GOSHEN — Fancheon Resler received the crown as 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Senior Queen this morning, Friday, July 19. Resler has been involved with the fair for years. All four of her children were in 4-H for 10 years, and she has four grandchildren in the 4-H Swine Club.
She’s married to Herb Resler and volunteers at Goshen’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, The Crossing alternative school and at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Center.
Her predecessor, Nancy Miller, said the best advice she has is, “relax and have fun. Enjoy everything. The memories are great.”
Resler’s court included second runner-up Joan Shaffer and first runner-up Linda Tunks. Linda Miller was named “Miss Congeniality” by the other 10 contestants.
For the first major event on the fair’s opening day, it was a cool one — because organizers moved it to Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School.
Contest organizer Ginny Nichols and Randy Sharkey, who shared the host duties with Nichols, estimated the crowd was about 500. “That’s more than we would have had if we’d stayed at the grounds,” Nichols said. That’s because of the heat and humidity, which may bring a heat index above 100 degrees this afternoon, though forecasts call for better weather during most of Resler’s reign.
Resler said she looks forward to serving as senior queen. “I’m going to get around,” she said. She especially looks forward to showing a pig with her grandchildren, seeing parts of the fair she’s never experienced, and, “I’m going to taste everything.”
She’s an active member of Waterford Mennonite Church and of the Michiana Master Gardeners. She won a Best of Show award in the Home and Family Arts competitions Thursday.