GOSHEN — Gloria Moser, of Nappanee, earned the crown of Elkhart County 4-H Senior Fair Queen Friday evening at the Maple City Chapel.
The 38th annual pageant was moved indoors because of a heat advisory from the National Weather Service warning of high temperatures.
Moser is married to Ed Moser. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Joan Bailey was awarded first runner-up and Janice Yoder was awarded second runner-up.
The results of the pageant were announced after 2015 Senior Queen Susan Purdue spoke several of the fair events she took part in last year, such as riding in a helicopter around Goshen, catching a chicken and kissing a frog.
GIVING OUT SMILES
Without a hitch, Ken Ernsberger and his small stand always had a line of eager kids waiting on Friday.
Ernsberger is a balloon artist and created everything from swords to hats featuring a dog, all out of flexible material. He’s been twisting the long balloons for 24 years.
There’s a menu the kids, teens and adults can choose from and those creations he doesn’t even have to think about. However, the ones he normally doesn’t do, like Minecraft or now Pokemon, he has to concentrate a little more.
“Pokemon is a big thing again,” Ernsberger said.
In his multi-colored shirt and big smile, Ernsberger enjoys playing with the kids. Making the same “menu” of balloon creations allows him to have a little fun.
Everyone who receives a balloon often gets a poke or two with the tube-shaped balloon or gets fired up when Ernsberger hands them a balloon sword. Playing with the kids is the favorite part of his job.
“For me, here you get to collect smiles,” Ernsberger said. “It’s about being with the kids and having fun with them.