If anyone is wondering what all the buzz is about, it’s the 36th Annual Hahira Honey Bee Festival. Each year the beautiful town of Hahira in Lowndes County, Georgia prepares for the Honey Bee Festival held the first full week in October.
The Honey Bee Festival pays tribute to years gone by when Hahira was considered the Queen Bee Capital of the World for its production of honey bees. The town, which is still a farming community, now celebrates the honeybee for its historical significance to Hahira and its contribution to the nation’s food supply.
Begun in 1981, the Honey Bee Festival is a 6-day annual event held during the first week of October in downtown Hahira. This year the event is being held from October 2nd to 7th, 2017.
The festival kicks off with a breakfast Monday, October 2nd from 7 – 9 AM at the Community Center. A senior walk is scheduled for 8-10 AM Tuesday, October 3rd, starting at the Community Center, Randall Street. The weekend events kick off 9 AM – 6 PM. Friday, October 6th, with the arts and crafts show and food.
Arts and crafts continue from 9 AM – 6 PM Saturday, Oct. 7th, along with day-long entertainment on the stage behind the caboose; the Century Bike Ride, 8 AM; 5K run, 8 AM.; Kids Zone, with pony rides, Human Hamster Water Experience, the Climbing Wall, etc.
At noon on Saturday, Oct. 7th, the Honey Bee Festival presents its famous parade, which has earned the reputation of one of the largest parades in South Georgia. This year the parade will lead off with the Moody Air Force Band Honor Guard and the Grand Marshall and Honored Citizen leading the procession of Lowndes High GA. Bridgmen Band, local Queens, city, county & state officials, floats, and lots of Shriners. The parade sees thousands of locals and visitors lining Hahira’s downtown streets.
Visit www.hahirahoneybeefestivalinc.com; for the parade, call (229) 794-1425 or (229) 563-1318; general info, call (229) 794-3097.