today's fair report
1. Auction breaks record
This year's Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction raised $1,160,342.28 – an all-time record for the event.
2. Bring an umbrella
The forecast shows there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Otherwise, expect a mix of cloudy and sunny skies.
3. Seeing fireworks
The close of the fair will be celebrated with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. at the grandstand.
4. A cowboy's life
We sat down with a man competing in the rodeo to ask him five questions about being a cowboy.
5. The Senior Queen
Rosalie Bontrager, this year's Senior Queen, spared some time between her royal duties to chat with one of our reporters.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair queen pageant will feature 41 contestants

The pageant is at 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the grandstand.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:21 a.m.

Here are the contestants entered for the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen pageant. The program will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the 4-H grandstand.

Britnei Woodworth

Parents: Ryan and Stephanie Weldy, Jason Woodworth

Age: 18

Education: IPFW freshman, communications; Northridge High School graduate

Involvement: Color Guard/Marching Band, Winter Guard Volunteer for Bremen High School, Cross Country Manager, Elkhart County 4-H Swine, Elkhart County 4-H Poultry, Elkhart County 4-H Media Club, Elkhart County 4-H Junior Leaders.

Hobbies: travel, photography, music.

Sponsor: 4-H Poultry Club

Monica Stutzman

Parents: Craig and Angela Stutzman

Age: 18

Education: Vogue Beauty School, cosmetology; homeschool graduate

Involvement: 4-H Concord Lads and Lassies, softball, soccer, skateboarding, dance.

Hobbies: travel, reading, writing, photography, manicuring.

Sponsor: Concord Lads and Lassies

Saris Huneryager

Parents: Paul and Bessie Huneryager

Age: 18

Education: Columbia College freshman, musical theater

Involvement: Marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, Concord Singers member and 2-year Alto MVP award winner, Symphonic Choir member, Concord Community High School theater, speech and debate team, National Honors Society.

Hobbies: musical theater, photography, choir.

Sponsor: 4-H Dog Club

Sabrina Scherer

Parents: Lee and Tammy Scherer

Age: 17

Education: Concord Community High School graduate; undecided college for livestock vet program

Involvement: Concord varsity softball 4-year letterman, 4-H Goat Club, 10-year member of 4-H Rabbit Club, 18U travel softball

Hobbies: Working with 4-H livestock project animals, playing softball, photography, hunting, fishing, watching movies.

Sponsor: 4-H Goat Club

Kirsten Senn

Parents: Bernie and Karin Senn

Age: 15

Education: Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School junior

Involvement: Elkhart County 4-H 2006-2014, National FFA Association 2011-2014, Saddle Club 1-year vice president, Fairfield FFA secretary 2013-2014, State Horse Bowl and Hippology, FFA public speaking competition, National 4-H Horse Bowl 2013, community service.

Hobbies: Camping with family and friends, FFA competitions, showing horses, trail riding.

Sponsor: 4-H Saddle Club

Alyssa Price

Parents: Robert and Wendi Price

Age: 18

Education: University of Saint Francis freshman, radiologic technology; Concord Community High School graduate

Involvement: Concord Community High School marching band, concert band, National Honors Society, Calvary Assembly of God nursery volunteer, 10-year 4-H member in Bristol Boosters 4-H Club.

Hobbies: camping, traveling, running.

Sponsor: Bristol Boosters 4-H Club

Lauren Wenger

Parents: Brent and Chris Wenger

Age: 18

Education: Goshen College freshman, chemistry

Involvement: NorthWood bands, 1-year featured soloist in Red Regiment marching band, 10-year member Guernsey Club, one-year president, 1-year vice-president and 1-year secretary of Guernsey Club, 10-year member of Dairy Feeder Calf Club, Junior Leaders, community service with Yellow Creek Mennonite Youth Fellowship, principal’s honor roll 2011-2014.

Sponsor: 4-H Guernsey Club

Gale Immel

Parents: Chris and Tonia Immel

Age: 17

Education: Goshen High School senior

Involvement: 4-year Kiwanis Scholar Athlete, 3-time varsity letterwinner in swimming, 2-year varsity letterwinner in golf, 1-year varsity letterwinner in cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Faith Lutheran Church and youth group, volunteering with functional skills students, Goshen Student Athletic Advisory Council.

Hobbies: golf, swimming, cheerleading, listening to music, baking.

