By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Many encouraging signs were seen during the Second Annual Honey Festival and Market, held June 25.
“Overall we thought it was a huge success,” said Amanda Hutchings of Harold’s Famous Bee Company, the festival’s sponsor. “Some estimates are that four to five thousand people braved the summer heat to spend the day in Ste. Genevieve. They enjoyed all the festival had to offer, spent their hard earned money at vendor booths, local shops, restaurants, etc.
“We hope they enjoyed our quaint little town, had lots of fun, and left with a greater understanding of honeybees and hopefully a desire to continue doing so.”
The large crowd checked out numerous vendors, including plenty of honey merchants. Demonstrations were given, such as transferring beehives. There was also live music and lots of food.
From all reports, they enjoyed themselves.
“We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” Hutchings said. “Many vendors were so kind to compliment the detailed organization of the event, the layout and itinerary of the festival, and the opportunity for some to be placed in the beautiful LeMeilleur gardens, thanks to The Centre for French Colonial Life. Many also complimented the location of the stage; we are beyond thankful to Pastor Craig (Reiter) and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church for allowing us the opportunity to use their new parking lot across from our store.”
Hutchings believes the festival is building up a loyal following.
“Nearly a week later and we are still receiving Facebook messages from visitors, thanking us for organizing the event, how much they enjoyed the day, and that they would definitely be back to see us next year,” she said.
She believes the festival will continue to draw people in and boost other businesses and attractions.