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Honeybee Festival coming to Environmental and Heritage Center

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is celebrating its fourth annual Honeybee Festival on Saturday, an event that coincides with the Georgia Beekeepers Association Convention. (Special Photo)

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is celebrating its fourth annual Honeybee Festival on Saturday, an event that coincides with the Georgia Beekeepers Association Convention. (Special Photo)

BUFORD — The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is paying tribute to a small but important insect this weekend.

According to a news release announcing the fourth annual Honeybee Festival this Saturday, honeybees are the top pollinators of crops in the United States, a big job for the small insects. A role that GEHC wants to highlight through a variety of activities for kids and adults, including games, crafts, honey samples, cooking demonstrations with honey, story time and a costume contest.

A number of beekeepers and vendors will also be on hand to discuss their craft and sell their local honey and beeswax products.

The festival coincides with the annual Georgia Beekeepers Association Convention, which is also being held at GEHC. The Georgia Beekeepers will offer special introduction to beekeeping classes for GEHC guests at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. In addition, guests will be able to view the annual honey show, which features unique items related to honey and the honeybee.

Admission to the Honeybee Festival is $5 for those 13 and older and $3 for children ages three to 12. Children two and younger and GEHC members are admitted for free. Guests may also join other programs and activities related to the Georgia Beekeepers Convention for an additional fee.

For more information on the Honeybee Festival, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.