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Michigan Apple Queen enjoys variety in first half of her reign

By 2014 Michigan Apple Queen Elizabeth Wittenbach

It’s hard to believe that my year as the Michigan Apple Queen is nearly half over. These past few months have been sprinkled with a variety of opportunities to promote the Michigan Apple Industry. I kicked off my reign with the grand opening of a Kroger Marketplace store in Shelby Township. I helped pass out 300 bags of Michigan Apples to customers; the apples were gone in less than 8 minutes! In March, I attended the Chicagoland Kids Expo and had a wonderful time coloring and crafting with bunches of kids at the Michigan Apple booth. I had the honor of attending Glei’s farm market grand opening in Coldwater. It was exciting to see people of all ages come out to support local growers, and I even had my first radio interview to promote the market and Michigan Apples!

Emily Webster, the 2014 Michigan Apple Queen First Runner-Up, and I celebrated the start of summer with the Tulip Time Parade in Holland, Michigan. Fortunately, the car we rode in only stalled once during the parade, and Emily and I laughed the whole time. However, I will admit that my waving arm was a little sore afterwards. The following week, I read a Dr. Seuss book to a kindergarten class at an elementary school in Fowlerville. The kids were thrilled to welcome me to their class and were full of questions. My personal favorites were, “Is there an apple king?” and “Do you live in a castle?”

I’ve enjoyed each of these events and am eager to attend more to promote Michigan Apples as we approach harvest season!