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Plight of the Pork Queen

post #1 of 10
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Who knew?

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05157/516626.stm
post #2 of 10
Sounds like a Diane Arbus subject gone astray.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Sounds like a Diane Arbus subject gone astray.

It reminds me of a Flannery O'Connor short story.
post #4 of 10
it's a different world out there.
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Cassidy Greiman grew up there washing barns, castrating pigs and hoping she might one day be the Pork Queen. "Ever since I was little, it's kind of been a goal or dream of mine," says Ms. Greiman
post #5 of 10
It's sad that these old traditions are all dying out.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by StevenRocks
It's sad that these old traditions are all dying out.

That appears to be the case here, but I don't know if that's the case in general. Pageants are still big stuff, and a lot of these "queen this" and "queen that" titles are the little pageants that get a contestant into the big state pageants.

For example, not far from where I'm at right now, there's a 'Miss Chocolate Fest,' and usually the winner goes on to compete in the pageant for Miss Wisconsin. I think that local title is still heavily contested.
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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:
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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.
post #8 of 10
Sign me up for the "Queen of Melons".
post #9 of 10
A little Wordsworth for Pork Queens now and forever:

"Though nothing can bring back the hour\t
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;\t
We will grieve not, rather find\t
Strength in what remains behind..."
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
A little Wordsworth for Pork Queens now and forever: "Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind..."
Baby Got Back, in other words?
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