Harrod ’12 Pork Queen: Wapak FFA member crowned county’s industry royalty

The daughter of Barb and Jeff Harrod of Wapakoneta took home the honor Sunday of being named the 2012 Auglaize County pork industry queen during the Auglaize County Pork Producers annual banquet.

Ann Harrod, who is a member of the Wapakoneta High School track and tennis teams and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is involved in FFA and the Student Senate and works as a student teacher assistant at the school.

Her non-school activities include St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she is a member of the youth group, the youth choir and is an altar server. Harrod attends dance classes and is in her eighth

year as a member of 4-H.

Harrod said she was totally surprised by being named this year’s queen.

“It was very agonizing,” Harrod said with a smile on waiting for the announcement. “I was scared and very shaky just waiting.  I was very surprised.”

Harrod said she plans to use the opportunity to try to get more youth involved in the pork industry.

“I like helping younger kids,” Harrod said. “They are the future of the industry. I want to stress getting the youth more involved.”

Harrod is planning on attending The Ohio State University and pursuing a degree in nursing, specializing in ultrasound technology or medical imaging.

Logan Badertscher, a senior at Waynesfield-Goshen and the daughter of Chuck Badertscher, Abby Wilker, a sophomore at St. Marys High School and the daughter of Cindy and Gene Wilker, and Lacey Rosterfer, a junior at Waynesfield-Goshen and a junior at Waynesfield-Goshen, were also contestants for the crown. Badertscher was chosen as the first runner-up.

Each contestant presented a short speech on the pork industry and was asked an unrehearsed question for judging. The question was, “Say you are doing an in-store promotion for pork and a consumer approaches. They say they don’t eat pork because it isn’t healthy. What do you say?”

The judging panel was made up of Alanna Lotz, a Shelby County native who was 2005 Shelby County pork queen and the 2007 Ohio pork queen, and Carol Fleck, who lives on a hog and cattle farm in Chickasaw and has had many children and step-children compete in the county and state fairs.

During her speech, Harrod spoke on the importance of quality assurance in the pork industry.

“As pork producers, we are committed to safe food and being environmentally safe,” Harrod said.

Harrod credited her father with playing a huge role in showing her how to be a responsible pork producer.

Harrod answered the unrehearsed question by stating she would tell the customer that pork is nutritious.

“Pork now has fewer calories and fat than boneless chicken breast,” Harrod said. “I would tell them to give it a chance. Pork is now leaner. I would tell them that they should experience it and get to know what they are eating.”

Dan Wilson, owner of Wilson 1 Communications, emceed the event. Harrod was presented her crown and sash by 2011 Auglaize County Pork Industry Queen Shelby Core.