As the home of the Kelley Beekeeping Co. and the Honeyfest Community Celebration, Clarkson is a buzz on events such as Bee Awareness Day. Mayor Bonnie Henderson issued a proclamation declaring the celebration official on August 21.
“Clarkson is a certified Bee City USA and they love their cities to recognize days like this,” said Scotty Gore, city clerk-treasurer.
The proclamation describes the essential role bees play in pollination, making them essential in the production of more than 90 food crops. The economic impact on agriculture can run into the billions.
“The honey bee works with other bees in the colony as a unique and vibrant living organism that helps maintain healthy ecosystems,” the proclamation reads.
The city is also preparing its bee-themed celebration scheduled for September 22-25.
The Clarkson City Commission on Monday approved the purchase of 12 new 30-inch by 6-inch Honeyfest banners for telephone poles in the middle of town to hang each year for Honeyfest.
“They will be hung with the Honeyfest flags and other decorations that we have every year,” Gore said.
Gore said the cost for the 12 banners and brackets will be $ 2,100 plus shipping. They will be purchased from Temple Display.