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Empire Asparagus Festival – May 17 – 19, 2019

Friday

Dance and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm | Front Street

Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy a traditional pig roast.

Entrance $5 | Pig Roast Price TBA

Saturday

5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk

9am: Registration begins | 10am: Race begins | Empire Public beach

Enjoy a scenic run by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and finish at the pavilion for refreshments and prizes. All runners get free entry to festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!

Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include t-shirt.

Register here! | Download Official Registration Form

Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon | Empire Township Hall
Download Entry Form

Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! Participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample while competing for cash prizes. This year, food vendors can also participate in the new professional category.

Empire Area Museum Open House
1pm to 4pm | 11544 S Lacore Rd.

“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2pm | Glen Lake Community Library

Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded. Check out the Glen Lake Library expansion plans!

All day: Asparagus Eats + Wine and Beer Tasting

Noon to 10pm | Under the Big Tent

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Amelia Vanderberg Piano Recital Noon to 1:30pm

Keith Scott Blues Guitarist 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Stellar Association Band 4:00pm to 6:00pm

5th Gear Band 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Benzie Playboys 8:00pm to 10:30pm

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions – 2pm to 4pm

Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm

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Thursday April 9th, 2020 - 3:05 pm

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Thursday April 9th, 2020 - 3:04 pm

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We are saddened to announce that the 17th annual Empire Asparagus Festival, scheduled for May 15-16, has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate the start of the summer season with you all in person, but we are planning some virtual experiences to bring us together in spirit.

The Asparagus Festival began in 2003 and since then the festival has marked the beginning of summer in Empire each year. The festival is hosted by the Empire Chamber of Commerce and takes place on Front Street. Local restaurants and breweries bring a selection of asparagus-inspired dishes and brews, and local musicians perform in a weekend-long celebration.

We would like to express our gratitude to our sponsors, food vendors and farmers, breweries and wineries, musicians and artists who have been a part of this tradition year after year. We look forward to working with you all again in the future!

We are currently working with the Glen Lake Community Library and other local businesses to create some ways to participate virtually in some favorite Asparagus Festival activities. We'll share more information in the coming weeks. For now, we wish you all health during this time. Take heart: spring is steadily arriving and soon we will see asparagus growing in the fields!
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We are saddened to announce that the 17th annual Empire Asparagus Festival, scheduled for May 15-16, has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate the start of the summer season with you all in person, but we are planning some virtual experiences to bring us together in spirit.

The Asparagus Festival began in 2003 and since then the festival has marked the beginning of summer in Empire each year. The festival is hosted by the Empire Chamber of Commerce and takes place on Front Street. Local restaurants and breweries bring a selection of asparagus-inspired dishes and brews, and local musicians perform in a weekend-long celebration.

We would like to express our gratitude to our sponsors, food vendors and farmers, breweries and wineries, musicians and artists who have been a part of this tradition year after year. We look forward to working with you all again in the future!

We are currently working with the Glen Lake Community Library and other local businesses to create some ways to participate virtually in some favorite Asparagus Festival activities. Well share more information in the coming weeks. For now, we wish you all health during this time. Take heart: spring is steadily arriving and soon we will see asparagus growing in the fields!

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