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West Virginia State Honey Festival all the buzz this weekend

Steve Conlon of Thistledew Farm of Proctor, W.Va., did the bee beard demonstration during last year’s West Virginia State Honey Festival at City Park in Parkersburg. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at City Park.

The festival will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-13 years and free for ages 6 and under.

Now in its 39th 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 sixth year as a fundraiser and program of the Wood County Recreation Commission.

The festival will feature music, 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.

There will be a West Virginia Honey Car Show by Pioneer Antique Auto Club. The 27th 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.

The West Virginia State Honey Festival Pageant was held Aug. 10.

In a new addition to this year’s event, there will also be a West Virginia State Honey Festival Tiny Tot Pageant at 10 a.m. Saturday at City Park during the festival. Registration is 9-9:45 a.m. with a $15 fee per contestant. Attire is Sunday best. The age groups are: Boys age 0-1; Girls age 0-1; Boys age 2; Girls age 2; Boys age 3; Girls age 3; Boys age 4; and Girls age 4.

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