Falher Honey Festival stung by COVID

The Falher Honey Festival has been cancelled for the second straight year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Town of Falher enters the Honey Festival Parade each year with its float showing everyone that Falher is a “Honey of a Place to Bee”.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

For the second successive year, the Falher Honey Festival has been scrapped.

The festival committee called off the event at its annual general meeting April 15.

“A decision was made to cancel the 2021 Honey Festival with the hopes to hold the event in 2022,” says new president Cody Stout.

COVID-19 restrictions ban gatherings.

At the AGM, James Bell became the vice-president, Taylor Wolfe was elected secretary, and Paige Wolfe became the treasurer.

The honey festival is traditionally held the third weekend in June.

When the event was cancelled last year because of COVID-19, then-chair Ryan Roy said the honey festival has a good future.

He adds the festival is in a sound financial position after successful events in 2019 and 2018.

“The last two years of the honey festival have been an overwhelming success,” Roy said.

In 2019, the event coincided with the Town of Falher’s centennial and attracted more visitors to the town.

First held in July 1990, the festival was created to promote the honey industry and Falher as the Honey Capital of Canada.

Around 2005, the event moved to June when more people and volunteers are available than in the summer months.

The Falher Honey Festival attracts several hundred people to the downtown core where most activities are staged.

Over the years, the schedule has featured a parade, children’s bicycle parade, vehicle show-and-shine, barbecue dinner, shopping cart races, vendors’ and farmers’ markets, local talent show, special entertainment, pancake breakfast, bee beard demonstration, children’s games and activities, petting zoo, slow-pitch softball tournament, youth triathlon and a midnight swim.

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