Blossomtime Festival

Blossomtime Festival

Blossomtime Festival is a series of events that take place each year in Southwest Michigan beginning in November and running through the spring, culminating in the Grand Floral parade in St. Joseph in early May. The Blossomtime pageants are an important part of Blossomtime events, and young women from across Southwest Michigan participate in local community pageants in order to qualify to compete in the spring’s Miss Blossomtime pageant.

Kaylee Magro: Miss Blossomtime 2005

Kaylee Magro: Miss Blossomtime 2005

Originating as early as 1906 when a local reverend began the Blossomtime tradition of having his parishioners drive through local blooming fruit orchards to appreciate renewed life, Blossomtime Festival has long been an important part of Southwest Michigan’s annual traditions. A region abundant in flourishing fruit and agricultural production, Southwest Michigan attracts tourists from across Michigan and out of state, especially to participate in Blossomtime Festival events.

Blossomtime Pageants

Like with Miss America, local qualifying events are held throughout Southwest Michigan which young women must compete in in order to be qualified to run for Miss Blossomtime Queen. The Blossomtime Festival committee chair and committee assistant assist girls who want to run for the pageant by helping them understand the competition’s guidelines and regulations, which are different for each community and often change from year to year.

Both local community queens and Miss Blossomtime herself (along with the rest of the Blossomtime court) have a year long commitment to their crowns after winning the competition. Blossomtime pageant winners must go on local festival tours, attend float parades, galas and events held at city capitols.

Blossomtime pageants encompass competitions for all ages, ranging from ages 6 to 20, and young men also run for various titles, including Mr. Blossomtime and Bud Prince. Over 300 young women participate in the Blossomtime pageant each year.

Blossomtime Festival’s pageant titles include:

Bud Prince & Princess (for young boys and girls)
Miss Junior Teen Blossomtime
Miss Heart of Blossomtime
Miss Teen Blossomtime
Miss Blossomtime
Mr. Blossomtime
Miss Congeniality
Mr. Nice Guy

Local community pageants which are qualifying events for the Blossomtime pageants include:

Miss Bangor
Miss Baroda
Miss Benton harbor
Miss Berrien Springs
Miss Bridgeman
Miss Buchanan
Miss Coloma
Miss Eau Clair/Sodus
Miss Edwardsburg
Miss Hartford
Miss Heart of Blossomtime
Miss Lawrence
Miss New Buffalo
Miss Niles
Miss Paw Paw
Miss Saint Joseph
Miss South Haven
Miss Stevensville
Miss Three Oaks
Miss Watervliet

For more information on Southwest Michigan’s Blossomtime Festival and Blossomtime pageant events, visit www.blossomtimefestival.org.

Blossomtime Festival 

Blossomtime Festival is a series of events that take place each year in Southwest Michigan beginning in November and running through the spring, culminating in the Grand Floral parade in St. Joseph in early May. The Blossomtime pageants are an important part of Blossomtime events, and young women from across Southwest Michigan participate in local community pageants in order to qualify to compete in the spring’s Miss Blossomtime pageant.

Originating as early as 1906 when a local reverend began the Blossomtime tradition of having his parishioners drive through local blooming fruit orchards to appreciate renewed life, Blossomtime Festival has long been an important part of Southwest Michigan’s annual traditions. A region abundant in flourishing fruit and agricultural production, Southwest Michigan attracts tourists from across Michigan and out of state, especially to participate in Blossomtime Festival events.

Blossomtime Pageants

Like with Miss America, local qualifying events are held throughout Southwest Michigan which young women must compete in in order to be qualified to run for Miss Blossomtime Queen. The Blossomtime Festival committee chair and committee assistant assist girls who want to run for the pageant by helping them understand the competition’s guidelines and regulations, which are different for each community and often change from year to year.

Both local community queens and Miss Blossomtime herself (along with the rest of the Blossomtime court) have a year long commitment to their crowns after winning the competition. Blossomtime pageant winners must go on local festival tours, attend float parades, galas and events held at city capitols.

Blossomtime pageants encompass competitions for all ages, ranging from ages 6 to 20, and young men also run for various titles, including Mr. Blossomtime and Bud Prince. Over 300 young women participate in the Blossomtime pageant each year.

Blossomtime Festival’s pageant titles include:

Bud Prince & Princess (for young boys and girls)
Miss Junior Teen Blossomtime
Miss Heart of Blossomtime
Miss Teen Blossomtime
Miss Blossomtime
Mr. Blossomtime
Miss Congeniality
Mr. Nice Guy

Local community pageants which are qualifying events for the Blossomtime pageants include:

Miss Bangor
Miss Baroda
Miss Benton harbor
Miss Berrien Springs
Miss Bridgeman
Miss Buchanan
Miss Coloma
Miss Eau Clair/Sodus
Miss Edwardsburg
Miss Hartford
Miss Heart
Miss Lawrence
Miss New Buffalo
Miss Niles
Miss Paw Paw
Miss Saint Joseph
Miss South Haven
Miss Stevensville
Miss Three Oaks
Miss Watervliet

For more information on Southwest Michigan’s Blossomtime Festival and Blossomtime pageant events, visit www.blossomtimefestival.org.