Meet the 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade Marshals

2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President Rich Utley announced his pick as this year’s parade marshals this evening. Here is his announcement:

4h2015logo2The couple that I’ve chosen to be the 2015 Elkhart county 4-H Fair Parade Marshals has been serving the Elkhart County community for their entire lives. Born in St. Joe and Elkhart counties, they were both nine-yearr 4-H members. They married in 1956 and raised four children (three daughters and one son) who were 10-year 4-Hers and have 10 grandchildren who have been in, or are in, 4-H.

This couple served their local church as deacons, Stephen ministers, church board members and chair, Sunday school teachers, financial secretary, and treasurer.

Their list of service to the community is long and varied: Greencroft of Middlebury board; Greencroft Foundation board; the former Family Services board member and chair; past president of the Elkhart County Home Builders Association; United Cancer Board of Elkhart County; Water Quality Association board of directors. She has gone to Faith Mission to serve dinner monthly for more than 30 years. They were honored in 2003 as the Crystal Valley Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award winners. In 2012, they were chosen as parade marshals of the Middlebury Summer Festival parade.

Nancy and Bob Hawkins

Nancy and Bob Hawkins

My parade marshals for 2015 are Bob and Nancy Hawkins. I have had the privilege of knowing them since 1990.

They have been involved with the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in nearly all areas that you can imagine. In addition to their proud 4-H history, they started their business in 1967 and have been a commercial exhibitor at the fair for 44 years.

Bob has been a member of the Exchange Club of Elkhart County since 1964, has served as an officer in that club and can be caught cooking lots of pancakes during the fair. He also cooks at the Loveway Ride-a-Thon and Salvation Army pancakes and sausage days.

Nancy has been an active member of Homemakers of Today extension homemakers club for 50-plus years and held officer positions in that club and has been a past county president of extension homemakers. She helps register entries in the open-class exhibits at the fair. She was the 2000 Senior Homemaker of the Year. She has won top prize in the president’s baked item contest five times (1986 apple pie for Jerry Sellon, 1989 butterscotch pie for Steve Bartow, 2001 apple dumpling for Kelly Ropp, 2005 raspberry cream pie for Jeryl Hochstetler, and 2009 rhubarb custard pie for Gale Gerber).

Bob and Nancy work together to raise and organize funds through the Middlebury 4-H Boosters, then attend the livestock auctions and purchase 4-H animals to benefit the 4-H youth from the Middlebury area.

As you can see, these two people have dedicated their lives to serving and helping others and rightfully deserve to be honored for the gifts they bring to this community and the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. I truly believe that they stand as an example for all of us to follow.


  1. so happy for the two of you and your family. So deserving. Great picture.

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