Shown in image left to right: Maren Beaty, Chloe Bilby, Queen Naomi Mellema, Catharine Hummel, and Kate Van Der Werff
Naomi Mellema was crowned the 2022 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, Nov. 22. Naomi will reign over the 81st annual Tulip Festival, set for May 19, 20, and 21, 2022.
A senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Naomi Mellema is the daughter of Matt and Kristin Mellema.
Naomi is joined on the 2022 Tulip Court by court members Maren Beaty, daughter of Craig and Shannon Beaty, Chloe Bilby, daughter of Joe & Becky Bilby, Catharine Hummel, daughter of Patrick & Julia Hummel, and Kate Van Der Werff, daughter of Jeff and Kara Van Der Werff.
A Queen’s Tea with the court members and three pageant judges was held on Monday, November 22. A special crowning ceremony took place on that evening where the Tulip Court participated in introductions, question segments and presentations, in order to select the 2022 Tulip Festival Queen. A livestream was made available on the Tulip Festival website for the crowning event. You can watch the recorded stream here.
Naomi and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.