Hailey Lucht was crowned the Ford-Iroquois Pork Queen June 3.
It’s a crown she’s going to wear proudly this year, as the pork queen is someone she’s looked up to in the fair barns for years.
It’s quite meaningful to her. in the role, she said, “I get to be a good role model to the young ones in the barn. I want to tell those who sit last in the barn how well they did.”
Being the pork queen has been a goal, and she had her chance last year to be in the running but she said she didn’t feel prepared enough. This year she was up against two other teens.
She is the daughter of Anthony and Danielle Lucht, Milford.
Her interest in pigs started when she was about four-years-old, following around her cousin, Anna Lucht, as she kept her swine.
“I fell in love with it right away.”
When she was old enough for 4-H, she started showing pigs herself. And every since, she said she’s done pretty well in competitions. In Texas she had the champion Berkshire boer and the reserve champion Berkshire gilt. “We show all year ‘round.” Her youngest sister, Kirstyn, shows with her a lot but middle sister Jordin has put her interest into sports.
She said swine is a family business, one that goes back to her great grandfather.
It’s her father who is a main contributor to interest, noting that he’s been a good chauffeur getting her and the pigs around to the various shows across the country.
They have four sows and 11-12 show pigs. She said she’s now the proud owner of her own show pig. “It’s just legally mine. I get to decide who to breed it with and who to sell to. All the money goes to my college fund, which is pretty nice.”
Lucht is 17-years-old and is a junior at Milford High School. She said her interest in school has moved from sports to FFA, and, of course, keeping her grades up. She said she stays active.
Lucht plans to attend Lakeland College after she graduates, and there’s a possibility she’ll transfer to Western Illinois University when the time comes.