Sponsor: Goshen-Go-Getters 4-H Club

Nicole Keenan

Parents: Sandy and Steve Keenan

Age: 19

Education: Goshen College sophomore, accounting; Goshen High School graduate

Involvement: National Honors Society, national Presidential volunteering award from Goshen High School for most volunteering hours, 8-year 4-H Cat Club member, National American Miss

Hobbies: gymnastics, diving, shopping, art, being outdoors, volunteering

Sponsor: Tiki Tan

Emily Sheets

Parents: Dave and Tena Sheets

Age: 18

Education: IUSB freshman, chemistry; NorthWood High School graduate

Involvement: National Honor Society, Nappanee Missionary Church and youth group member, 10-year member 4-H Dairy Feeder Calf Club, 4-H Jr. Livestock Advisory Board, 4-H Swine Club, 4-H Fine Arts Club, NorthWood FFA, NorthWood High Honor Roll four years

Hobbies: photography, singing, drawing, writing, tractor restoration, working with animals.

Sponsor: 4-H Dairy Feeder Calf Club

Jessica Gorden

Parents: Anita and Richard Gorden

Age: 18

Education: Ball State University freshman, telecommunications; Elkhart Central High School graduate

Involvement: Elkhart Community Schools superintendent’s student advisory council 2012-2014, PEERS mentor and presenter, student council class representative 2009-2013, public relations for student council, sports broadcasting commentator for Central boy’s basketball and football home games 2010-2012 and girl’s soccer announcer 2009, sophomore class president, Blazer Communications 2009-2014, NewScene co-anchor and meteorologist, public relations for ECS, Key Club, Principal’s Honor Roll, 10-year member of Busy Bobcats 4-H Club, seven-year member of Llovable Llamas 4-H Club, Elkhart County Junior Leaders, community service

Hobbies: tae kwon do second-degree black belt, hapkido first-degree black belt, television production

Sponsor: Busy Bobcats 4-H Club

Margaret Belt

Parent: Glenda Sutheimer-Belt

Age: 17

Education: NorthWood High School junior

Involvement: Panther Paw 4-H Club, volunteer at Nappanee Public Library, Coppes Commons volunteer, Honor Roll, student council, chess club, spell bowl, personal tutor, NorthWood Concert Choir

Sponsor: Union Township 4-H Club

Tori VanDiepenbos

Parents: Jeff and Joy VanDiepenbos

Age: 18

Education: Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School graduate

Involvement: National Honor Society, cheerleading, varsity track, show choir, Future Homemakers of America, nine-year member 4-H Saddle Club, 10-year member Jacksonians 4-H Club, community service, mentoring junior high students.

Hobbies: horseback riding, show choir, church mission trips.

Sponsor: Jacksonians 4-H Club

Sarah Stump

Parents: Andrew and Brigette Stump

Age: 16

Education: NorthWood High School junior

Involvement: 4-H Sewing Club and Fashion Revue, 4-H Swine Club, NorthWood High School soccer, choir, principal’s honor roll, NorthWood cross country and track and field, student council, Nappanee First Brethren Church member, volunteer for “Children with a Difference” at Goshen Health Systems, volunteer for Faith Missions Elkhart.

Hobbies: running, singing, dancing, cooking.

Sponsor: 4-H Swine Club

Ashton Wood

Parent: Kim Wood

Age: 17

Education: Bethel College freshman, criminal psychology and American Sign Language interpretation; Concord Community High School graduate

Involvement: Concord Community High School varsity cheerleading, New Life Baptist Church member

Hobbies: tubing, golfing, shopping, watching crime television shows

Sponsor: Premium Water

Kennedi Koozer

Parents: Steven and Shelley Koozer

Age: 16

Education: homeschooled senior

Involvement: Missions trips, 4-H Rabbit Club

Hobbies: reading, writing, singing, travel

Sponsor: 4-H Rabbit Club

Jennifer Fry

Parents: Clara and Jim Fry

Age: 18

Education: Northridge High School graduate

Involvement: 4-H Junior Leaders, Jr. Livestock Advisory Board, mentor to younger 4-H members, 10-year member Middlebury 4-H Club and 4-H Beef Club, 9-year member 4-H Fashion Revue, dance class assistant teacher, community service, honor roll, perfect attendance at Northridge High School, 4-H Key Club

Sponsor: 4-H Beef Club

Cassie VanDiepenbos

Parents: Jeff and Joy VanDiepenbos

Age: 19

Education: IPFW sophomore, music therapy

Involvement: Varsity cheerleading, charity 5k runs, Fusion Show Choir, FHA, Key Club, Softball, Nappanee Missionary Church and Mennonite Youth Fellowship member, 10-year member 4-H Saddle Club and Jacksonians 4-H Club.

