The place to bee: Palisade International Honeybee Festival

PALISADE, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- The plaza in Palisade was abuzz Saturday.

On the surface, it looked like a simple celebration of the area's agricultural roots, and springtime bounty. But, founding organizer Jean Tally said, there's more to it than that.

Amid the artisans and horse-drawn carriages, live music and honey tasting, she handed out information about honey bees.

“This is about protecting our pollinators," Tally said, "There is an international crisis with colony collapse. That's due to a lot of different factors."

She said she hopes people walk away from the festival feeling empowered to do their part in preserving bee populations.

Tally recommends folks start by planting bee-friendly flowers and reducing pesticide use.

"Let's do it for the bees!" she said.