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Joan Glover Royale Parade

Your guide to the 2017 National Asparagus Festival

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June 9-11, 2017

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Marijo Bakker named NAF Royale Parade grand marshal harvest. Hart area resident Marijo Bakker “It’s an honor. has been named the 2017 National AsIt’s an honor to paragus Festival Joan Glover Royale be the grand marParade grand marshal. shal,” Marijo said. The wife of Michigan Asparagus A 1974 Hart Advisory Board Executive Director High School John Bakker, Marijo was born and graduate, Marijo raised on an Oceana County fruit and attended Lansing vegetable farm and as such was inCommunity Colvolved with asparagus at an early age. lege and Grand She said she’s been involved with Bakker Valley State Unithe asparagus industry for 55 years versity. She was and will try to take in as much of the festival as she can as she continues to involved with the establishment of

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Ocecana Drive to perform at NAF’s Entertainment Tent

Oceana County’s own Oceana Drive will perform in the National Asparagus Festival’s Entertainment Tent located behind Hart Pizza, 105 E. Main St., in Hart Saturday, June 10 from 6-11 p.m. Oceana Drive Band is a hard-driving West Michigan band known for its rockin’ blues, country and original tunes. Band members include, Ruthie Eilers, vocals and mandolin; Frank Galante, vocals and guitar; Andy Henley, bass; Mark Smith, vocals and guitar; and Hank Cupp, drums. Sponsored by Michigan Freeze Pack.

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the Michigan Asparagus Industry Research Farm in 1983 and took over management of harvest and data collection in 1985 – the first year of harvest. She continues in that role today. Marijo and John have three children: Zack, Brooke and Luke all of whom have spent many days as infants at the farm while Marijo harvested plots and collected data. Marijo is passionate about X-Country skiing and helped form the Oceana Cross Country Ski Association. When it is unfit to ski, she is out maintaining the two trail systems in the county and continues to serve on the association board. Marijo also enjoys camping, kayaking, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, gardening and spending time with her three grandchildren. She is employed at West Michigan Community Mental Health System.

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Get crafty at the NAF Arts & Craft Fair

The Oceana County Courthouse lawn, 100 State St., in downtown Hart, will be brimming with creativity during this year’s National Asparagus Festival Arts & Crafts Fair. This two-day event is completely full with vendors from all over the State of Michigan and surrounding states coming to showcase their homemade or homegrown items. Bella Gardens Farm Store will again be on site selling fresh asparagus. The arts and craft fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 9 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

Kidz Zone to feature activities galore

Family Movie event planned for Friday evening

A free Kidz Zone for children and their families will be located in downtown Hart, across the street from the Hart Commons, during the National Asparagus Festival. This year's Kidz Zone will include pony rides, inflatables and a small farm petting zoo. The fun will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 and will re-open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10. The Kidz Zone will shut down during the parade and pick back up from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This free event is sponsered by Arbre Farms and Willow Cold Storage. In addition to the Kidz Zone, there will be a family movie night taking place in the NAF’s Entertainment Tent, behind Hart Pizza, with free popcorn and a movie TBA. The Family Movie is sponsored by Huntington Bank.

Shelby State Bank is proud to support Oceana County’s Farming Heritage thetoNational Festival. Shelby State Bank isand proud support Asparagus Oceana County’s Congratulations on 39 of this great community event. Farming Heritage andyears the National Asparagus Festival. Congratulations 39 years of this great community event. Friday, June 8 on 44

