By Mary Drier
SEBEWAING — The 48th Michigan Sugar Festival Queen for 2012 is Taylor Janicek, 19, of Corunna.
First runner-up is Stefanie Denstedt of Lupton, and second runner-up is Ashli Maser of Au Gres.
As queen, Janicek will represent the sugar beet industry as she visits with public officials, food industry leaders and the general public.
Her schedule includes many official appearances during the year, often riding on the Pioneer Sugar float in over 20 parades throughout Michigan.
As part of the queen’s court, Denstedt and Maser will accompany Janicek in many parades and other personal appearances.
Janicek, the daughter of Gregg and Kellie Janicek of Corunna, is a 2011 graduate of Corunna High School and is currently attending Michigan State University majoring in Agribusiness Management and Agronomy.
Denstedt, 19, is the daughter of Larry and Diane Denstedt. She graduated from Ogemaw Heights High School in 2010, and currently attends Kirtland Community College where she has been admitted into the nursing program with the intention of becoming a registered nurse.
Maser, 18, is the daughter of Rodney and Jennifer Maser. She is a recent graduate from Au Gres-Sims High School, and will be attending Saginaw Valley State University majoring in Biochemistry, with the intent of becoming a dentist specializing in orthodontics.
The royal ladies were selected from 18 candidates.
Michigan Sugar Company solely sponsors the Michigan Sugar Queen competition. As the sponsor, the company and grower-owners provide the queen with a $2,000 scholarship for use at the University of her choice.
The first and second runners-up will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Also, the festival’s grand marshals Marsh Lupp, Mark Rummel, Dan Bach, and Rod Teitz, who were members of the band the “The Revived Condition.” They took center stage during the festival to be introduced and honored.
They were a local garage band in the 60s. They regaled the audience with their memories of the gigs they played including the VFW Hall in Sebewaing. Their one moment of glory was having the singer Bob Seger borrow their tambourine.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.