Helmrichs Honored with Pork Industry’s State Belle Ringer Award

A rural Manchester woman has been honored on the state level for her many years promoting pork.

Shirley Helmrichs received the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s State Belle Ringer Award. She was nominated by the Delaware County Pork Board, who say the group wouldn’t be possible without her.

Helmrichs says the honor came as a huge surprise – especially since she is the one who sends those kinds of nominations in to the state – but she appreciates the recognition, saying pork promotion is something she and her late husband, Otis, got involved with right after they were married.

And since 1993, Helmrichs has been the go-to person on the Delaware County Pork Board.

Helmrichs says it’s been important to her to do what she can to promote the pork industry.

Helmrichs received the honor at the Delaware County Pork Board’s Pie Contest and Auction last weekend.

New Little Delaware County Pork Royalty were also crowned, with Owen Hubbard of Manchester named Little Sir Hamalot, Lexi LeClere of Ryan named Little Miss Pigtails and Chloe Hubbard of Manchester named Alternate Little Miss Pigtails.

And Nancy Appleton of Greeley won the “Bake It With Lard” Pie Contest with her peach pie, receiving the $100 1st place cash prize. Other place winners included Darlene Cornwell, Lindsay Manternach, Shirley Manternach and Sharon Koopmann.

The pies were auctioned off after dinner, with Appleton’s winning pie sold to Keuter Construction for $425. Nearly seventy pies were entered in the contest and auctioned off – with most of those pies each bringing in around $100 to $200, raising thousands of dollars for the Delaware County Pork Board, who will use the money to promote pork and renovate the swine building at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

The Pork Board also auctioned off several items to raise money for a memorial for fellow board member Amy Mullis of Earlville, who died in November. Renee Adams will fill Mullis’ spot on the board.


(photos by Janelle Tucker & Delaware County Pork Board)