CBEF postpones annual Honeybee Festival/5K


ROBERTSDALE — Officials with the Central Baldwin Education Foundation have announced that the annual Honeybee Festival and 5K, scheduled for Oct. 24 at Robertsdale’s Honeybee Park, has been postponed.

For the last eight years, the festival has served as a fundraiser for the Central Baldwin Education Foundation, which started the Honeybee 5K and 1-mile run/walk two years before.

Traditionally held the first Saturday in October, the festival was rescheduled following the threat of a storm in 2017 to coincide with Robertsdale’s Christmas Parade, which is held the first Saturday in December.

The 2018 festival was moved to the gym at Robertsdale High School because of the threat of severe weather. Last year’s festival was the first in the newly renovated and reopened Honeybee Park.

CBEF representative Katina Hubbard said Honeybee Festival committee members are set to meet Oct. 27 to decide on a date for the festival. Registration deadlines for the Honeybee 5K and fun run will also be decided at that time, Hubbard said.

“There’s just so much going on the first week of December that we have to compete with,” she said, “that we want to avoid having it then if at all possible.”

The annual festival features live entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors, including honey vendors, along with activities. In addition to regular vendors, school clubs will also have vendors set up and Little Miss Honeybee and her court will be featured during the festival.

The Central Baldwin Education Foundation was organized in 2008 to encourage academic excellence in the Central Baldwin area schools by providing funding which is not available through traditional local, state or federal sources.

The Foundation provides opportunities for teachers and staff to develop innovative projects through grants; to invest in programs and enrichment activities that have a positive impact on student success; to encourage a continued interest in and support of public education through a network of businesses, individual and community involvement; and to seek and cultivate funding sources for educational excellence.

CBEF serves the South Baldwin Center for Technology, Robertsdale High School, Central Baldwin Middle School and five feeder elementary schools, including Elsanor, Rosinton, Loxley, Silverhill and Robertsdale.