Honey Festival (Firestone, CO – August 28, 2010)

A Northern Colorado beekeeper shows me some of her bees. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer


When the National Honey Board moved its headquarters to Firestone, Colorado in 2007, the town came up with a sweet idea. They decided to hold an annual Honey Festival to celebrate bees and their vital importance to the agriculture economy of Colorado.

The 4th Annual Honey Festival will be Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Coal Ridge Middle School in Firestone. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates bees and honey. This is both an educational event as well as a fun festival for the entire family. Best of all it’s free.

Pete Ditmon, Community Resource Coordinator for the Town of Firestone, says the festival is getting bigger and better each year. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with demonstrations from Axis of Movement, a dance studio, Integrity Martial Arts, and Fusion Dance and Theater Company.

Music starts at 11 a.m. with the band Take Note. Music will continue throughout the day with Soho Band, Amber Waves and Brad Lee Schroeder. Schroeder is a country western musician from Denver who performed at the opening ceremonies at Coors Field, and recently performed at Cheyenne Days.

The Mayor of HeidiTown poses in a bee keeping suit. The Mayor had the pleasure of going on several bee swarm calls with Northern Colorado beekeeper Beth Conrey. Swarm and Hive Removal Hotline 970-213-3099

The Northern Colorado Bee Keepers Association will be providing the educational part of this event with observation hives, as well as bee keepers available to answer all your bee questions. Learn about Colony Collapse Disorder and other issues facing our honeybees. Of course, honey and honey products will be for sale. Find the Northern Colorado Bee Keepers Association online at

There are several Honey Festival contests including a contest for Best Honey Chicken Wings. There are still openings for those who would like to enter this event. In addition, there will be a costume contest, including Best Honey Bee Costume, Cutest Costume, Best Dance or Trick and Best Bee-haved. For official contest rules go to or call (303) 833-3291 ext 264.

Most of the festival takes place inside Coal Ridge Middle School, but there are outside activities as well. The Union Pacific mini-train will be set up for the event and for children there will be pony rides, wagon rides, petting zoo, and games. Food and merchandise will be available throughout the event, so Ditmon encourages families to come and stay for the day.

The Honey Festival is a free event, and takes place on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can visit Firestone online at To learn more about the National Honey Board, go to

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