It may be small but the honeybee arguably plays a huge role in the production of the foods Americans serve on their kitchen tables. Honeybees are the top pollinators of crops in the United States and are responsible for 80 percent of insect-pollinated crops.
In recognition of its vital function in the food cycle, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) will hold its third annual Honeybee Festival on Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Honeybee Festival will feature numerous activities for families. There will be bee games, crafts, honey samples, cooking demonstrations with honey by a local Publix grocery store, and story time. A number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss their craft and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products. You will even be able to purchase some very local honey directly from the hives of the GEHC.
One highlight of the festival will be a children’s honeybee costume contest. Get your creativity buzzing in designing your honeybee costume. A honeybee parade around the inside of the GEHC will be held at 2 p.m., with the judging to follow immediately. For costume rules and details, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Admittance to the festival is included in the price of admission to the GEHC. Members are admitted free.
“The GEHC staff always looks forward to this event. It is a great opportunity to enjoy time as a family and to learn about one of our favorite and most valuable insects,” said Jason West, director of programming and development.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.