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Honey Fest 2018: Making This September A Little Sweeter

Come join hundreds of bee lover’s as they swarm this annual festival where Bees are the stars of Lithopolis.

August 29, 2018

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Dejah Braggs

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Oct 16, 2018

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To most people, bees are just pesky insects that you try your hardest to steer clear of. Whether it is because of their intimidating stingers or their continuous humming sound, it’s safe to say that these critters are not favored by many. However, the importance of bees in our environment is often overlooked, and the city of Lithopolis has chosen to treat every bee like a queen.

Every year the people of Lithopolis come together to hold Honey Fest,  a non-profit event with a mission to raise awareness of the importance of the honey bee on crop pollination, to increase the consumption of honey, and to educate people on the industry of beekeeping.

This year’s Honey Fest will take place will be on September 7th and 8th and will mark the festivals 12 years of existence. Even if you are not to a self-proclaimed Bee lover, Honey fest is still a free, fun and educational way to end your summer!

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What To Do at Honey Fest

band on stage with a yellow Lithopolis Honeyfest banner behind them
‍ ‍Courtesy of Lithopolis Honeyfest

The weekend-long event celebrates honey bees in ways that are unimaginable. The festival is filled with bee beards and observation hives, and has different samples of honey lurking around every corner. Visitors of the Lithopolis Honeyfest enjoy all things related to honey such as beekeeping, honey tasting, food made with honey, as well as informative beekeeping featuring Ohio Beekeepers. In addition to learning about beekeeping, Bee themed items are sold throughout the festival where bee-lovers can purchase everything from soaps and jewelry to honey inspired painted glass. The festivals encourage all artisans to participate in Honeyfest.  Younger beekeepers can create crafts at the Busy Beehive. You may even catch a glimpse of the bee man and get a chance to learn how his interest of bees has developed over the years.

Honey Bake-Off

The Honeyfest bake-off showcases how the everyday cook can incorporate honey as a baking ingredient. Through this competition, you’ll learn not only how to add sweetness to your favorite desserts, but also learn the benefit of using honey in a variety of recipes. The bake-off has 7 different classes that potential contestants can participate in. Contestants in classes 1-5 & 7 must use honey as 50% of a sweetener in desserts such as cookies, cakes, pies and many more. In class 6, honey must be the only sweetener used to make yeast bread.  Winners of the Honeyfest bake sale will recieve a cash prize. Registration is Friday, September 8, between 3 and 7 pm. Please bring an entry form and recipe form.

For those who are not ready to leave the beehive and compete, baked goods that do not fit into a specified category would be appreciated as a donation for the bake sale. All entries are the property of the Lithopolis Honeyfest and will be sold by the bake sale, and the proceeds go toward operating costs of the Lithopolis Honeyfest. Also, a selection of competitors will be chosen to be published in the next edition of Taste of Honey.  For more sweet tips check out the Honey Fest Website.

Honey Competition

honey in a jar
Courtesy of Lithopolis Honeyfest

Another featured event of Honeyfest is the Honey Competition. There are seven different classes for the Honey Competition. Classe 1-4 is for white, white water, amber, and dark amber extracted honey. These entries will be judged on appearance and fill with jars, color, clarity, cleanliness, moisture, flavor and aroma. Classes 6-7 accepts entries that are comb cut, creamed and beeswax honey. The judging varies on each type of honey and judging criteria can be found on the Honey Fest website. For every class, there is a cash prize for best in show, first, second and third place.

Photography Contest

close-up of a bee on a yellow flower
Courtesy of Lithopolis Honeyfest

The Honeyfest photography contest consists of three classes. Classes 1 and 2 are for adults only. The categories are “Life as a Beekeeper” and “The Smartphone" category which allows any honey bee related photo taken with a smartphone as an entry. Class 3 is where younger photographers can participate in the “All things Honey Bee category." This class is for youth 17 years and younger. All classes will be eligible for a cash prize, and your photo could be considered for use in the 2019 Central Ohio Beekeepers Calendar. The entry deadline is August 24th.

Lithopolis Honeyfest Queen and Princess Pageant

Lithopolis Honeyfest pageant queen smiling with bees covering face
Courtesy of Lithopolis Honeyfest

The pageant will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The Queen division is for girls ages 13 to 18. The Princess division is for girls 6 to 12. In each division, there will be a first runner-up announced alongside the Queen or Princess. Winners of the parade will be required to participate in festivals/parades, as well as  Other events such as fundraisers or community service projects. Some of the rules and requirements include:

  • All contestants must be female, currently attending school and reside in the State of Ohio.
  • Princess candidates must submit a story about a honey bee.  It should be one full page (notebook paper) and may include a drawing.  The story will be judged on creativity and grammar.
  • All queen candidates must submit a 500-word essay on the importance of the honey bee. The essay must be typed, 12 Calibri font and double-spaced.
  • A mandatory rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
  • After being crowned, the Honeyfest Queen and Princess must remain at the festival.
  • There are other regulations and deadlines regarding registration and dress code for the pageant.
  • The attire for the pageant is semi-formal and age appropriate. Hair and makeup should be a natural look.  Dresses must be knee length or longer, no high slits, no bare backs or mid-riffs. Stiletto heels are not permitted.

See what previous winners have accomplished during their reigns on the Honeyfest website.

The Lithopolis Honeyfest is the perfect way to end your summer! The educational value of the event in addition to the celebration of honey makes this festival inclusive for all age! Bring the whole family to this honey filled event and indulge in all the sweetness Honeyfest has to offer!

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