Hobbies: horse and motorcycle riding, running, lifting, playing piano and guitar, show choir

Sponsor: Bread… It’s in the Bag

Katelyn Miller

Parents: David and Tina Miller

Age: 17

Education: IUSB freshman, nursing; Concord Community High School graduate

Involvement: 4-H Rabbit Club, volunteering at dog kennel and Loveway Stables, explorer at Concord Township Fire Department, Concord marching band.

Hobbies: music, babysitting, volunteering.

Sponsor: Concord Township Fire Department

Schuyler Radtke

Parents: Kim and Randy Radtke

Age: 18

Education: IPFW freshman, interior design; Jimtown High School graduate.

Involvement: 10-year 4-H member, seven-year 4-H Beef Club stand volunteer, 4-year exploring 4-H participant, 4-year Jimtown tennis team participant, 4-year MDA Sponsor, 2-year Kiwanis stand volunteer, 2-year Jimtown Booster Club member, 2-year Feed My Starving Children participant, 2-year cadet firefighter, 4-H young member mentor, DECA: An Association of Marketing Students member, library aid, peer tutor, high school musical volunteer, Seed to Feed participant, MDA Walk participant.

Hobbies: Showing cattle on a competitive level, community volunteering, encouraging and working with youth, interior design, cadet firefighting, being outdoors.

Sponsor: Global Link

Donna Meikle

Parents: John and Roseann Meikle

Age: 18

Education: IUSB freshman, elementary education; Goshen High School graduate.

Involvement: 10-year Girl Scout member (volunteer at Quilt Garden, Rose Home, and Boys & Girls Club), eight-year Goshen Boys & Girls Club 4-H Club member, 8-year 4-H photography participant, 6-year cheerleading participant, 5-year 4-H sewing participant, 4-year MYF participant, 3-year swim team participant, 2-year 4-H Fair Queen contestant, 1-year track and field manager, 1-year GTV participant, 1-year PACT participant, East Goshen Mennonite Church member (volunteer at Greencroft, Detroit, MCC).

Hobbies: Working at Formal Affairs Tux & Bridal Shoppe (2012-present), Jules Boutique (2014-present), and Shepard’s Swim School (2014-present); jet skiing, ice skating, yoga, swimming, dancing, running, working with children, volunteering, skiing, babysitting, photography, gymnastics.

Sponsor: U.S. Male Hair Salon

Moriah Claar

Parents: Glenn and Stephanie Claar

Age: 17

Education: Jimtown High School junior

Involvement: French Club member, Jamestown 4-H Club member, Writers Block member, PEERS member, church youth group member, Vice President of Jamestown 4-H Club.

Hobbies: Reading, photography, writing, drawing, playing instruments, music, singing.

Sponsors: Jamestown 4-H Club, Deb Pepple, and Suzette Yurko

Alexis Dirmyer

Parents: Kris and Alicia Dirmyer

Age: 18

Education: IUSB freshman; Goshen High School graduate.

Involvement: 10-year 4-H member, 4-year Goshen color guard member, 1-year Goshen JV tennis team member, Goshen orchestra state finalist (2014), marching band member.

Hobbies: Playing the violin, dance, color guard, babysitting, spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, photography, learning new things.

Sponsor: Fairfield Pioneer Club

Katheryn Giddens

Parents: David and Lisa Giddens

Age: 19

Education: Purdue University freshman, pre-veterinary medicine; 2013 Goshen High School graduate.

Involvement: 8-year 4-H member, 8-year 4-H Dog Club member, Purdue Western Equestrian Team participant, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority member, Purdue Collegiate 4-H Club member, Greek Inter-Varsity group participant, 4-year Goshen golf team participant, 4-year Goshen choir participant, 3-year Goshen tennis team participant, 3-year Goshen theater participant, 2-year assistant to fair board, 2-year Fair Queen contestant, 1-year 4-H Junior Leaders member, Junior Livestock Advisory Council member, Goshen student council member.

Sponsors: Doctors Cripe, Stephen, & Sickel

Livviya Haarer

Parents: Tim and Vanja Haarer

Age: 16

Education: Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School senior

Involvement: 3-year student council member, 3-year worship team participant (singer and piano player), 3-year ISSMA Solo and Ensemble gold medalist, 3-year State Solo and Ensemble gold medalist, 2-year Fairfield Home Arts member, 2-year Key Club member, 2-year Fusion Show Choir member, 2-year Chamber Choir (advanced chorus) participant, cast member in 4 Fairfield plays/musicals, Maple City 4-H Club devotion leader and vice president, volunteer at Childcare at Elijah’s Fire International Church (2008-2013), church mission trips (2011, 2014).

Hobbies: Reading, singing, playing music, volleyball, working in church café (2007-present), spending time with friends and family.

