Great Plains Beekeepers - Bee Fest


Bee Fest is a one day eductional event to inform the community about beekeeping and the honey bee. For those that are new to beekeeping, we will be discussing how to get started and what to do after you get bees. Discussions about current issues in beekeeping will be available for those that are wanting to expand their beekeeping knowledge. There will be hive inspections, a swarm demonstration, and hands on activities for the kiddos; weather permitting.

This year, our guest speaker is Greg Hannaford. He has been keeping bees since the 1990s and is now keeping about 400 hives with his wife Shelly. Greg serves the American Beekeeping Federation as the Chairman of the education committee.

Please bring your own protective equipment for the look in the hives. Children under 6 should be with a guardian at all times.


The Bee Fest is scheduled to be held on September 30, 2017.

The day will start at 8:00 AM with registration, drinks, and time to chat with fellow beekeepers. Greg Swob will start the event off at 9:00 AM with announcements and a welcome. Lunch will be at 12:00 PM followed by hive inspections at 1:00 PM. The event will be wrapped up at 4:00 PM with closing remarks. For more information view the schedule below.


The 2017 Bee Fest is going to be hosted at the Newton Saint Mary's School. Use the map below to obtain directions.


Registration includes a meal, snacks, and beverages. Registration prices are below along with the ability to registar online via PayPal.

Registration TimeAdultCoupleUnder 15Under 6
Through September 20$30.00$50.00$15.00$5.00
After September 20$40.00$65.00$15.00$5.00

Bee fest 2017 is now over. Stay tuned for information about the next beefest.

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Great Plains Beekeepers
PO Box 96
Whitewater, KS 67154