Family Activities Presented by Bouncers & More- Adena Line Rush II, Cliff Hanger, All Star Sports Center, and more 10 am - 6 pm Family NAF Information Tent Located in the Art & Fair. Get Adena updated information, Activities Presented by Bouncers MoreLine Rush 11 AM II, - 1:30PM: The Kidz Zone Sponsored by Saturday, June 10 souvenirs, and Cliff Hanger, Allrecipes Star Sports Center, and more Arbre Farms & Willow Cold Storage 7:30 AM: Annual Spear-It 5k Run at Silver Lake Inflatables, Pony Rides & a Petting Zoo! 10 pm Crafts Fair Downtown Hart inAM, front ofDune the am - 6 pm Arts NAF & Information Tent Located in the Art GetCourthouse updated information, Registration begins at 7:30 at Fair. the Town Located in downtown Hart. Mall in Silver Lake. Race is at 9 AM, beginning and souvenirs, and recipes 6 pm - 7:30 pm Asparagus Dinner featuring Shelby Jazz Band at the Shelby HS Auditorium [Kidz Zone will shut down during the parade] ending at the Dune Town Mall. Price & $15/person, $25/couple (includes dinner, entertainment, & pageant Houghton 10 pm - 6 pm Arts Crafts Fair Downtown Hart in front of the Courthouse 8239 W. Hazel Road Mears, MI 49436 2 PM: Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade sponsored 7:30 pm Mrs. Asparagus Pageant Shelby HSJazz Cafeteria/Auditorium pm - 9 Asparagus Dinner featuring Shelby Band at the Shelby HS Auditorium Friday, 6June by Great Lakes Energy 9 AM 5 PM : NAF Information: The NAF Office will Price $15/person, $25/couple (includes dinner, entertainment, & pageant Houghton 9 AM - 6 PM: COVE Women’s Golf Scramble, at Marquette Rain or shine! Bands, floats, queens, dignitaries, be open through out the day. Saturday, June Golden Sands Golf Course: Munising 7:30 pm 9Mrs. Asparagus Pageant Shelby HS Cafeteria/Auditorium antique vehicles for you to enjoy. 2501 N. Wilson Rd, Mears, Mi 49436. Registration Seney 141 The parade starts at the Oceana County Fairgrounds 9 am 5 pm NAF Arts & Crafts Show Oceana County Courthouse lawn in Hart 9 AM 5 PM: Arts & Crafts Fair, Oceana Co. Chatham Marquette from 9 AM to 10 AM, Shotgun Tee-off at 10 AM. and Ends near Hart Commons. Courthouse Lawn, downtown Hart. June 9Spear-it Munising 2-personSaturday, golf scramble offering 9 holes with a cart, 5K Walk-Run 9 am Silver Lake Registration from 7:30 am - 8:30 am, Official NAF Merchandise 2will be avilable at the Arts Seney breakfast, lunch and a goodie bag. Prizes awarded for 141 SilverArts Lake&Dune Mini-Mall The Kidz Zone Sponsored by 9 am - 5 pm NAF Crafts County Courthouse lawn in3:30AM Hart - 5:3041PM: & Town CraftShow Fair inOceana the NAF Tent this Ironyear! River Chatham 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place. Arbre Farms & Willow Cold Storage 10 am - 11:30 Tour Silver Buses will leave the NAF Information Tent- 8:30 am, 9 am Asparagus Spear-it 5KFarm Walk-Run Lake Registration from 7:30 am Inflatables, Pony Rides & a Petting Zoo! Rapid River 10Town AM: Asparagus Farm2Tour, sponsored by Pixel Manistique Iron Mountain Silver Lake Dune Mini-Mall 10 AM - 611 PM: NAF Information, located at the am - 1:30 pm NAF Food Show “Taste of Asparagus” at the Knights of Columbus Located inbuilding downtown Hart. 2 Iron River Cooks 41 Grafix Studio. NAF Office in downtown Hart, next to La Fiesta. on Washington Street in Hart 10 am - 11:30 am Asparagus Farm Tour Buses willOffice. leave theaNAF Tent Departs from the NAF Enjoy 45-60Information minute 16 S. State Street Hart, MI 49420 2 4orPM - 6Rapid PM: Asparagus United River Manistique tour“Taste of an asparagus farm in Oceana County. Witness 2 pm NAF The Joan NAF Royale Parade Downtown Hart. shine. Bands, floatsDinner, Hart Iron Mountain 11 am - 1:30 FoodGlover Show of Asparagus” at the Knights ofRain Columbus building Methodist Church. Enjoy 2a tasty Cooks meal the harvesting, and talk with the growers about the andWashington entertainment 10 AM - 6 PM: Arts & Crafts Fair, Oceana County on Street in Hart featuring dishes prepared by the wonderful cooks of asparagus industry. 2 Courthouse Lawn: downtown Hart. 4 100 pmState -2 7 St. pm NAF Community Picnic Hart Commons inpopular Downtown Hart 41 Hart United Bands, Methodistfloats Church. The Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade Downtown Hart. Rain or shine. Come early! This is one of our most events! Official NAF Merchandise will be avilable at the Arts 308 S. State Street Hart, MI 49420 11 this pmyear! and NAFentertainment Evening Concert with Electric Wombats at Hart Commons & Craft Fair in 7 thepm NAF-Tent 10 AM - 1 PM: Taste of Asparagus 4 pm - 7 pm NAF Community Picnic Hart Commons in Downtown Hart 41 6 PM: Entertainment Tent Opens: Featuring a live

