By SCOTT WEISSER
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — Fanceon Resler will be at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair this year. For Resler, this year will be different.
Resler, an Albion resident, was crowned Senior Queen of the 2013 fair Friday morning during a contest at Fairfield Junior-Senior High School. Linda Tunks of Elkhart was named first runner-up, and Joan Shaffer of Goshen was second runner-up. Linda Miller of Goshen was voted Miss Congeniality by her 10 fellow contestants.
Resler is the mother of four children, all of whom were 10-year 4-H members in Elkhart County, and has 10 grandchildren. She is a member of Waterford Mennonite Church, Michiana Master Gardeners of Elkhart County, Albion Lion’s Club, and on the board of directors of Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, where she is also a program volunteer. In addition, she volunteers at The Crossing Alternative School and Goshen Interfaith Hospitality.
Newly crowned at Fairfield Friday, Resler was looking forward to the fair.
“This may sound really weird, but one of the things I’m looking forward to most is showing a pig with my four grandchildren in Swine Club,” she said. Resler was a 4-H’er in her youth, but has never shown swine. She also said her family has been involved with the fair for a long time in many different ways.
Being crowned Senior Queen was the second early high point of the 2013 festival for Resler. The day before, she earned a Best of Show in a foods contest.
“That was pretty cool,” she said.
Before Resler was named fair royalty, 2012 Senior Queen Nancy Miller said goodbye from the stage. She described her reign as a fantastic experience she’ll never forget. Prior to the crowning, Miller also offered advice for the Senior Queen candidates.
“Enjoy the experience,” she said. “Treasure the friendships.”
The Friday morning contest had been scheduled to take place on the fairgrounds grandstand stage. However, fair officials moved the event indoors due to the heat. Randy Sharkey, an onstage announcer along with Ginny Nichols, reported that the 9:40 a.m. temperature at the fairgrounds was 87 degrees.
“It’s nice to have it here,” Sharkey said of the Senior Queen contest. At 10:25 a.m., he reported a heat index of 92 degrees at the fair.
Pageant organizers made sure Eleanor Morehouse wasn’t left out of the event. Morehouse, the 2001 Senior Queen and part of the pageant committee, is ailing and couldn’t attend.
Via Skype, she could see the proceedings.
At one point, audience members were filmed waving to Morehouse.
“Wish you were here!,” one called out.