FRANKENMUTH — Mark your calendar for the sweetest day of the year. The 5th Annual Michigan Honey Festival returns this year to Frankenmuth on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Frankenmuth. Funds raised at the event go back into surrounding communities to help educate all ages on the honeybee.
“It’s an awesome all-day event and we’ll have all kinds of events going on for the whole family,” said Melissa Jaskiewicz, president of the Michigan Honey Festival, which has a mission to educate the public about the role the honeybee plays in our environment.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harvey Kern Pavilion and, along with plenty of learning opportunities, features hands-on fun, a number of vendors, a children’s area, Master Gardeners and more. Visitors will get a chance to see custom built bee hives, check out bees wax lotions, soaps and candles, join a local bee club, check out several different demonstrations, learn how to help honeybees, learn how to brew honey mead and much more including sampling many types of honey.
This year’s featured speaker is Cybil Preston, chief apiary inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Preston will discuss American foulbrood (AFB), which is a highly contagious bacterial disease that infects honeybee brood and, eventually, kills the colony. Preston has implemented a practice that involves the utilization of dogs in detecting AFB, as their sense of smell can help to inspect up to 100 hives in approximately 45 minutes. The dogs’ human counterparts, on the other hand, must open each hive to perform a visual inspection, which is still less effective than the utilization of the dogs.
View Newspaper Group, publisher of this newspaper, is a proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of the event for the second consecutive year. “View Newspaper Group always enjoys being a part of local, community events. The Michigan Honey Festival is especially great because it helps educate the community about our environment and provides a fun, family-friendly day of activities,” said Wes Smith, group publisher. “We encourage our readers to come out and enjoy this great event put on by community volunteers.”
Those interested are encouraged to visit www.michiganhoneyfestival.com often as new content is always being added. Tickets to the festival are $5 for ages 14 and up and free for those younger than 14. For more information, call 810-241- 6308.
– Alex Petrie