Originally Posted by StevenRocks
It's sad that these old traditions are all dying out.
At first, I thought the whole concept of the "Pork Queen" was quite amusing, but after reading the article it becomes clear that it is simply part of a culture that is part of the fascinating diversity that makes up America. Being from the coastal Northeast, it is something I could not have imagined and is curiously foreign. But yes, it is sad that this tradition that has enriched the lives of generations of people for whom this industry is a way of life appears to be in its twilight years.
I particularly loved this part:
She also decoded ear notches that farmers use to tell pigs apart and selected the correct dosage of vaccine to give a 250-pound sow. She was in another room when judges asked the eventual runner-up, Brooke Albertsen of Toledo, Iowa, the current market price of hogs and Ms. Albertsen shot back: "Carcass or live?"
For substance, the Pork Queen has the typical crop of vapid Hollywood starlets beat hands down.