SUGARCREEK -- The 2013 queen and princess were crowned and several board members were elected at the 2013 Tuscarawas County Pork Producers annual banquet held
March 18 at Union Hill United Methodist Church in Sugarcreek.
Morgan Woodhall, 16-year old daughter of Joe and Nadine Woodhall of Dover, was crowned queen, while Maddy Schupp, 13-year old daughter of Todd and Jackie Schupp of
New Philadelphia was crowned princess.
Morgan is no stranger to the royal scene, having served as the 2009 Tuscarawas County Pork Industry Princess. She has taken a market hog project for eight years as a member of Brisky Buckeyes 4-H Club.
The new queen has served her club as president for two years and will be president again this year. In addition to market hogs, she has taken rabbit, broiler and sewing projects. She is a sixth grade camp counselor and a member of the food and fashion board.
Morgan is a junior at Dover High School and a member of the Dover High School Marching Band and Concert Band and high school swim team and is a member of the Key Club. She is a member of her church youth group.
"I look forward to representing the Tuscarawas County Pork Industry as queen. I hope to accomplish a lot this year, along with my princess, Maddy Schupp. I hope to spread the word about the pork industry as much as I can through activities and parades," Morgan said.
The new princess attends Indian Valley Middle School where she is a member of the school band and marching band and she belongs to the brass choir at the Sharon Moravian Church.
Maddy has been a member of the Buckhorn Buckshots 4-H Club for seven years and is a two-year member of Safe Shots.
She loves the outdoors, fishing, hunting playing softball and working with her market hogs.
Jamie Beaber, whose sister was the 2009 Tuscarawas County pork queen, was in charge of the contest.
Scholarships will be awarded to Tuscarawas County high school or college students pursuing a degree in agriculture or an ag-related field.
Rod Endsley and Sue Canfield were elected to the board of directors.
Guest speaker Dr. Terri Specht used a power point presentation and spoke about her work with Dr. Bill Minton in Chickasaw, where they focus mainly on swine health and production, along with some feedlot cattle medicine.
"Some of my daily routines include monitoring sow unit performance by walking through the farrowing, gestation, and breeding areas on the farm," she said. "We also go through production records to see where improvements can be made.
"I also service pigs in all stages of grow out from weaning up to market weight (260) to look for any health challenges that may be occurring. This includes visiting nurseries and finishing barns on a routine basis," Dr. Specht.
Dr. Specht explained another phase of her daily routine.
"Some other work that Dr. Minton and I have been involved in is the export of live pigs to other countries. This is an involved process which requires tremendous coordination between the export company, the USDA office/veterinarians, involved countries' veterinarians, the manager at the barns, and others. These animals must go through certain testing for specific diseases required by the importing country before exporting can take place," she explained. "Once all required procedures are met, the animals are sent on an airplane accompanied by an export coordinator to the importing country."
Dr. Specht grew up on her family's dairy and crop farm near Sugarcreek and during her youth was involved in the 4-H club program, winning many awards for her projects. She is a daughter of Charles and Jean Specht
"The 4-H program was very instrumental in helping me arrive where I am today," she said. "I learned very valuable life lessons being involved with the 4-H program."