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Westmoreland fair queen to focus on inspiring children

Tribune-Review
| Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:59 p.m
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Westmoreland County Fair Queen Rachel Sheffler, 18, of New Alexandria waits to show her oberhasli kid, Autumn, during judging for goats on August 19, 2012 at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant Township. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
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Westmoreland County Fair Queen Rachel Sheffler, 18, of New Alexandria shows her oberhasli kid, Autumn, during judging for goats on August 19, 2012 at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant Township. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

In her yearlong reign as 2012 Westmoreland Fair queen, Rachel Sheffler plans to promote agriculture and to involve more children in the fair.

Sheffler, 18, of Salem Township won the contest for fair queen at a ceremony Friday. She competed against 12 others.

During the contest, each contestant spoke about why people should come to their fair.

“I absolutely love this fair. … It’s like my second home and my second family,” she said. “I just talked about how important the fair is to me and the history behind it.”

The fair, which runs through Saturday, celebrates its 58th year this week.

During the fair, Sheffler will make public appearances and talk to visitors. In her role as queen, she’ll attend parades and public speaking events, encouraging people to visit the fair and to support local agriculture.

Sheffler hopes to visit elementary schools to spur children’s involvement in the fair and in 4-H.

“4-H and the fair has opened so many doors for me,” she said, “and I’d like to share that with others as well.”

This is Sheffler’s eighth year showing animals for competition at the fair, including dairy goats and market goats this year. In the past, she’s shown horses and market steer.

Sheffler got involved with the fair after taking pony lessons and deciding to join a 4-H Club.

“Everything just blossomed from there,” she said. “It’s been a very fun experience for me. I can’t imagine my life without the fair.”

Sheffler said the fair has taught her many life skills, including public speaking, a part of the contest.

“This year I just went out there, and I had fun and I was myself,” she said.

Sheffler, a Greensburg Salem graduate, will head to Penn State’s University Park campus this month to major in veterinary and biomedical science.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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