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Prefers almonds straight off grandfather’s trees

Almond Blossom hopeful Anna Fassler is the daughter of William and Ardette Fassler.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 19, 2013 1:18 a.m.

Anna Fassler is a legacy.

Her entire life she has heard stories about what it was like to be a part of the Ripon Almond Queen court, and when it came time to enjoy the annual parade with her family it was always the contestants in their flowing gowns that intrigued her the most.

And now she’ll get the chance to follow in the footsteps of her mother and be that person riding in the parade in a bid for the 2013 Miss Almond Blossom crown.

“I thought it would be a good experience and a chance to get to know the girls you probably wouldn’t get to know before,” she said. “It would be a chance to learn more people skills and learn how to work in the business world.

“It’s a responsibility to represent the community and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

There isn’t much that Fassler doesn’t like about the Almond Blossom Festival – waking up early for the pancake breakfast, catching the parade and then heading over to her enjoy brunch with her family.

When it comes to enjoying her almonds she prefers them straight off of the tree, harvested fresh from her grandfather’s orchard. And it’s hard for her to beat an Agatha Christie novel and the chance to dive deep into a good story.

She plans on attending Dominican University, where she’ll major in business and management with a focus on entrepreneurship – hoping to open one of her own someday.

Fassler, who considers herself to be bright, eccentric and amiable, is the student team manager of the Ripon cross country program and the president and secretary of Academic Decathlon. She also co-founded the Interact Club and serves as its vice president.

When she isn’t busy with school or school-related activities, Fassler enjoys hiking, fishing and gardening. She also likes to read and play the trumpet and fly back to Washington, D.C., to visit her sister.

She has received two gold academic decathlon medals and a Serra Club service award and volunteers as an altar server at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She has also worked as a volunteer at the Ripon Animal Shelter.

She is the daughter of Ardette and William Fassler.

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