Honeybee Fest Returns to McCloud Nature Park

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation and the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County will host the second annual Honeybee Fest at McCloud Nature Park on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

This free family-friendly festival celebrates the remarkable honeybee – a vital but disappearing pollinator that is credited with pollinating nearly 80 percent of U.S. crops at a monetary value of over $15 billion annually.

Central to this year’s Honeybee Fest is the new Bee House at McCloud Nature Park, a conservation effort and educational exhibit that opened to the public in July. The Bee House is home to between 60,000 and 80,000 honeybees and is a live hive that is observable through windows on each side of the structure.

In addition to the winged guests of honor within the Bee House, the Honeybee Fest will feature information about beekeeping basics provided by local beekeepers and bee experts, bee-themed crafts, face painting, yard games hosted by Brownsburg Parks & Recreation, and the opportunity to taste and judge local honey.

Educational booths will be provided by the Hendricks County 4-H Bee Club, the Indiana Native Plant and Wildlife Society (INPAWS), Cardno, and local beekeeper Terry Plank, who provided the honeybees that now reside in the Bee House.

Vendors will be selling local honey and honey products, and Orange Leaf will have cups of frozen yogurt available for cash-only purchase.

All vendors at the Honeybee Fest will donate a portion of their sales to the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County to be used toward maintenance of the Bee House. Freewill donations from festival-goers will also be accepted for the same purpose.

Information about the Honeybee Fest can be found by clicking here.