Bee There or Bee Square: The Palisade Honeybee Festival

Come to Palisade Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th for the Palisade International Honeybee Festival, a community-driven event created in 2008 to educate the public about the worldwide honeybee crisis, support the healthy honeybee population, and demonstrate its impact on agriculture. The Honeybee Festival was created by a group of Palisade business owners who wanted to gather the community in celebration of its agricultural roots and to bring attention to the threatened honeybee population.

The festival’s welcoming reception will take place on Friday evening, and then on Saturday, from 11am to 4pm, the honeybee events will go into full swing. There will be bee costume contests, a spelling bee, and many educational opportunities via art, crafts, lectures, food preparation, cooking demonstrations, and the distribution of published materials. The festival, which celebrates its ninth year, highlights the many benefits of honeybees, such as personal honey consumption and the pollination of commercial orchards and other crops.

Palisade is a thriving agricultural community best known for its peaches and, in recent decades, for a burgeoning wine industry. This small community boasts hundreds of acres of orchards and vineyards and enjoys seventeen wineries, including a meadery that produces honey wine from locally harvested honey. This makes Palisade an ideal location to celebrate the honeybee. And now, when trees and other plants are turning green after their winter slumber, it’s a perfect place to spend the day outside.

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