The first-ever Queen Bee Festival will take place in Orland this weekend.

Friday, June 21, night is a kickoff fundraiser event with a sneak peek into a portion of the new Honeybee Discovery Center’s beekeeping exhibits at its new administrative office at 501 Walker St., Olrand, according to a press release. 

A honey-spirits bar and area chef creations will be served.

Tickets cost $75 and are available at Bees to Blooms and at Orland City Hall. 

Saturday’s festivities will include bee and honey-oriented booths, food trucks and craft vendors, bee beard demonstrations, activities for children, live music and historical bee museum exhibits. 

Saturday’s event will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Orland on Walker Street near Fifth Street and is free to attend.

There will be free parking within walking distance, according to the press release.

The Orland Bee City Committee, which recently teamed up with a regional group of bee industry volunteers who have been planning for the bee museum, is organizing the event with sponsorship from the city of Orland and local bee industry donors.

“It’s been 10 years in the making – we are now opening administrative offices and the first of its kind beekeeping exhibit,” said Terrie Barr, event organizer, in the press release. “The entire beekeeping community is excited to see recognition for their importance in maintaining our food supply and the environment.”

Proceeds from Friday’s fundraiser event support the planned Honeybee Discovery Center, a program of the Butte Agricultural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and increasing agriculture education and awareness.

Orland joined Bee City USA in 2017 and proclaimed itself “Queen Bee Capital of North America” with data in county crop reports to back up the claim, according to the press release. More queen bees are produced in the Orland area of Glenn County, and shipped out across the country and throughout the world, than any other place – at least in North America.

“Bee City USA members strive to educate the public about the plight of bees and other pollinators, encouraging agricultural and landscaping practices to promote pollinator health,” it was stated in the press release.

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