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MAC Searches for Next Apple Queen

Applications now available for the 2016 Michigan Apple Queen

LANSING, Mich. — Women with a strong and definite connection to the Michigan apple industry are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Michigan Apple Queen title. The application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2015. The new queen will be crowned at the Michigan Apple Growers Luncheon at the Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Interested candidates can obtain an application at http://www.michiganapples.com/Just-for-kids/Michigan-Apple-Queen.

The Michigan Apple Queen represents the Michigan Apple industry for one year and must be the daughter, sister, niece or granddaughter of a Michigan apple producer. Applicants must be between the ages of 17-23 by Dec. 31, 2015. Women interested in applying for this prestigious title must have strong knowledge of the Michigan apple industry, be outgoing, personable and available to make public appearances throughout the year. The Michigan Apple Queen will attend various events, parades and festivals, as well as traveling to schools educating students about apples.

Contestants compete in an essay response, along with a one-on-one personal interview. Applicants will be judged on their poise, beauty, apple knowledge, public speaking ability and essay response. The Queen will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the First Runner-Up will receive $2,500 from the Michigan Apple Committee. The Michigan State Horticultural Society will also contribute a $1,000 scholarship to both the Queen and First Runner-Up. 

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