Honey of a festival to return to Palisade

An annual festival will once again draw attention to honeybees and their benefits and products.

The Palisade International Honeybee Festival is scheduled for April 11 and 12 with activities planned for several venues.

“This is an affordable, fun way to engage the whole family,” said Juliann Adams, director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve seen growing interest in every one of the five years we’ve hosted the festival.”

While the primary impetus behind the festival is to draw attention to declining honeybee colonies worldwide, the entertainment, food and activities attract people to learn about the problem, Adams said.

The festival is set to begin at 5 p.m. April 11 with a reception at the Blue Pig Gallery. Appetizers and honey wines will be served.

The festival will resume at 10 a.m. April 12 with a 5-kilometer run and walk. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the main event in the town plaza will include beverages, food and live music. Vendors will sell bee-themed products, including honey and household items. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of a bee costume contest and spelling bee. Educational presentations are planned for the Mesa County Library branch.

The Meadery of the Rockies, which makes honey based wines, will offer tours from 1 to 3 p.m.

More information about the festival is available from the website at www.palisadehoneybeefest.com.