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Learn all about asparagus on the NAF’s farm tour

Get up close and personal with the National Asparagus Festival’s star attraction, asparagus, and see how it’s grown Saturday, June 10 during the NAF’s annual Asparagus Farm Tour. The ever-popular farm tour, sponsored by Pixel Grafix Studio, will depart from the NAF Information Center at NAF Office, 16 S. State St., in downtown Hart. Passengers will be loaded onto a bus at 8:45 a.m. and the tour leaves at 10 a.m. sharp. Space on the farm tour bus is limited and maps to the farm will be available for those who are unable to secure a seat on the bus. Golden Township farmer Carl Fuehring will host the 45 to 60 minute tour. Fuehring will discuss how asparagus is The tour will showcase workers harvesting asparagus picked and how fast it can grow. He will also field ques- and provide the opportunity to talk with growers about tions about farming asparagus. their part in the asparagus industry. Longtime Oceana County resident and former Mrs. AsThere is no charge to take part in the farm tour, however, paragus Stacia Erickson is the tour guide and offers many donations are accepted. interesting facts and stories on the bus ride to the farm.

Hart UMC to serve Asparagus Dinner

After the conclusion of the Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade, head on over to the Hart United Methodist Church, 308 State St., for the NAF’s annual Asparagus Dinner. The talented cooks of the Hart UMC Hart will serve up a tasty asparagusthemed meal from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Dishes on the menu include, ham, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted asparagus, asparagus salads, asparagus cake and much more. Tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for children and are available at the door. Takeout meals are available for those unable to stay for dinner.

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Spear-It 5K to honor Ryan Walsworth

A number of changes are in store for the National Asparagus Festival's annual 5k run/walk this year. Formerly known as the Spear-It 5K Run/Walk, the run now in its 28th year, will be known as the The Ryan Walsworth Spear It 5K. in honor of the late Ryan Walsworth of Mears. “We wanted to honor Ryan’s commitment to not only the festival but to the asparagus and agricultural industries and felt this would be a great way to do that,” race coordinator Michele Amstutz said. “Ryan and Golden Stock Farms has supplied the asparagus for events during the National Asparagus Festival, including the 5K and the Taste of Asparagus. He always without hesitation was willing to contribute to the festival anyway he could so dedicating the Spear It 5K was the least we could do to honor him,” she said. The Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5K

will take place in Silver Lake Saturday, June 10. Participants will be treated to a breathtaking view of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes as they complete the multi-faceted course. The run starts at 9 a.m. in front of the Dune Town Mall, where the finish line also will be

located. The day of registration fee is $23 and for those planning to walk the course will be an $18 fee. Those interesgted in saving $3 on their registration fee can pre-regisgter online at aspx?id=40221. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. All pre-registered participants will receive a 2017 Spear-It 5K T-shirt, while same day registrants will only receive a T-shirt on a firstcome, first-served basis. Another new feature to the run is a costume contest. The runner or walker who dresses with “The Most Spear – It” will be awarded a trophy, free entry in the 2018 Spear-It 5K , plus two tickets to the NAF’s Taste of Asparagus as well as the NAF’s Entertainment Tent during this year’s festival. Judging will take place prior to the run so organizers ask that any-

one with a costume be prepared to be judged by 8:30 a.m. The winner will be announced post-race. EnerG Fitness of New Era will be on site again this year to offer a free prerace workout to help get the runners warmed up and pumped up for the run. Following the run don’t miss your chance to visit the 2018 Asparagus Queen and Runner Up who will be

distributing water to runners at the finish line and will distributed asparagus to runners during the awards ceremony. Event sponsor for the The Ryan Walsworth Spear It 5K is Hometown Pharmacy and the race’s asparagus donor is New Era’s American Asparagus – Caleb Coulter of New Era. For more information e-mail

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Taste of Asparagus to showcase versatility of asparagus

Celebrate asparagus at the National Asparagus Festival’s Taste of Asparagus (formerly known as the NAF Food Show) Saturday, June 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 Washington St., in downtown Hart. This is the event to attend if you want to experience fresh, locally grown asparagus at its very best. Sample a wide variety of asparagus dishes made by area residents and restaurants offering portions of appetizers, salads, main dishes and even desserts. Be sure to bring an appetite for asparagus, and then cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” The Taste of Asparagus begins at 11 a.m. admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children aged 5 to 12, and children under 5 are free. This year’s Food Show is sponsored by the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board and will include a visit from the newly crowned Asparagus Queen and Runner-Up. To enter a dish in the Taste of Asparagus, visit the NAF’s

