By Judy La Russa

With the lovely to semi-tolerable weather, the Palo Cedro Community Park sponsored another quality Honey Bee Festival this weekend at the Bishop Quinn Community Center. The 37th annual event drew large crowds that dispersed throughout the strategic maze of exceptional quality items for sale, informative businesses and non-profit booths to the wide delectable food selection.

The place Emilie Reedy would always park when she needed a break, was set up in her honor. We know she was there in spirit.

Being the first year without long-time organizer Emilie Reedy was melancholy but, new HB top dog Gail Batdorf did an amazing job opening up the layout of the event, giving it a great flow and providing new activities. 

The Honey Bee Festival had a diversity of things to do for all ages with some of the traditional mainstay Honey Bee events—the Nor Cal Antique Tractor & Engine Club on parade; bee-ing educated on beekeeping at the informative bee booth; local entertainment of singing and dancing; the Safari Club Sensory Wildlife on display; and a crowd pleaser— the famous bee beard that was performed on Saturday by beekeeper Josh Sullivan and Sunday by beekeeper Daren Wooters.   A video is available on


Belle poses with a little fan.

Some of the newer things to do was a visit from storybook and movie characters from Alice in Wonderland to Princess Leia. The young ladies thrilled youngsters who came in costume to promote a fundraiser—A Royal Tea Party hosted by the Shasta Lake Youth Leadership. (see posting for the event.)  And, Laser Recon that was set up in the center’s gym. Laser Recon offer a unique laser tag guns (with sound and lights) and kids would interact with a range of props set up.  For more information or to book a Laser Recon party go to their website:



American Honey Queen Maia Jaycox

Gracing Shasta County this year was the 2017  American Honey Queen Maia Jaycox of Webster City, Iowa. The Queen spent a couple of weeks visiting local students and the 37th annual event.  Maia is a sophomore at Iowa State University, in the open option program with an interest in biology.  She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Iowa State.  Maia began beekeeping with her family about four years ago and currently tends to seven hives of bees.  In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, painting, and sewing.

The next fundraiser for the park will be on Sept. 22, 2017, with Paella in the Park. The committee will be teaming up with Redding Sunrise and Redding East Rotary Clubs members to serve paella. And, as a perfect complement, they will also be selling cold beer and sangria from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funds raised will be going towards the building of an amphitheater. Be sure to buy your pre-sale tickets for this fun event at $25 per person on their website—