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2020 Virtual Asparagus Festival

May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020

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2020 Empire Asparagus Festival is going virtual!

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have had to make some difficult decisions regarding the Empire Asparagus Festival for 2020. While we won’t be able to hold the Festival in its typical fashion, we want to bring the Asparagus Festival to you, wherever you are! Read on for ways you can participate at home, as we come together virtually to celebrate spring and our favorite vegetable- the asparagus!

You can now shop current and past Asparagus Festival apparel, as well as other Empire merchandise here!

Virtual Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk 5k

Entry-time: the entire month of May!

This is a great way to get outside and enjoy some exercise with your family, your dog, or yourself! During the month of May, you can register online to participate in the annual Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run. Entrants receive a 2020 Asparagus Festival t-shirt mailed to them.

To participate, register using the link below, and run or walk 5k at any point during the month of May! After your run/walk, post a picture on social media (Facebook or Instagram) and use the hashtag #kickyerassparagus5k so we can see your photo. Participants’ t-shirts will be mailed at the end of May.

We can’t wait to see where you run! If you have any questions, you can send them to us via Jack Gyr at jack@fieldcrafts.com.

Register here!    | Download Official Registration Form


Virtual Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off

Download the recipe collection from this year’s entries here!

Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! This year, we are asking participants to submit their favorite asparagus recipe virtually. Upon receiving entries, three recipes will be randomly chosen and cooked by Empire caterers Mel & Fell, who will then choose a winner.

All entered recipes will be shared online via a google document after the event to inspire us all with new asparagus recipes to cook at home! Winners will receive a gift basket featuring items from Grocer’s Daughter. To enter, fill out the entry form or simply email your recipe and the following information to maestier@gmail.com 

When submitting, include your name, mailing address (to receive prizes), the name of your dish, and the recipe!


“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest

2 pm | Saturday, May 16

Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable. Submit by emailing your poems to the Glen Lake Community Library at info@glenlakelibrary.net. Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 15. Entrants are invited to participate in a virtual poetry reading at 2 pm on Saturday, May 16.

Winning poems will be printed in the Glen Arbor Sun.


Our Partners in the 2020 Virtual Empire Asparagus Festival


May 1, 2020
May 31, 2020


Empire Chamber of Commerce