It's called "Bee Fest," and it is coming to Newton.
Hosted by the Great Plains Beekeepers, there will be a full day dedicated to bees Sept. 30 at St. Mary's School, 101 E 9th St.
Bee Fest is a one-day educational event to inform the community about beekeeping and the honey bee. For those that are new to beekeeping, there will be discussions of how to get started and what to do after you get bees. Discussions about current issues in beekeeping will be available for those that are wanting to expand their beekeeping knowledge. There will be hive inspections, a swarm demonstration and hands on activities for children — weather permitting.
This year the guest speaker is Greg Hannaford. He has been keeping bees since the 1990s and is now keeping about 400 hives with his wife Shelly. Greg serves the American Beekeeping Federation as the Chairman of the education committee.
The day will start at 8 a.m. with registration, drinks, and time to chat with fellow beekeepers. Greg Swob will start the event off at 9 a.m.with announcements and a welcome. Lunch will be at noon followed by hive inspections at 1 p.m. Please bring your own protective equipment for the look in the hives. Children under 6 should be with a guardian at all times.
The event will be wrapped up at 4 p.m. with closing remarks.
Early registration for the event, due Sept. 20, is $30 for adults, $50 for a couple, $15 for ages 7 to 15 and $5 for children under 6. Prices increase by $10 for adults and couples Sept. 21. To register, visit http://www.greatplainsbeekeepers.org/.