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2006 Michigan Apple Queen Pageant to be held December 6

Contact: Denise Yockey
(800) 456-2753

The Michigan Apple Committee and the Michigan State Horticultural Society Women's Auxiliary will stage the annual Michigan Apple Queen Pageant on Tuesday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m., in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The event is part of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo. The new Michigan Apple Queen will represent the industry at parades, fairs, festivals, and media appearances throughout 2006.

“The Apple Queen and Court are the ambassadors for the Michigan apple industry, and are well-received by the public from school children to shoppers and parade watchers,” said Denise Yockey, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee.

The 2005 Michigan Apple Queen, Paula Fisher, will step down at the pageant. Paula has been very busy serving the industry as 2005 Michigan Apple Queen, participating in nearly 25 events.

Paula and her first and second runners-up, Emily Westendorp and Ashley Wright, respectively, have appeared at farm market events, parades, Select Michigan supermarket events and more.

Seven girls will vie for the 2006 title, to be the Michigan apple industry's representative for the year. Candidates for Michigan Apple Queen must be between the ages of 17 and 23, and must have a link to the industry. Contestants are judged on a number of features, including poise, professionalism and knowledge of the apple industry.

The queen will be crowned at approximately 9:00 p.m. following personal and public interviews and gown modeling. The public and media are invited. A refreshment reception follows.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.