What’s the buzz? Honeybee festival

The buzz returns to Palisade with an annual festival that once again will focus on honeybees and their benefits and products.

The Palisade International Honeybee Festival is scheduled for April 12 and 13 with events at 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 every one of the four years we’ve hosted the festival.”

While the primary motivation behind conducting the festival is to draw attention to the ramifications of declining honeybee colonies worldwide, the entertainment, food and wares encourage participation, Adams said. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”

The festival is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. April 12 at the Blue Pig Gallery with a reception and show featuring bee-themed art. Appetizers and honey wines will be served.

The festival will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at the Town Plaza with food, music, and a variety of activities. A bee costume contest and spelling bee are planned. Street vendors will sell an assortment of bee-themed products.

Educational presentations are planned for the Mesa County Library branch on Third Street.

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

In addition, the annual Peach Blossom Art Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palisade Community Center.

Shuttle service will be available every half hour from the Town Plaza near the corner of Main and Third Streets, with stops at the Meadery of the Rockies, Palisade Community Center and Wine Country Inn.

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