Five women vie for asparagus queen crown.

May 9, 2019
Pictured from the top: Sherry Waller of New Era; Crystal Hallack of Hart; Evelyn Vinke of Hart; Alysha Sullivan of Hart; and Lori Beggs of Shelby.

Five women vie for asparagus queen crown.

HART – Five women, including Lori Beggs of Shelby; Crystal Hallack of Hart; Alysha Sullivan of Hart; Evelyn Vinke of Hart; and Sherry Waller of New Era, are vying for the asparagus queen crown.

The queen and first runner-up will appear in the National Asparagus Festival’s Joan Glover Royale Parade Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in Hart. The 46th annual festival runs June 7-9. It the longest running asparagus festival in the country and is the official kick-off to summer in Oceana County.

Oceana County is known as “The Asparagus Capital of the Nation” and is one of the leading areas for asparagus production in the United States.

The new queen will be crowned during the Queen’s Pageant/Fundraiser Saturday, June 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Shelby High School. Tickets are $15 each; two for $25; children 5-12 $7; and under 5 free.

The queen and first runner-up will represent asparagus and Oceana County throughout the year by appearing in various parades and events around Michigan.

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