West Virginia State Honey Festival set for this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be Aug. 25-26 at City Park.

The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12 years and free for ages 6 and under.

Now in its 38th year, the honey festival will feature a variety of activities, entertainments and displays. The focus is to promote the honey industry, as well as having crafts, entertainment and Henry Cooper Log Cabin tours, organizers said. The festival is in its fifth year as a fundraiser and program of the Wood County Recreation Commission.

The festival will feature crafts, a honey and wax show, honey and beeswax products, honey extraction and live beehive demonstrations, candle dipping and cooking demonstrations, historical presentations and live bee beards by Steve Conlon. The bee beard demonstrations will be 12;15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday in the pavilion.

Entertainers during the weekend will include Sydney Jo Sharp, Rob Campbell, Band of Brothers, Smith Family, Jody Haught-Harper, Amanda Emerick-Sams, Stallion and Makenna Hope.

There will be a West Virginia Honey Car Show by Pioneer Antique Auto Club. The 26th annual Antique Car and Truck Show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at City Park. The rain date is Sunday. Registration for the car show will be 9 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $10 for the show and admission to the Honey Festival. Cars will be judged about one hour after arrival. All cars and trucks are welcome, but only those from 1992 or older will be judged. Prizes will be awarded for Top 40, Best of Show, Best Original and Best Street Rod.

Honey Festival Queen and Honey Festival Princess pageant will be held. A first and second runner up as well as a photogenic winner will be awarded.

The new Princess, along with the 2017 WV Honey Princess Abbi Francisco will judge the car show and be attending remaining festivities Saturday and Sunday.