Cara Venema was crowned the 2015 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, November 24, 2014. Venema will reign over the 75th annual Tulip Festival, happening May 14, 15 and 16 in 2015.
A senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, Venema is the daughter of Dan and Tonya Venema.
Venema is joined on the 2015 Tulip Court by court members Jennifer Droog, daughter of Rick and Sue Droog; Sydney Huizenga, daughter of Darren and Dawn Huizenga; Micah Vande Vegte, daughter of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte; and Emily Wielenga, daughter of Kevin and Dixie Wielenga.
Venema and her court members spent Monday afternoon giving presentations to and answering questions with judges Mary Lou Vander Wel, Dr. King Hickman and Kayla Craig.
A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave individual presentations. Venema was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.
Venema and her court will serve as ambassadors for the city of Orange City and Tulip Festival. They will travel around the state making appearances on television and radio stations, as well as visits to the state capitol, schools, residential facilities, and various clubs and organizations.