The Honey was a ‘phenomenal success’, touts the committee chairperson, Geoff Turnquist.
“Everything was a sellout,” says Turnquist. “Everybody came together this year. Everyone wanted new and exciting things and we delivered.”
The Honey Festival kicked off in the evening of June 15 with a couple of events.
At the Centre Chevaliers, the ‘French Toast’ band and others performed for a large audience, singing songs in French. A dinner was held as well.
Also, lots of groups braved a gauntlet of water as part of a relay race in front of the New Horizon Co-op on Main Street.
They raced in teams and had to put on beekeeper outfits, match letters together at a table and then run a water gauntlet at the end of the block to pick up a stuffed bear dressed in a beekeeper outfit.
The Falher Regional Pool was also filled to capacity with swimmers for the midnight swim, with a lineup outside the gates at around 10:30 p.m.
The main events were held on June 16. That morning, councillors and staff for the municipality served a pancake breakfast in the Falher Regional Recreation Complex. Outside the FRRC, the 5K & 10K walk/run through the community was held.
At 10 a.m., the parade made its way through the residential areas, starting and ending in the Centre Chevaliers parking lot.
The RCMP and other first responders led the parade.
In the afternoon outside the FRRC, Fernando Sanchez held a bee beard demonstration with his son, Fernando Sanchez Junior, and a bikini bee demonstration with his daughter, Edith Sanchez.
The Show N Shine event was held in front of the New Horizon Co-op on Main Street. Just down the street, carnival rides like to Yo-Yo had the children screaming for more.
A vendors market was held in the Club Alouette, with food items, clothing and other items on sale.
In the evening, Professional Bull Riding PBR Canada held a competition in the FRRC.
Following the PBR event, Ariane and Trin opened for the TJ Ruckus Band in the Falher Curling Rink.
The Honey Festival concluded on June 17, with the championship game for the slow pitch tournament at the Falher Ball diamonds.