Sponsor: Maple City 4-H’rs

Morgan Books

Parents: Gail and Charlie Books

Age: 19

Education: Bethel College sophomore, exercise science and Spanish; 2013 Concord High School graduate.

Involvement: Starter for Bethel College women’s soccer team, team bible study participant, intramural basketball and soccer member, works for the City of Elkhart Street Department as a street crew member (2013-present), 5-year 4-H member, 4-year Concord student council member (served as committee chair 2-years), 3-year Concord varsity soccer team member, 3-year S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) member (current president and 2 year committee leader), 2-year Key Club member, 2-year National Honors Society member, 1-year Concord International Adventurers committee chair/member (traveled to Italy, Greece, and Turkey), Fellowship of Christian Athletes member/leader, President of Green Wings in Ducks Unlimited Conservation Club, youth group student leadership team member, La Casa volunteer, Lily’s Closet mentor, restoration volunteer at The Post, Lifeline volunteer, Goodwill volunteer, church mission trips.

Sponsor: CrossHart Farm

Katelynn James

Parents: Cheri and Bill James

Age: 18

Education: Concord High School senior

Involvement: 6-year band member, 6-year ISSMA concert and symphonic band participant, 4-year marching band member (4-year state finalist, 3-year trumpet player, 1-year mellophone player, junior year section leader, senior year joint-leader), 3-year concert band trumpet player, 1-year symphonic band French horn player, 1-year 4-H Dog Club, youth group participant, church mission trips.

Sponsor: AL-KO Axis Inc.

Holly Hogan

Parents: John and Dianne Hogan

Age: 16

Education: NorthWood High School junior

Involvement: 8-year 4-H member (Harrison Helpers 4-H Club, woodworking, and scrapbooking), Yellow Creek Mennonite Church member (praise team and youth group member), NorthWood Red Regiment participant, NorthWood choir member, NorthWood Jazz Band participant, NorthWood drama participant.

Hobbies: Music, singing, playing the saxophone, acting, reading, spending time with friends.

Sponsor: Quilt Inspirations

Jazmyne Chaylene Creviston

Parents: Sean and Deanna Creviston

Age: 16

Education: Goshen High School junior

Involvement: 11-year Goshen Boys and Girls Club member, 11-year Girl Scouts member, 8-year Boys and Girls 4-H Club member, 6-year Goshen High School Crimson Marching Band member, 6-year Goshen High School Winter Guard member.

Hobbies: Dance, cosmetology, drawing, babysitting, traveling.

Sponsor: Boys and Girls 4-H Club

Morgan Kerrn

Parents: Mark Kerrn and Sharon McIntosh

Age: 18

Education: Purdue University freshman, business; 2014 Jimtown High School graduate.

Involvement: Varsity cross country team captain, varsity cheerleading team captain, varsity track team member, PEERS participant, SLuGs (senior leadership group) member, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) president, dancer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes executive committee member, student council member, student body vice president, National Honors Society secretary, Jimtown High School musical participant, Elkhart County 4-H participant, Jamestown United Methodist Church member, Feed My Starving Children participant, Boys and Girls Club volunteer, MDA festival volunteer/coordinator, MDA sponsor, 4-H Fair volunteer.

Sponsor: Elkhart County Extension Homemakers

Lacey Pamer

Parents: Kathy Pamer

Age: 16

Education: Goshen High School junior

Involvement: 6-year 4-H Cat Club member (current vice president), 1-year fair board apprentice, Exploring 4-H program helper.

Hobbies: Collecting CD’s and listening to music.

Sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Cat Club

Andrea Kline

Parents: Maurie and Dawn Kline

Age: 18

Education: IPFW freshman; 2014 Goshen High School graduate.

Involvement: 10-year 4-H member, 10-year Dairy and Jersey Club member, 4-year Dairy Feeder Club member, cast member in 4 Goshen High School plays/musicals, 3-year Advance Crimson Choir member, 3-year Crimsonaires show choir member, 3-year State Solo and Ensemble gold medalist, 3-year varsity cross country team participant, 2-year National Honors Society member, 2-year varsity track and field team participant, 2-year director/participant in one act plays, science and math tutor, planned Goshen High School food drive to benefit The Window, negotiated Goshen High School fund raiser for Riley’s Children’s Hospital, Goshen schools athletic event volunteer, St. Mark’s Methodist Church member, church choir/Christmas program participant, past Dairy Feeder Steer Club participant, past National Junior Honors Society member.

Hobbies: Running, maintaining an active/healthy lifestyle, farming and caring for cows and heifers, performing, dancing, singing, science, maintaining the environment.

Sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Dairy Club

Madison Pyke

Parents: Brian and Sherry Pyke

Age: 18

Education: Brown Mackie College freshman

Involvement: Elkhart County 4-H Lamb Club (Officer-Reporter 2011, Officer-Treasurer 2014), FFA (2012-2014 Officer-Sentinel), Nappanee Missionary Church member, bell ringer for Nappanee Rotary Club, Elkhart County and Nappanee Apple Festival volunteer, Homefront Family Services volunteer, FCDC participant, Feed My Starving Children participant, Waterford Crossing Nursing Home volunteer, Polk’s Auction volunteer, Premiere Driving for Tots volunteer, State Fair Cattle Department volunteer, Young McDonald’s Farm volunteer

Hobbies: Dancing, fishing, spending time with family, showing lambs, listening to music, being outdoors

Sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Lamb Club

Allie Herkenroder

Parents: Frank and Trudy Herkenroder

Age: 19

Education: Spring Arbor University sophomore; 2013 Concord High School graduate

Involvement: Spring Arbor Action Jackson Mentor, Spring Arbor Model Arab League participant (Yemen Council on Palestinian Affairs member), Spring Arbor University String Orchestra, 10-year 4-H member, 8-year 4-H Llovable Llama Club member, 4-year Concord varsity swim team member, 4-year Concord symphonic orchestra member, 2-year National Honors Society member, 1-year peer assistant at Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative, 2-year Concord Marching Color Guard member

Hobbies: Baking, watching documentaries, coloring, keeping up current events, listening to NPR, playing with her dog

Sponsor: Dan and Gene Stauffer (Owners of Buffalo Wild Wings)

Danielle Nevills

Parents: Lisa Lowe

Age: 18

Education: Indiana University freshman, psychology; 2014 Northridge High School graduate

Involvement: 10-year 4-H member, volunteer at Rescue Hearts Youth Ranch, assistant secretary at Nappanee Raceway, Northridge student council member, National Honors Society member.

Hobbies: Reading, shopping, spending time with friends.

Sponsor: 4-H Fanatics

Elizabeth Kern

Parents: Paul and Jeni Kern

Age: 20

Education: IU South Bend junior, elementary education; 2012 NorthWood High School graduate.

Involvement: Upwards Cheerleading Coach (2010-2014), Nappanee Missionary Church member.

Hobbies: Outdoor activities (log splitting, camping, swimming, jogging), sporting activities (football, basketball, baseball, games), working with children, family and friends.

Sponsor: Dudley Construction

Madison Riley

Parents: Mike and Diane Riley

Age: 17

Education: Fairfield High School senior

Involvement: 9-year 4-H Swine Club member, 2-year FHA member (current President), National Honors Society, 2-year varsity basketball player, 2-year student council member, 2-year International Culture Club member, 2-year JV volleyball player, 2-year class officer, 2-year SunShine Society participant, 2-year Key Club participant, 2-year FFA member (current Vice President), Maple Grove Church of Brethren member, Feed My Starving Children participant, Upwards basketball coach, church mission trips, Feed the Children volunteer, Faith Mission volunteer.

Hobbies: Reading, singing, spending time with friends, showing 4-H animals, riding dirt bikes, babysitting, photography, playing basketball.

Sponsor: Eagle Ready-Mix Inc.

Mackenzie Wininger

Parents: Kim and Terry Wininger

Age: 17

Education: Concord High School junior

Sponsor: Accelerators, Inc.

Taylor Miller

Parents: Brent and Sherry Miller

Age: 17

Education: Northridge High School senior

Involvement: 9-year 4-H Swine Club member, 4-year varsity basketball player, Crystal Valley Missionary Church member.

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, vacationing in Florida, playing basketball, shopping, church youth group, teaching children basketball, helping at church nursery.

Sponsor: Stumpy’s Old Time Pizza

Sarah Wadsworth

Parents: Karen and Lewis Wadsworth

Age: 18

Education: Brigham Young University freshman, electrical engineering; 2014 Concord High School graduate.

Involvement: National Honors Society member, drama club member, choir member, 4-H Shooting Sports Club member, 4-year church seminary graduate, church youth group president.

Hobbies: Tennis, piano, singing, shooting, acting, community service.

Sponsor: Elkhart County Food Bank

contest results
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Friday, July 18

20140718: 50
Saturday, July 19

20140719: 59
Sunday, July 20

20140720: 43
Monday, July 21

20140721: 63
Tuesday, July 22

20140722: 54
Wednesday, July 23

20140723: 81
Thursday, July 24

20140724: 52
Friday, July 25

20140725: 48
Saturday, July 26

20140726: 42

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