Join the fun!

There are events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the weekend. From beekeeping seminars to mead tastings, to kids activities and wax rendering, there is a lot to see.

 
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FESTIVAL HOURS
Saturday 9am - 4pm | Sunday 10am - 4pm


Things to Do & See

Honey Harvesting Demonstrations

Join local beekeepers in harvesting honey! Watch as a frame of honey is pulled from the honey super and uncapped, revealing the delicious golden honey inside each cell. Try your hand at spinning the extractor, which will spin the honey out of the frames. You'll see the flow of honey move through the mesh filter into the bucket, and then go directly into the jar! This is truly "raw honey" at its finest!

Beeswax Rendering & Candle-Making

What do we do with all of that beeswax that is left over after harvesting the honey? Tons of cool stuff! Stop by the wax rendering booth and watch the process. Kids will even get to make their own candle to take home.

Extract Your Own Honey

Bee In Your Bonnett’s mobile extraction unit will be on-site to process your honey for just $3/frame! Please contact Wayne Bonnett to schedule a time slot.

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Things to Taste

Mead and Honey Beer Brewers

One of the most popular parts of last year's event was the mead and honey brewed beer tasting area. We're looking forward to welcoming our local meadmakers and brewers back to the festival!

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Honey Tasting

The best part of a honey festival is, of course, the honey! In addition to tasting the honey that is being extracted during the festival, you'll get to taste and vote on all of the entries in our Honey Taste Contest! We think you'll be surprised by the great variety in taste and color among the entries.

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Local Vendors Wanted

The Honey Harvest Festival was created to celebrate the honey bee. As part of the event, we invite local crafters, artists, bakers, mead-makers, chefs, jewelers...to join in the fun. If you create things with hive products (honey, beeswax, propolis, etc.) or have bee-themed products that you think would make the event more fun, please consider filling out our vendor application! 

Calling all Beekeepers

Do your bees make the tastiest honey around? Enter your honey in our Honey Tasting Contest for a chance to win not just a prize, but also bragging rights! This is one of the most popular events at the festival each year, and we absolutely love seeing (and tasting!) the amazing array of colors and flavors that the bees can produce. Check out the contest rules and the entry form by clicking below.

Saturday Class Schedule

10:00 am | Gardening for our Pollinators with Carol Ann Harlos
Join local gardening expert and beekeeper Carol Ann Harlos for a fun and informative talk about gardening with our precious pollinators in mind. Carol Ann brings her unique experience as a long-time gardener and lover of bees together to talk about ways to attract and support all of the beneficial bees and butterflies in your own yard.

11:00 am | Health from the Hive: Honey, Pollen & Propolis with Mike Masterson
We all know that honey tastes good, but there are so many more health benefits that we can gain from consuming raw honey, In addition to honey, we harvest bee pollen and propolis from the bees, and these substances have surprising benefits as well. Join Mike as he talks about how these hive products have improved his health, and go home with your own little jar of honey to get you started!

12:00 pm | Beekeeping 101 with Erin Holko
If you’ve been thinking about getting into beekeeping, this is the place to start. Erin will cover the most frequently asked questions and give you a good idea about what it takes to get started. Bring lots of questions!

1:00 pm | Bees in Trees: Natural Beekeeping with Dan Masterson
Dan has done quite a bit of research about the natural honeybee habitat, which is typically a tree cavity. Dan will share information about the natural habits of honeybees and what we can learn from observing them in their natural state. Weather permitting, he will also demonstrate how to create a “bee tree” from a hollow tree trunk, and you might even get to go check out his live bee tree!

2:00 pm | Chemical Free Mite Treatment with Beehive Thermal Industries www.beehivethermalindustries.com
As the varroa mite remains a great threat to our honeybee colonies, new research is being done to find better ways to control them. Join Beehive Thermal Industries’ Lynn Williams as he shares his knowledge and his thermal mite treatment technology.

3:00 pm | Meadmaking at Home with Lilly Belle Meads
Not only will we have Lilly Belle Meads and their awesome selection of meads with us throughout the weekend, they will be presenting a class on meadmaking. Because they are beekeepers, they have a unique understanding of and appreciation for the honey that they are using to create their delicious meads.

Sunday Class Schedule

11:00 am | Health from the Hive: Honey, Pollen & Propolis with Mike Masterson

12:00 pm | Beekeeping 101 with Erin Holko/My First Years as a Beekeeper with Julian Leggett
Erin will talk briefly about beekeeping basics, then turn it over to Julian Leggett who will share his experiences as a new beekeeper. His fun talk will share what he’s learned, what he wished he had known, and lots of other good stuff! If you’re just thinking about getting into beekeeping, this will be one you don’t want to miss. If you’ve been keeping bees for many years, then you can likely identify with many of the things Julian will share!

1:00 pm | Keeping Bees in Trees with Dan Masterson

2:00 pm | Chemical Free Mite Treatment with Beehive Thermal Industries www.beehivethermalindustries.com

3:00 pm | Meadmaking at Home with Lilly Belle Meads