GOSHEN — This year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen is Stephanie Yoder of Middlebury.
At the queen contest Friday night, Yoder first learned that she was named Miss Congeniality. Several minutes later, she was named the 2012 fair queen.
“I am completely overwhelmed, but I am so excited,” Yoder said after receiving her crown and sash.
This was Yoder’s second time competing in the contest, also competing in 2010 when she was named second runner-up.
In an interview, 2011 Fair Queen Emily Mishler offered advice to the new queen.
“Have a good time, have a blast, but remember that it isn’t all about you,” Mishler said. “Take the time to make it about serving others.”
This year’s runners-up are Alexis Skillen, first runner-up; Jessica Gordon, second runner-up; Devon Aragona, third runner-up; and Cassie VanDiepenbos, fourth runner-up.
Yoder is a 2011 graduate of Northridge High School and the daughter of Randi and Anita Yoder. This fall, she will be a sophomore at Huntington University, studying public relations and marketing. She completed 10 years of 4-H last year, spending time in three different clubs through those years.
This week, she’ll spend much of her time on the fairgrounds with Nancy Miller, this year’s Senior Queen and that contest’s Miss Congeniality, greeting fairgoers and speaking at fair events.
“The fair is always my favorite time of my entire summer,” Yoder said.