NEWTON — Beekeeping has become a favorite hobby and interest of many people throughout the state. As the public becomes more aware of the importance of this small insect to both our economy and food supply, appreciation of the honeybee has become much more prominent.

The Great Plains Beekeepers will be hosting their first annual “BeeFest” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the St. Mary’s School in Newton. This event is being planned for both new beekeepers as well as our more seasoned beekeepers.

The days’ events will include presentations on various aspects of beekeeping as well as a hive inspection and swarm demonstration. There will be honeybee related activities for the younger set as well. The guest speaker/bee expert will be Greg Hannaford from Oklahoma. Also, there will be vendors, an “All Things Bee” art show, a silent auction, and door prizes for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Anyone interested in our state insect, the honeybee, or the excitement of beekeeping is invited to come and enjoy the Great Plains BeeFest. People can register that morning. However, for a reduced entry fee, registration can be completed at http://greatplainsbeekeepers.org.