Summer is festival season in Northern Michigan and one of the first events of the season is the Asparagus Festival in Empire.
Restaurants and vendors were offering up some great asparagus pizza along with some beer and wine to wash it down. Organizers say this is the 10th year of the event, and that it's great to see community members come out year after year.
"It's before apples, it's before cherries, it's before everything else," said festival organizer, Paul Skinner. "So we're first of the year for festivals of the season. And I think people enjoy that because it's before the season gets going fully. And so therefore locals are able to come out and thoroughly enjoy it."
Skinner says that in years past, the money raised through the festival has gone towards planting 14-thousand daffodil bulbs that can now be seen throughout the town. He says they hope to plant even more daffodils with this years profits.