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Oh Honey! Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Second Annual Honeybee Festival

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It may be small but the honeybee arguably plays a huge role in the production of the foods Americans serve on their kitchen tables.# Honeybees are the top pollinators of crops in the United States and are responsible for 80 percent of insect-pollinated crops.

In recognition of its vital function in the food cycle, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) will hold its second annual Honeybee Festival on Sat., Sept. 24, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

“We owe thanks to the honeybee for so many of our favorite foods, including apples, blueberries, cucumbers, watermelons, broccoli, cantaloupe, coffee, and almonds to name a few,”# said Jason West, director of development for the GEHC. “This festival is a great way to appreciate the honeybee”s important job and to learn a little about its bounty.”#

The Honeybee Festival will feature numerous activities for families.# There will be bee games, crafts, honey samples, story time, and a children”s bee costume contest.# A number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss beekeeping and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products. Beekeeper Dan Harris of Boogerhill Farms will speak on backyard beekeeping and discuss threats to the honeybee population.

The Honeybee Festival will take place at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.## Admittance to the festival is included in the price of admission to the Center.# GEHC members are admitted free.

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy time as a family and to learn about one of our favorite and most valuable insects,”# added West.

For additional information on the Honeybee Festival and the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.