03-09-2017 Tri-City Royalty vying for Blossomtime titles

Tri-City Royalty vying for Blossomtime titles this Sunday and Monday

By Annette Christie

A sure sign of spring is the happening of the Mr. Blossomtime Contest/Showcase of Queens and the Miss Blossomtime Pageant.  The events will be held March 12 and 13 at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Sunday night will start at 6:30 p.m. and Monday night will start at 7:00 p.m.

New this year is an opportunity for the public to help in sending their favorite of the 24 community queens to the Top 10 of Miss Blossomtime.  By visiting the Blossomtime website (blossomtimefestival.org), the public can cast their ballot for their favorite young lady to send to the Top 10.

Tickets for both events are still available and can be obtained by contacting the Blossomtime Office at 269-982-8016. Tickets for Sunday are $15 and Monday are $20.

Coloma’s own Ashley Sipla will be giving up her title of Miss Blossomtime as she crowns the 2017 Miss Blossomtime at the culmination of the two-night event.


Cassidy Fickett is Miss Coloma and Miss Congeniality.  She will be representing the community of Coloma in the Miss Blossomtime Pageant.

Fickett, 18, is the daughter of William Fickett and Corine Fickett.  She is a senior attending Coloma High School.  Her future plans include attending the University of Michigan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a double minor in business and Asian language studies.  She hopes to volunteer with the Peace Corps and eventually become a Foreign Service Officer.

Miss Coloma

In school, she is involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge team, marching band, concert band, jazz band, and tennis.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the ukulele, meditating, writing, geo-caching, baking, and traveling.

Representing the community in the quest for Mr. Blossomtime will be Jacob Sharpe and Zack Heater.

Mr. Coloma

Jacob Sharpe, 17, was named Mr. Coloma 2017.  He is the son of John Sharpe and Candi Gabrielse.

Sharpe is a senior attending Coloma High School.  He is involved in marching band and concert band.  Following high school, he plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to study diesel mechanics.

In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, tubing, and wake boarding.

Zack Heater was a double winner as he was named Mr. Nice Guy by his fellow contestants and second runner-up.  He is the son of Mike and Audrey Heater.  The 18-year-old is a senior attending