Name: Maren Beaty

Parents: Craig and Shannon Beaty

Hobbies & Interests: Some of my hobbies are reading, baking, and painting. I am interested in anything that has to do with the outdoors, like flowers, camping, and hiking. 

School Activities: As a student at MOC-FV, I enjoy staying busy and involved in many ways. I am currently in cross country, soccer, band, orchestra, speech, student council, and National Honor Society.

Spare Time Activities: In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also work at Dutch Dogs here in Orange City, and I really enjoy helping take care of all the dogs there. I am a member of Trinity Reformed Church, and I love serving in the nursery on Sundays and always look forward to going to youth group on Wednesday nights.  

Education/Career Plans: After high school, I plan to attend a four year college or university. Currently, I would like to major in Elementary Education, possibly with a minor or endorsement in Spanish.

Past Tulip Festival Participation: Tulip Festival has always been a special time of year for me. When I was younger, I enjoyed Dutch games and riding floats. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve loved twirling the baton for MOC’s Junior High Marching Band and also The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band. In 2021, I was also a part of the Dutch Dozen, and it was really fun to be part of that group

How do you feel about being a part of the Tulip Festival Court?

It is such an honor to be a part of the Tulip Festival Court. I have always looked up to the girls on past Tulip Courts and it is crazy to think I am one of them now! I am so excited to represent the town and make memories with our court this year.

How has Tulip Festival been a part of your life over the years?

I have always loved Tulip Festival ever since I was in elementary school. I was involved in Dutch Games and rode floats, and it was especially fun for me to watch my older sister march in the parades. In 7th grade, I started twirling baton for MOC’s bands and that was always a highlight of my festivals. In 2021, I was privileged to be a part of the Dutch Dozen. I always look forward to Tulip Festival every year- there’s nothing like it!

Why did you decide to run for Tulip Queen/Court?

I decided to run for Tulip Queen/Court because of the opportunity it gave me. I have loved being involved in the festival in various ways in the past, but being on Tulip Court is an entirely new experience that I am looking forward to.

What does the Dutch Heritage of this community mean to you? 

I think that Orange City’s Dutch Heritage is what makes our town so special. Our Dutch Heritage keeps us working hard and helps us appreciate where we came from. Many families, including my own, have been living in and around Orange City for generations, and I think that is very unique.

Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share? 

Thank you all for voting- I am so excited to serve our community in this way.