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National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County

June, 2023

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.

Colonial Golf Course
Oceana Golf Club

Here’s the Typical Schedule of Events:

Saturday

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

Saturday

  • 7:30am – Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5k Run, Silver Lake, registration 7:30am, race at 9am. Pre-register at runsignup.com
  • 9am-5pm – Arts & Crafts Fair, Oceana County Courthouse lawn
  • 9:30am– Asparagus Farm Tour, NAF Office
  • 11am-1pm – Taste of Asparagus, Historic District (Shuttles available)
  • 11am-2pm & 3-5pm Kidz Zone, Parking Lot next to Hart Commons
  • 2pm – Pixel Graphics Studio NAF Royal Parade, beginning at Oceana County Fairgrounds and ending near Hart Commons
  • 4-5pm – City of Hart Hoedown with Amy Christian

Sunday

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