June 10, 2023
Congratulations to the 2023 Asparagus Queen
(left) & the 1st Runner-Up
Chelsi Walicki (right). Emma is proudly sponsored by Woller Shady Lane Farm. Chelsi is proudly sponsored by Quick-Way Inc. and Walicki’s A-1 Auto Body & Towing LLC.
2023 Asparagus Queen
Welcome to West Michigan, where we take pride in our wonderful agriculture. Oceana County, known as "The Asparagus Capital of the Nation", is one of the leading areas for asparagus growth in the entire country! We've been celebrating asparagus since 1974 and nobody does it better. We are the longest running asparagus festival in the country and 2023 marks the 50th festival. Come join us!
Since 1974, the National Asparagus Festival has been a much-anticipated annual event. What began as a small gathering has grown into an event that draws attendees from around the world. This year marks our 50th Anniversary, and we are planning a celebration like none other. The National Asparagus Festival is a great place to come and celebrate asparagus in all its forms. Join us for a parade, a variety of delicious asparagus-inspired dishes, arts and craft vendors and much more. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
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NAF After Party
*Live Music Sponsored by Fox Seed, Social District, Fireworks*
Sponsored by the City of Hart, Todd Greiner Farms, Fox Seeds & LaBranz Asparagus Farm
Live Music 2pm-10pm at the Hart Commons Park
Fireworks @ Dusk over Hart Lake
Come join us!!
Board Meetings/Work Sessions are every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm at our NAF Office in downtown Hart. Meetings are open to the public and we would love to have more community members involved! Meetings may be virtual, so please contact us for details and the link.
Asparagus Queen Update
Special thanks to the following sponsors for your continued support!
Above: 2022 Asparagus Queen Grace Huffman (left), and 2022 1st Runner-Up, Chelsi Walicki giving us a smile on the NAF Truck at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade 2022.
Below: 2021 Asparagus Queen Grace Huffman (middle) smiles for a photo with the National Baby Food Festival Queen and Court at the 2022 National Baby Food Festival Parade.
Interested in volunteering? The NAF is in need of volunteers for a wide variety of events & tasks! Volunteering is a great way to network, make a difference in your community and discover new talants you didnt know you had! We have lots of opportunities from helping out with merchandise, to assisting with a children's activity & even designing website pages! It also helps students build their resumes & qualify for scholarships that require volunteer hours! Contact information is at the bottom of this page.
The Annual Meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of October, 6 pm at the NAF Office. Officers are elected and committee chairs are assigned. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the board and join a commitee!