National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County

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Saturday, June 5th, 2021

In celebration of Oceana County’s most famous crop–the National Asparagus Festival of Oceana County is an annual event, held in mid-June in Hart and Shelby. Asparagus was first cultivated in Greece, and is derived from the Greek word meaning “stalk” or “shoot.”

Asparagus is perhaps a lesser-known vegetable than broccoli or carrots, but its nutritional value is one of the highest. It is a good source of folic acid, potassium, and fiber, contains no fat or cholesterol and has less than 5 calories per spear.

A float in the Asparagus Festival Parade. | Photo by the National Asparagus Festival.

Fresh asparagus can be steamed or boiled for 5-8 minutes, so preparation is fast and easy. There are also many delicious recipes that include asparagus as an ingredient.

Only California and Washington produce more asparagus than Michigan.

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the event was canceled but a modified schedule of events has been put in place for 2021. 

Here is the festival schedule for 2021:

Saturday, June 5th

  • Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5k Run, Silver Lake, registration 7:30am, race at 9am
  • Asparagus Queen Pageant & Fundraiser, Crowning of Asparagus Queen
Colonial Golf Course
Oceana Golf Club
Organizers are hopeful that the event can return to normal post-COVID. Here is the typical schedule of events that occurs:

Thursday

  • Asparagus Queen Pageant & Fundraiser, Crowning of Asparagus Queen, 7pm, Shelby High School Auditorium

Friday

  • NAF Information Tent, 10am-6pm
  • Arts & Crafts Fair, Oceana County Courthouse lawn, 10am-6pm.
  • Family Entertainment- Outdoor Movie, tent State & Main streets, 6pm

Saturday

  • Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5k Run, Silver Lake, registration 7:30am, race at 9am
  • NAF Information Tent, 9am-5pm
  • Arts & Crafts Fair, Oceana County Courthouse lawn, 9am-5pm
  • Asparagus Farm Tour, 9:30am
  • Taste of Asparagus, Knights of Columbus Hall, 11am-1pm
  • Kidz Zone, downtown Hart, 11am-2pm
  • Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade, beginning at Oceana County Fairgrounds ad ending near Hart Commons, 2pm
  • Post-Parade entertainment by Scottville Clown Band, tent at State & Main streets, 3:30pm
  • Kidz Zone, downtown Hart, 3:30-5pm

Sunday

  • Fly-In Breakfast, Oceana County Airport, Shelby, 7:30am-12pm

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this schedule. The schedule is subject to change. Check for updates at National Asparagus Festival.

For more information on the National Asparagus Festival, please contact the event organizer:

National Asparagus Festival Board of Directors

16 S. State St., Hart, MI  49431

231-861-8110

nationalasparagusfestival.org