Pictured left to right: Emily Webster, 1st runner-up, and Elizabeth Wittenbach, 2014 Michigan Apple Queen
Elizabeth Wittenbach from Belding, Mich., was crowned the 2014 Michigan Apple Queen. Wittenbach, 19, is the daughter of Mike and Marnie Wittenbach, and a student at Michigan State University, studying Agribusiness Management.
Wittenbach will spend the next year attending different events and festivals as the face of the Michigan Apple Industry, as well as traveling to schools throughout Michigan teaching students about Michigan apples.
Emily Webster from Paw Paw, Mich., earned First Runner-Up at the pageant. Webster, 21, is the daughter of David and Anne Webster. She is also a student at Michigan State University, studying Animal Science.
“It is a special honor for these young ladies to be selected to represent the Michigan Apple Industry,” said Diane Smith, MAC executive director. “The candidates go through a rigorous interview and essay writing process for the competition. Elizabeth will serve the industry well as an ambassador at schools, parades, festivals, grocery store events and more.”
The pageant took place on Wednesday, Dec. 11th during Michigan Apple Committee’s 11th annual grower luncheon. Both ladies received a scholarship from the Michigan Apple Committee as well as the Michigan State Horticultural Society this year.
Queen contestants must be between 17 and 23 years of age and have a link to the Michigan Apple Industry. The Queen and her court are chosen based on their poise, beauty, apple knowledge, and public speaking ability.