The 2015 Fair Queen And Senior Queen Begin Their Reign

Friday evening we crowned this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen and Senior Queen.

DSC_0979Jessica Gorden is the 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen, crowned by last year’s queen Sarah Stump.

Jessica, 19, is the daughter of Anita and Richard Gorden. She’s a sophomore at Ball State University studying telecommunications, and is a graduate of Elkhart Central High School.

She studies martial arts, teaches self defense, was a 10-year 4-Her , serving on the Fashion Revue Committee as a commenter for the 2015 4-H Revue. She’s a member of Chi Omega at Ball State, volunteers at Muncie Animal Shelter, Camp Adventure, Hootie Hoops, Yippie Chi-O, and a member of Cardinal Filmworks and Judo Club, was a member of PEERS, sports commenter, student council class representative, member of Key Club and member of Blazer Communications. She was in the Busy Bobcats 4-H club for 10 years, Llovable Llamas 4-H club for seven years, 4-H Junior Leaders for six years, 4-H shooting club for two years, a lemonade-shakeup stand volunteer, senior citizen day, llama walk and demonstration judging helper at the fair. She volunteered at Salvation Army, Lifeline, Soles for Souls, Soup for Success, Elkhart river cleanup and was a community-service coordinator for service project.

“I’m really excited for this week,” Jessica said. “It’s going to be great.”

DSC_0911Her senior counterpart and companion for the week is Sue Purdue, the 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Senior Queen.

Sue lives in Goshen, is married to Doug Purdue and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

She’s president of the Goshen Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, is senior investment representative at Interra Credit Union, a member of the community relations and development committee at Goshen Salvation Army, serves on the foundation board of Elkhart County Purdue Club, a 34-year 4-H leader, she helped raise funds for Riley Children’s Hospital and was a 10-year 4-H member.

She enjoys traveling, volunteering, spending time with family and friends.

“I’m looking forward to a wonderful week,” she said.

In addition to the crowning ceremonies, there was a special opportunity for seven prior queens to pose with the current queen:

Former queens and current queen



  1. Congrats to all the contestants and to every 4-Her that has put in many hours before and during the fair! This IS the best fair ever!

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