HUNTERTOWN — July 27 must have been Rebekah Huelsenbeck’s day. She worked hard to raise and prepare her five hogs for the Allen County 4-H Swine show, but she was not prepared for the level of success that actually paid out.
Huelsenbeck had five project animals, two gilts and three barrows. Of the five, none placed lower than second in their class.
She won her class and grand champion overall gilt with one, and placed second in her class with the other. In the barrow show, she won her class and was awarded champion Berkshire barrow. With another barrow, she received reserve champion Hampshire barrow, and took champion crossbreed barrow and reserve grand champion overall with her third barrow.
She also competed in Swine Showmanship at the Senior Level, getting second place in the Showmanship Competition.
Huelsenbeck was also a contestant in the 2018 Miss Allen County Pageant.
She is the daughter of Lynn and Mari Huelsenbeck of Avilla, rural Noble County. She is one of five children and she will be a senior at Smith-Green Community Schools. Huelsenbeck is deeply involved in high school athletics, New Era Show Choir and National Honor Society, along with being a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church praise team.
Huelsenbeck is the granddaughter of the late Hershel and Freda Huelsenbeck, formerly of Avilla, and Luther and Becky Gross of rural Allen County. She comes from an extensive line of 4-H family success being led by her mother and grandfather. Huelsenbeck is a nine-year 4-H member and is looking forward to her livestock competitions in 2019.
She is also an aspiring entrepreneur, having her own small lawn care service company to help support her 4-H livestock projects.