Asparagus Royalty

Meet the Asparagus Queen of 2021; the 46th member of asparagus royalty! Each year, the National Asparagus Festival hosts a beautiful pageant and crowns the only Asparagus Queen in the country. The Asparagus Queen travels the state of Michigan promoting the asparagus industry of Oceana County, and encouraging Michiganders to support our local agriculture industry. All of the exposure and support goes straight back to the farmers that produce this wonderful vegetable that we're known for.

 

Tara is the fifth recipient of a $1,000 scholarship to be used for further education, or a charitable donation to a local non-profit organization. She has chosen to donate these funds to the Michigan State University Extension for Oceana County. A very special thank-you to the sponsors and pageant attendees for their generous contributions to continue to support this fund.

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Tara Oomen 

Asparagus Queen 2021

 

Sponsored by: Oomen Veggie Co. and Michigan Farm Bureau

Tara was born and raised on her family’s fruit and vegetable farm In Hart, which grows around 225 acres of asparagus. Her passion for agriculture was instilled in her at an early age by her dad. She went to Michigan State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and a minor in agronomy. She just got accepted to Purdue University and Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business for a joint master’s in agriculture economics and the MBA program. She currently works for BASF, a chemical company, as an agronomic solutions advisor covering West Michigan. Tara has always enjoyed working in the specialty fruit and vegetable market throughout her career. Tara is also the president of the Oceana County Farm Bureau. She enjoys hunting, especially archery, hiking, sports, snowmobiling, traveling and anything outdoors. Tara plans to always be heavily involved in the agriculture industry in her career, advocating for Michigan growers, and helping out on her family farm. She says being the daughter of an asparagus farmer has really helped her learn the critical aspects of the industry and has provided her with a unique perspective into the art of growing Michigan asparagus.

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Grace Huffman 

Runner-up 2021

 

Sponsored by: Wesco of New Era

Grace Huffman has lived in New Era since she was 13. Before living in Wisconsin and South Dakota, she lived in Montague from a young age. Grace is currently an LPN continuing her education to become an RN in West Shore Community College’s ADN Program. She went to Shelby High School but graduated from ASM Tech Early College in 2020 where she earned her high school diploma as well as an associate’s degree. Grace plans to transfer to Ferris State University to obtain her bachelor of science in nursing and dreams of a role advocating for women in health care. Grace has accomplished a lot during her years in Oceana County. Some of Grace’s favorite involvements have been representing Shelby High School in softball and volleyball as well as at AAASA Girl’s State and LLC Rotary Camp in 2018. She has also participated in many food drives and pride days while living in Oceana County. Grace has worked at New Era Wesco since she was 16 but is saying goodbye to serve her county in a way that furthers her education.

We are currently NOT accepting applications for Asparagus Queen 2021. If you are interested in running for Asparagus Queen 2021, please contact the Queen Coordinator at nafqueencoordinator@gmail.com for more information.

History of Asparagus Royalty

 

Thank you for your reign

Asparagus Queen 2021- Tara Oomen

Asparagus Queen 2019- Alysha Sullivan

Asparagus Queen 2018 - Kendra Larios-Mendez

Asparagus Queen 2017 - Vicki Platt

Asparagus Queen 2016 - Mary Harris

Asparagus Queen 2015 ~ Courtney Kokx

Asparagus Queen 2014 ~ Danielle Kokx

Asparagus Queen 2013 ~ Amanda Dodge

Ms. Asparagus 2012 ~ Del Merrill

Mrs. Asparagus 2011 ~ Megan Roskam

Mrs. Asparagus 2010 ~ Kimberly Morden

Mrs. Asparagus 2009 ~ Bethann Riggs

Mrs. Asparagus 2008 ~ Michele Amstutz

Mrs. Asparagus 2007 ~ Heather Green

Mrs. Asparagus 2006 ~ Ann Dold

Mrs. Asparagus 2005 ~ Stephanie Wildey

Mrs. Asparagus 2004 ~ Kendra Masunas

Mrs. Asparagus 2003 - December Saucedo-Gonzalez

Mrs. Asparagus 2002 ~ Sonya Hernandez-Joslin

Mrs. Asparagus 2001 ~ Sarah Short

Mrs. Asparagus 2000 ~ Linda Jonseck

Mrs. Asparagus 1999 ~ Susan Tubbs

Mrs. Asparagus 1998 ~ Starr Yoder

Mrs. Asparagus 1997 ~ Kathy Grantz

Mrs. Asparagus 1996 ~ Beth LaPorte

Mrs. Asparagus 1995 ~ Cheryl Arcello

Mrs. Asparagus 1994 ~ Michelle Monroe

Mrs. Asparagus 1993 ~ Lorena Lindgren

Mrs. Asparagus 1992 ~ Stacia Andres-Mooi

Mrs. Asparagus 1991 ~ Tina Collier Houser

Mrs. Asparagus 1990 ~ Kathy Carter

Mrs. Asparagus 1989 ~ N. Joy Hamilton

Mrs. Asparagus 1988 ~ Barbara Sheren

Mrs. Asparagus 1987 ~ Lynn Glaser

Mrs. Asparagus 1986 ~ Mary Ellen Rapes

Mrs. Asparagus 1985 ~ Rebecca Wentzloff

Mrs. Asparagus 1984 ~ Barbara Schultz

Mrs. Asparagus 1983 ~ Denise Crum

Mrs. Asparagus 1982 ~ Carol Waller

Mrs. Asparagus 1981 ~ Mary Ann Carey

Mrs. Asparagus 1980 ~ Brenda Ricksgers

Mrs. Asparagus 1979 ~ Jackie Spierenburg

Mrs. Asparagus 1978 ~ Penny Dawson

Mrs. Asparagus 1977 ~ Phyllis Slocum

Mrs. Asparagus 1976 ~ Joan Lund

Mrs. Asparagus 1975 ~ Maxine Huggard