50th Anniversary Celebration!!
Celebrating Asparagus In & Out of Season
The Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade is an extravagant display of various bands, floats, queens, dignitaries and antique vehicles and is the largest parade in Oceana County! This parade is a long-time community favorite and attracts people from all over the state of Michigan. After months of planning and weeks of redesigning, our float takes the street to introduce our newly crowned asparagus royalty. Follow the float as it travels throughout the state to various parades and festivals carrying our home-grown Asparagus Queen and 1st Runner-up!
Every year the NAF recognizes a Grand Marshall as an honorary guest in the Royale Parade. The Grand Marshall is selected by the NAF Board of Directors to show recognition for their gracious contributions or past support of Oceana County agriculture and the festival.
2019 Grand Marshal
Meet our 2019 Joan Glover Royale Parade Grand Marshal, Janice Walsworth!
Janice has lived in this part of Oceana County her entire life. She attended Hart schools graduating from high school in 1984. She and her late husband Ryan went to middle school and high school together, but didn’t start dating until a friend’s wedding brought them together and they married a year and a half later in 1993. Receiving an associate’s degree from Baker College, Janice worked as a legal secretary for Warner, Norcross & Judd in Muskegon and then for Doug Springstead in Hart. She has 3 grown children, Jordan (wife Sarah), Haley and Anna and 1 grandson, Henry. She says she made her best decision however, when she became a stay at home mom after the birth of Haley and she describes her past 20 years as “raising kids and chief lawn mower!” Janice serves as the office manager on their farm, Golden Stock Farms in Mears and wants people to know that the farm has grown into what it is today “because of the hard work and dedication that Ryan put into it.” She is “very proud of him for that” and hopes that along with her son Jordan, who has returned to run the farm, they “can continue to grow and farm with Ryan’s integrity.” The NAF is honored to have Janice, representing Golden Stock Farms, LLC and the Walsworth Family, serve as our 2019 Grand Marshal.
NAF Trophy Case
National Cherry Festival 2014
National Cherry Festival 2012
Best Built Float
Presidents Award 2011