.U.D in Stockholm on 04/17/20 at 08:53 AM
Huh huh huh... he said “pork”...
Posted by Brian on 04/17/20 at 01:29 PM
Sue should've changed her name to Sus instead.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/18/20 at 10:04 AM
I misread the title as "National PARK Queen" and was then confused about why there were so many references to hog raising. I took another slug of coffee and things became clearer.
Posted by KDP on 04/19/20 at 10:02 AM
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