BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Join the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Raleigh County Beekeepers Cooperative Association for their 2nd Annual “Beckley Honey Festival”, Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. It will be a fun day filled with honey bee products, activities, vendors, and great information. Visitors can learn how to raise bees, taste and purchase local honey, see live honey bee demonstrations, visit informational display tents, and participate in great activities for the entire family! Special children’s activities will take place at the Youth Museum such as bee dissections and bee crafts.
Parks and Recreation Director for Beckley, Leslie Gray Baker says, “It is such a pleasure to be working with the Raleigh County Beekeepers Association to bring an event like this to Beckley again. It was our first year in 2017 and we couldn’t have been happier at the overwhelming response. Everyone loved all of the activities and really appreciated the opportunity to purchase locally sourced honey and learn about beekeeping and the importance of honeybees. From the underground tour to the exhibits at the Youth Museum, our site is all about educating people in a unique way. Most of the time we educate about our Appalachian Coal heritage. But from now on, the third Saturday will be all about honey and the honeybee.”
“The broader public needs to be more aware of the myriad of issues that confront bees and how truly important they are to the agriculture industry worldwide. Anybody that really wants to learn about bees and beekeeping needs to come because the Raleigh County Beekeepers Cooperative Association can tell them everything they need to know. These guys are just great to work with, they have so much knowledge. Then it gets even better, there will be local honey vendors from all over Raleigh County selling their honey…how sweet is that,” adds Baker.
Music will be provided by the Long Point String Band throughout the day. There will also be specialty vendors and food vendors selling hot dogs, smoked pork, roasted corn on the cob, kettle corn, drinks and honey fudge. Exhibition Coal Mine tours will be available all day as well for the special admission rate of $10 per person.
The Beckley Honey Festival will take place at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. The Mine is located at 513 Ewart adjacent to New River Park. Museum hours are daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. For more information, call 304-256-1747.