Rosalie Bontrager named Elkhart County 4-H Fair Senior Queen

    Read on to find out more about the Middlebury woman who won the crown Friday, July 18. 

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. | Updated on July 18, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

    Middlebury resident Rosalie Bontrager was crowned the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Senior Queen Friday, July 18. 

    Many fairgoers stopped by the grandstand Friday morning to watch the pageant, one of the first events held after the fair opened.  

    Members of Bontrager’s family were there with signs they made to support her that said “Go Grandma” and “Rosalie is fit to be queen.”

    There were six senior queen contestants this year: Judy Yoder, Linda Tunks, Velma Lechlitner, Mary Jane Miller, Rosalie Bontrager and Roberta Webb. Each contestant did an interview earlier in the week with the three judges, and on Friday they each answered a question about themselves while on stage. 

    Bontrager was asked why the Elkhart County Extension Homemakers group is important to her, since she is a longtime member. 

    "It’s just about sharing and learning from others, and passing on the values of life to my children and grandchildren,“ she responded. 

    Elkhart resident Linda Tunks won second runner-up and received the volunteer service award in memory of Eleanor Morehouse. First runner-up was Mary Jane Miller, of Middlebury. Roberta Webb, of Goshen, was voted Miss Congeniality. 

    Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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