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Asparagus Royalty

Meet the Asparagus Queen of 2023; the 48th 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.

 

Emma is the seventh recipient of a $1,000 scholarship to be used for further education, or a charitable donation to a local non-profit organization. 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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Emma Woller 

Asparagus Queen 2023

 

Sponsored by: Woller Shady Lane Farm

Emma Woller is a senior at Michigan State University studying Crop and Soil Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management. After graduation Emma will use this degree working with MSU Extension specializing in specialty crops in Michigan. Emma has grown up on her diverse family farm where she gained experience growing and harvesting asparagus along with other row crops and raising bottle calves. Emma grew up participating in Oceana County 4-H and was a part of Montague FFA. Emma was able to scout asparagus throughout Oceana County while being a scouting intern for Nutrien Ag
Solutions of Hart and working with MSU Extension while collecting TomCast data throughout the county in the off season. Emma is currently a Michigan Grown Michigan Great Ambassador for the Michigan Ag Council where she serves the community through farmers markets and festivals while promoting Michigan Agricultural. Emma has enjoyed her time volunteering within the Agronomy Club and Sigma Alpha at MSU hosting events promoting Michigan Farm Bureau’s Farm State of Mind Initiative which
supports farmers with mental illness. In her future she would like to be the connection between consumers and growers while being able to support growers with the advancements within the agriculture industry. Emma is excited to have the potential of being the Asparagus Queen.

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Chelsi Walicki

Runner-up 2023

 

Sponsored by:  Quick-Way Inc. and

Walicki’s A-1 Auto Body & Towing LLC

Chelsi is returning this year after serving as the 2022 Asparagus Queen Runner-Up. She had a great time in 2022 and would like to represent the NAF and Asparagus Industry again in 2023. She resides in Ludington but has a strong connection to Oceana County through her family. Following high school Chelsi earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Davenport University and has been employed as an Accountant with Quick-Way Inc of Ludington for the last 5 years. In her free time, she enjoys sports, volunteering with the Oceana County 4-H Youth program, and is a member of the Oceana County Farm Bureau. Her hopes are to begin construction on her new home in 2024 and start on her hobby farm. The events and appearances Chelsi participated in during 2022 has her thinking about new events for the festival and other opportunities to promote the NAF and asparagus industry. In 2023 Chelsi hopes to help the current board reinvigorate the festival to the true celebration it once was.

We are currently not accepting applications for Asparagus Queen 2024!

History of Asparagus Royalty

 

Thank you for your reign

Asparagus Queen 2023- Emma Woller

Asparagus Queen 2022- Grace Huffman

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

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