The festival season is underway and one of the first ones of the year is the International Honeybee Festival April 10th and 11th in Palisade.

For those that would ask, "why a honeybee festival?" The answer comes directly from the festival's website..."to educate the public about the worldwide crisis on colony collapse and to support a healthy honeybee population worldwide and its impact on agriculture in the Grand Valley, Colorado and the world."

While the festival kicks off Friday evening at 5:00 with the opening reception at the Blue Pig Gallery, most of the festival happens on Saturday. The festival runs 11am- 4pm on Saturday with live entertainment on the plaza as well as street vendors and educational presentations.

The afternoon's activities include a spelling bee for kids, events at the Blue Pig Gallery, plus tours of the Meadery of the Rockies, where guests will learn how honey wine is made. The tour includes samples and bottles that will be available for purchase.

Transportation around town will be provided by the Bee Bus with stops at the Palisade Community Center, the Meadery, and Wine Country Inn.

It sounds like a fun family event you could do for an hour or two -- or maybe even three.



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