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Back in 24: Go green in Oceana

June 7, 2010

No, this isn’t a call to be more earth friendly, though that is never a bad idea. Nor is it a proclamation of my love for Michigan State (Go Broncos, hello).  Actually, this is my personal invitation to celebrate one of the things Michigan actually does right: grow asparagus.

Now, you may laugh, but I am not joking. Michigan is the 3rd largest grower of asparagus in the nation. What better way to improve the economy and take a low-cost trip than to visit the National Asparagus Festival. Again, this is not a joke. This festival really exist.

This hometown festival takes place in Hart Michigan, part of  Oceana County, which is famous for its stalks of, what else, asparagus!  There will be more than just grannies pointing wrinkly fingers in your face and nagging you to ‘eat your vegetables. The festival will include an art fair, live music and a finale dinner featuring the counties most beloved food.
A children’s parade will start marching in downtown Hart at 4 p.m. June 11. Later that night, the festival’s first teen dance partyis sure to have brave adolescence doing the chicken dance and cranking the soljah boi.

Those truly dedicated to healthy living, and you must be to attend a veggie fest, can join in the 5k walk/run at 9 a.m. at Silver Lake (registration starts at 7:30 a.m.) June 12.
Ever dream of being one of the judges on iron chef? Here’s your chance, and guess what special ingredient is? You guessed it! Asparagus. Taste of Asparagus is June 12 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Knights of Columbus building on Washington Street.

The Silverado Band and DeWayne Spaw will perform at the festival.

Facts about Asparagus:

  • A serving size is 5 spears and is only 20 calories (before you add butter)
  • A spear can grow 10 inches in a 24-hour period
  • Asparagus can grow for 15 years without having to be replanted
  • The larger the diameter of the spear, the better it will be for you
  • Hey, fiber nuts, asparagus is a great source of this essential nutrient
What:  3 day National Asparagus Festival in Hart, MI
Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes
Cost:  To get into the festival is free, but individual event cost vary. 
       Take  at least $30 for gas and food.
More information: www.nationalasparagusfestival.org

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