Hobby Day

The 11th annual Hobby Day and Honeybee Festival at Olivarez Honey Bees will feature several speakers who will share their beekeeping knowledge with attendees.

The 11th annual Hobby Day and Honeybee Festival is set for Saturday at Olivarez Honey Bees.

The event is meant to educate people on bees as well as provide fun activities for the family.

“We would be able to teach people about honeybees, the industry and how to take care of our pollinators and support our environment,” said Terrie Salvagno-Barr, event coordinator.

Salvagno-Barr said there will be speakers giving presentations on beekeeping, educational exhibits for both adults and children, some will be there to speak about Orland’s branding as Queen Bee Capital of North America.

Bee City USA – a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the role of pollinators – recognized Orland as the Queen Bee Capital of North America – the city produces more queen bees than any other U.S. city, according to Glenn County Transcript archives.

Salvagno-Barr said people will also be speaking about the future Honeybee Discovery Center. 

The project aims to educate the public on honeybees and beekeeping along with support local beekeepers.

Other speakers at the event will include people from the beekeeping industry – such as Kim Flutton, Randy Oliver and Larry Connor. 

During the Hobby Day and Honeybee Festival, Salvagno-Barr said there will also be a variety of food vendors – such as food trucks – along with local producers offering samples. 

As for activities, there will be games such as Frisbee golf and a bounce house – along with live music.

She said there will also be cooking demonstrations, honey tastings and a canine demonstration from the local K-9 unit.

For those who pre-order packaged bees, the package includes a queen and three pounds of bees which is good for starting a hive, Salvagno-Barr said.

Last year, Salvagno-Barr said there were about 2,000 people in attendance.

The outdoor event will take place rain or shine, but there will be tents so people can stay dry if it rains.

Hobby Day will take place Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Olivarez Honey Bees, 6398 County Road 20, Orland. 

Admission is $5 for adults and children 11 and under can attend for free.

Admission proceeds benefit local organizations such as Laws and Paws and Orland Town and Country Humane Society.

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