This year’s Honey Bee Festival was another unqualified success according to organizer Emilie Reedy, though she was not yet able to give a final total of the funds raised for the Palo Cedro Park. The main income for the event comes from the arts and crafts vendors, most of whom pay $120 for the weekend for their booth space. (Non-profit food vendors pay less). This year 100 vendors set up their displays on the lawn along the sidewalks of the school campus.
Reedy estimated that 3900 shoppers attended the event on Saturday and another 3000 came in on Sunday. Students from Mercy High School’s sports programs parked 1300 cars the first day and 1000 the second.
As shoppers browsed among the many colorful booths offering a wide variety of wares, they were treated to performances by many of the area’s top up-and-coming musicians. At lunch time they could choose from many tasty alternatives such as tamales, Indian tacos, tri-tip or pulled pork sandwiches or barbecued hamburgers. For dessert there was apple cobbler, pie or cookies.
New at this year’s festival was a cooling tent with a mister supplied by the Palo Cedro Park Board of Directors, containing decorative benches donated by Axner’s. With temperatures in the high 90s both days, lots of folks took advantage of the opportunity to cool off for a few minutes or longer.
The Park Board’s booth at the front of the grounds also saw a makeover this year with a beautiful back-drop showing the park’s elegant front gate. And this year the Park sponsored a disc tossing contest that drew a lot of competitors. They set up a disc golf basket in front of their booth and gave passers by three chances to toss a disc into the basket. Anyone who did so, got a raffle ticket for a summer fun package. The contest was designed to promote the new disc golf course recently installed at the Palo Cedro Park, which is now open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
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