Palisade Honeybee Festival will bee a great time for all

Where will you “bee” this weekend?

Hopefully, you’ll be in Palisade for the Palisade International Honeybee Festival featuring vendors, educational booths and activities for all ages.

The festival will begin Friday, April 11, with an open house from 5–8 p.m. at The Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St.

There will be an exhibit of bee-themed and springtime art by Blue Pig artists. Visitors can view batiks made with the use of dyes and beeswax by local artists Susan Metzger, Beverly O’Neil and Vera Mulder, or encaustics that incorporate the use of wax and are created by Susan Stanton. The open house will feature gourmet appetizers and honey wine samples, and there will be a discussion on controlling pests while conserving honeybees.

The Honeybee Festival continues Saturday, April 12, with a batik demonstration by Metzger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Blue Pig Gallery.

Additional events on Saturday will be at Third and Main streets and the Town Plaza, as well as at participating businesses.

There will be food and live music along with educational presentations and street vendors. The Children’s Nature Center will host its inaugural “Zoo ‘Bee’lievers” 5K run/walk race at 10 a.m. with the awards presentation at 11:30 a.m. in the Town Plaza.

A spelling bee will begin at 11 a.m. in the plaza. Children are encouraged to dress up like bees and enter the costume contest at 11:45 a.m. The Palisade Branch, Mesa County Libraries will host a bee-themed story hour at 12:30 p.m.

The public can learn how honey wine is made during tours of Meadery of the Rockies, 3701 G Road. Tours will be on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.

The “Bee Bus” will give rides to various points of interest such as the Palisade Art Lovers Society Show at the Palisade Community Center, the Meadery of the Rockies and the Wine Country Inn. The bus will depart from Town Plaza every hour and half-hour beginning at noon.

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