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Sarah Stump won the Fair Queen Contest held at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (Elkhart Truth)

From left, back row, first runner up Cassie VanDiepenbos, second runner up Andrea Kline, third runner up Jessica Gorden and fourth runner up Tori VanDiepenbos. Sarah Stump, center front row, was crowned 2014 Fair Queen at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth)

The final ten contestants hold hands before the winners are announced. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Donna Meikle, Miss U.S. Male Hair Salon, introduces herself. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Sarah Stump, left, is crowned 2014 Fair Queen by the 2013 queen Sierra Walter at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Several other fair and other queens were in the audience for the competition. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Reagan Koble, 11, performed a dance routine during the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Reagan Koble, 11, performed a dance routine during the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Reagan Koble, 11, performed a dance routine during the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Spectators watch the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Senior Queen Rosalie Bontrager, right, and spectators watch the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestants competed in a professional wear category. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Second runner up Andrea Kline, Miss Elkhart County 4-H Dairy Club, competes in the business wear segment. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Spectators watch the contest. Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen out of 37 contestants at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Sarah Stump won the Fair Queen Contest held at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (Elkhart Truth)

Sarah Stump was crowned 2014 Fair Queen at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

From left, back row, first runner up Cassie VanDiepenbos, second runner up Andrea Kline, third runner up Jessica Gorden and fourth runner up Tori VanDiepenbos. Sarah Stump, center front row, was crowned 2014 Fair Queen at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Sarah Stump won the Fair Queen Contest held at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. (Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Sarah Stump is the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:58 p.m. | Updated on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 p.m.

The judges have spoken, and Sarah Stump is Fair Queen for the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

First runner-up Cassie VanDiepenbos, second runner-up Andrea Kline, third runner-up Jessica Gorden and fourth runner-up Tori VanDiepenbos will make up the 2014 fair queen court. Cassie VanDiepenbos was also named Miss Congeniality, and received the crown from last year’s Miss Congeniality and one of this year’s semifinalists, Allie Herkenroder.

Ten young women were chosen as pageant semifinalists after a preliminary round Wednesday, July 16. The top 10 also included Jennifer Fry, Taylor Miller, Madison Pike and Kirsten Senn.

Semifinalists were judged on modeling business clothes and evening gowns at the pageant Friday, July 18, as well as a question and answer segment.

During her turn, Stump was asked to name her parents’ best trait.

“They’ve always told me to follow my dreams,” she said.

Stump quoted their advice.

“Everyone is perfect just the way God created them.”

Stump, 16, is a junior at NorthWood High School and lives in Nappanee. She’s involved in a large number of activities in school, including 4-H Sewing Club and Fashion Revue, 4-H Swine Club, soccer, choir, cross country, track and field, and student council. Stump is also on the principal’s honor roll and volunteers for Goshen Health Systems’ “Children with a Difference” program, as well as Faith Missions Elkhart.

After she won the pageant, Stump hugged her fellow contestants and 2013 Fair Queen Sierra Walter.

She wanted to thank her family and friends for supporting her.

“I was blessed to have this opportunity,” she said. “Any dream can come true.”