Asparagus Royalty

Meet the Asparagus Queen of 2019; the 45th 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.


Alysha is the fourth 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 Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center in Hart. 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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Alysha Sullivan 

Asparagus Queen 2019


Sponsored by: Big Hart Brewing Company in Hart

Alysha Sullivan, 28 years old, describes herself as, “caring, ambitious and adventurous.” Attending and graduating from Hart Public Schools, her love of travel moved her to Sitka, Alaska where she studied and earned her CNA license. Then moving to Marco Island, FL, Alysha worked for Marriott’s Crystal Shores as their Activities Coordinator. But three years ago, she returned to her hometown of Hart with her partner, happily purchasing their first house where they are raising their 3-year-old son, Onyx and 2-year-old daughter, Athena. Alysha is employed by her proud sponsor, Big Hart Brewing Company in Hart, and is involved in city clean-up walks. Her hobbies include: fishing, golf, softball, anything outdoors in the summer, singing, baking and spending abundant time with family. Alysha says she grew up picking asparagus for the Klotz Family Farm and her favorite way of eating it is, “Grilled with lemon, parmesan cheese and my Dad’s “SULLY’S” seasoning.”

Alysha will be donating  the $1,000.00 prize to the Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center in Hart.

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Lori Beggs 

Runner-up 2019


Sponsored by: Kristi’s Pour House in Hart and Webb Chemical Service Corporation in Muskegon

Lori Beggs, 32 years old, describes herself as “compassionate, dedicated and resilient.” Growing up and living in Oceana County for the majority of her life, Lori enjoys running, music and spending time with her two daughters who both attend Shelby Public Schools. She is also a Staff Sergeant in the Michigan Army National Guard and has been serving our country for the past eleven years including a deployment to Kuwait. Lori is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Baker College in Muskegon, with an anticipated graduation date of December 11, 2019! While in nursing school and working at Mercy Health, she has served two terms on her campus student nursing board. During her time in leadership, the board received an award from the Michigan Student Nurses Association for their commitment to professionalism and volunteerism. Lori says “It’s been the norm to eat asparagus in our family and I love it all! But if I had to pick one (favorite way of eating it) I would say, bacon wrapped and cooked on the grill.”

Asparagus Queen 2019 Schedule of Events


  • National Asparagus Festival - June 7-9, 2019

  • 4th of July Parade (Whitehall) - July 4, 2019

  • Country Dairy Ice Cream Social (New Era) - July 6, 2019

  • National Baby Food Festival (Fremont) - July 20, 2019

  • Coast Guard Festival & Parade (Grand Haven) - August 3, 2019

  • Pentwater Homecoming Parade - August 10, 2019

  • Oceana Co Fair 4-H Ambassador Awards (Hart) - August 22, 2019 

  • New Era Street Festival - September 21, 2019


  • Lighted Christmas Parade (Hart) - November 29, 2019

  • Shelby Library Princess Tea - February 29, 2020

  • Agriculture Banquet (New Era) - March __ 2020

  • Oceana Grange St. Patrick's Day Parade (Hart) - March 17, 2020

  • 2020 Queen's Information Meeting (Hart) - March 31, 2020

  • Trip to State Capitol (Lansing) - May __ 2020

  • Queen's Tea (Hart) - May 2, 2020

  • Tulip Time Festival & Parade (Holland) - May 9, 2020


We are currently NOT accepting applications for Asparagus Queen 2020. If you are interested in running for Asparagus Queen 2020, please contact the Queen Coordinator at for more information.

History of Asparagus Royalty


Thank you for your reign

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