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National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County

June 8th-9th, 2024

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.

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Oceana Golf Club

Here's the most updated schedule for the event:

Saturday, June 8th, 2024

  • 7:30am – Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5k Run – registration begins at 7:30am and race begins at 9am at Silver Lake Chicken Shack- 8343 W. Hazel Rd., Silver Lake. Pre-register at nationalasparagusfestival.org.
  • 9am-5pm – Arts & Crafts Fair on the Oceana County Courthouse lawn- 100 S. State St., Hart. Apply for the fair at eventny.com.
  • 9:30am – Farm Tour at the NAF Office- 16 S. State St., Hart. Sign-up is from 8:30-9:30am.
  • 11am-1pm – Taste of Asparagus in the Historic District (Shuttles available). Apply at eventny.com by May 31st, 2024.
  • 11am-12:30pm – Parade Line-up/Staging at the Oceana County Fairgrounds- 1025 S. State St., Hart. Find registration form here.
  • 11am-2pm – Kid’s Zone, location TBA
  • 2pm – Joan Glover Royale Parade beginning at Oceana County Fairgrounds and ending near Hart Commons
  • 3-5pm – Kid’s Zone, location TBA
  • Following the Parade- Performance by the Scottville Clown Band, location TBA

Sunday, June 9th, 2024

  • 7:30am-12pm – Fly-in Breakfast at the Oceana County Airport- 1805 W. Baseline Rd., 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

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