Grace Huffman crowned 2022 Asparagus Queen.

June 5, 2022

Grace Huffman, at left, and Chelsi Walicki.

Grace Huffman crowned 2022 Asparagus Queen.

WEARE TOWNSHIP — Grace Huffman was crowned the 2022 Asparagus Queen and Chelsi Walicki was named First Runner Up during the 2022 pageant and fundraiser at the West Michigan Research Station Saturday, June 4.

Huffman, 21, was the 2021 Asparagus Queen First Runner Up. She currently works as a licensed practical nurse. She went to Shelby High School and graduated from ASM Tech Early College in 2020

Grace Huffman, at left, was crowned the 2022 Asparagus Queen. Chelsi Walicki is First Runner Up.

where she earned her high school diploma and her associate’s degree. Huffman is continuing her education at West Shore Community College to become a registered nurse. She hopes to use her license as a labor and delivery nurse in the future. “Grace loves asparagus and had so much fun with the National Asparagus Festival that she couldn’t stop after her year as runner up and had to run again. She can’t wait to learn even more about the industry and for more opportunities to celebrate asparagus.”

Walicki was born and raised in Mason County and has strong connections to Oceana County through family and her father’s business. At a young age, Chelsi became involved in the National Asparagus Festival helping her aunt with many festival activities. Following high school, she pursued her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Davenport University and is currently an accountant for Quick-Way Inc. Trucking Company. Walicki has volunteered for the Oceana County 4-H Youth Program, helping at the livestock auctions and judging exhibits. She has recently joined the Oceana County Farm Bureau and is working hard to secure her future dream of owning her own hobby farm.

The National Asparagus Festival returns next weekend June 11 and 12 in Hart after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 the previous two years. The highlight event is the Royal Parade Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in downtown Hart. Visit nationalaspargusfestival.org for more information.

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