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Greenfield Bee Fest: A Sweet Celebration of Nature's Pollinators

greenfield bee fest, beekeepingGet ready to buzz on over to Greenfield's annual Bee Fest on Saturday, May 18th, 2024! This beloved event is all about celebrating the hardworking honeybees and other pollinators that keep our ecosystem thriving.  

The Bee Fest is the perfect way to spend a spring day learning about these amazing insects in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. From cool exhibits and live demos to tasty honey samplings and a lively marketplace, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Honoring the Father of Modern Beekeeping

The Greenfield Bee Fest has its roots in honoring the pioneering work of Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, known as the "father of modern beekeeping." In the 1850s, Langstroth made a groundbreaking discovery about the natural spacing between honeycombs in beehives. He then designed a movable comb hive that revolutionized the beekeeping industry worldwide - and it all started right here in Greenfield.

The Second Congregational Church started Bee Fest in 2010 to celebrate Langstroth's 200th birthday. Each year, the festival celebrates Langstroth's legacy and the impact his innovations had on promoting sustainable and efficient beekeeping practices. 


Events and Activities

One of the highlights is getting up-close and personal with the world of beekeeping. Friendly experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer all your buzzing questions about hives, pollination, and the challenges bees face today. The little ones can get in on the action too with kid-friendly activities like face painting, crafts, and even dressing up like a beekeeper!

Join the Pollinator's Parade while donning your best bee or flower costume. Get creative by painting decorative beehive boxes inspired by the Slovenian tradition. Test your skills in fun bee-themed games, and don't miss the chance to make your own flower crown. You can also admire the permanent bee sculptures downtown and learn about the art of beekeeping from seasoned professionals.


Sweet Treats Galore  

Of course, no bee festival would be complete without a celebration of that liquid gold we all love – honey! Get ready to indulge in a variety of delicious honey tastings, each with its own unique flavor from different floral sources. Local beekeepers and honey producers will be selling their artisanal goods, so you can take a taste of the festival home with you.

The Greenfield Bee Fest is more than just a fun day out – it's a way to support local beekeepers and raise awareness about these vital pollinators. The festival is on from 9 am to 12:30 pm with events happening on the front lawn of Second Congregational Church, Court square, the farmers market, and throughout downtown Greenfield. Admission is free. 

More information at greenfieldbeefest.org.


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