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Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade to feature nearly 100 entries The streets of Hart will be lined 3-4 people deep as the Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade makes its way north along State Street Saturday, June 10. The parade, which will feature more than 100 entries, begins at 2 p.m. at the Oceana County Fairgrounds. It is a long-time community favorite and attracts people from all over the State of Michigan. Due to a prior commitment, the Scottville Clown Band will not be taking part in the parade. However, many organizations, groups and businesses from across Oceana County are set to take participate. The 2017 Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade line-up includes: William Negake VFW Post 1329, Hart VFW Post 1329 Auxillary, Joan Glover Royale Parade banner, National Asparagus Festival float, Great Lakes Energy, Michigan State Police, Oceana County Sheriff, Oceana County EMS, Hart Area Fire Department, Shelby Benona Fire Department, Walkerville Fire and Rescue, Shelby Police Department, Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade Grand Marshal Marijo Bakker, Shelby High School Marching Band, Hart City officials, Oceana County Airport Association, Knights of Columbus Council 2199, Frosty Acres, Boy Scout Troop 1151 and Cub Scout pack 4157, Diman Wolf Early Childhood, Gales IGA, Arbre Farms/ Willow Cold Storage, Shelby State Bank, Oceana County 4H Ambassadors, Oceana Antique Tractors, Past NAF Royalty (pulled by Carl Weigand), Irons Area Tourist Association, Mears Service Center, American Red Cross, Oceana Hispanic Center, Homewtown Pharmacy, Hart Lions Club, Breakaway Motors, Oceana Christian School, West Shore Antique Autos, Larson and Son Ace Hardware, Juan Time Roofing, Hart Main Street, Arthur Jeffries (Sponsor Hart Dairy Delight), Louis Gelder & Sons, United States Coast Guard Festival, Hart and Shelby Rotary Club, Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society, Pixel Graphics, Hallack Contracting, Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt, Lake Michigan Methodist Camp, Shelby Chamber of Commerce, Shel-

by Chamber/Shelby Officials (driven by Chelsea Stratil, Shelby Village Administrator), Jon Bumstead, State Senator Goeff Hansen, State Representative Scott Vansingel, State Representative Holly Hughes, Empire contractors, Haunted Acres, Oceana County Right to Life, EnerG Fitness, Lewis Farm Market and Petting Farm, GHSP, Louis Kludy, Ronald McDonald, Lakeside Rehab and Family Fitness, Todd Greiner Farms, Muskegon County Antique Auto Club, Gerber Baby Food Festival, Weesies Garden Center, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Dad’s Automotive, Big Hart Brewry, Larry

Draper, West Shore Bank, First Baptist Church of Hart, 4 Seasons Landscaping, Country Dairy, Jim Hines, Farm Bureau Insurance - Kaleb Klotz, La Fiesta, Muskegon Shrine Club Clowns Unit, Swihart’s Septic Inc., El Cardenal, Hart High School Band, Hart Police Department and many more. The Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade, named in loving memory of NAF Board President Leroy Glover’s beloved late wife. The parade is sponsored by Great Lakes Energy and is the focal point of the National Asparagus Festival.

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Left to Right, Alex Comstock, Nathan Wittkamp, Mike Lambrix, Gerrit Herrygers, Royce Jeffries, Eric Eckholm, Andrew Creed, Richard Burrell, Josh Herrygers, Kaylee Herrygers, Katie O’Donnell, Megan Abbott, Christine Jeffries. Not Pictured Cassie Holladay and Lynnette Archey


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Fly-in breakfast to close out 2017 NAF The 2017 National Asparagus Festival will conclude Sunday, June 11 with the annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at the Oceana County Airport, 1805 W. Baseline Rd., from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Members of the Oceana County Airport Association and Rotary Club will be on hand to serve up a delicious meal of pancakes with “fresh Oceana fruit topping,”

scrambled eggs and sausage. A number of styles of aircrafts will be on display, and you never know what might just fly-in. Fresh asparagus will be distributed as door prizes and asparagus will also be for sale. The event is open for over four hours to allow locals and visitors the opportunity to

attend church services before or after coming to enjoy such a unique setting for the breakfast. Make sure to keep an eye out for the 2017 Asparagus Queen and Runner-Up as they make the rounds at 10 a.m. for breakfast and a meet and greet opportunity. Breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for children 5-12 and children 4 and under eat for free.

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