Gretchen reports it was congenial but poorly attended, presumably
because there are no local political races undecided that affect Hahira:
both County Commission Districts 2 and 5 are already done,
and there’s no county Chairman or Sheriff race, and no Hahira city races
The only Hahira City Council member there was Terry Benjamin,
although Police Chief Terry Davis and City Manager Jonathan Sumner were there,
plus Wayne Bullard, who according to
Hahira’s website is still Mayor.
This festival is not run by the City of Hahira, rather by
Hahira Honeybee Festival, Inc.,
registered agent Melba Locher of Shiloh Road,
Helen Petitjean Secretary,
Melba Locher CFO,
Carol Jacobs CEO,
according to the Georgia Secretary of State.
The Hahira Honeybee Festival was started in 1981 by Mamie Sorrell
and Adeline Landrum. These two ladies loved Hahira and had a vision
“to liven up city” with a weekend of Arts & crafts , Entertainment,
and a parade. The weekend festival has grown into a week long
extravaganza. The festival is now known as one of the best in the
Southeast. The parade is touted as the best in South Georgia. It has
been estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to Continue reading →
Here are some
pictures and videos from last year.
The food and festivities start early in the morning and continue all day,
with the parade in the middle.
They had about 35,000 people last year, more than a dozen times
the usual population of Hahira.
Hahira’s biggest event of the year, the Hahira Honeybee Festival,
filled up Main Street from the Middle School to Branch Street.
Last year reputedly drew 25,000 people; I’m no expert, but I’ll be surprised
if there weren’t at least as many this year.
You can tell by all the City Council candidates that there’s
an election going on.
See if you can spot the mayor.
(I didn’t, until I was revewing the pictures.)
My favorite is this one of
Charles Henry Hobrat.
Hahira Honeybee Festival, Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia, 8 October 2011.
Pictures and Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
The bees buzz in Hahira again this year.
I went to the breakfast Monday at O-dark-thirty.
Other events have already happened, but these are going on today:
Saturday Oct. 9th – 8 am until 6pm Arts & Crafts and Food Concessions. All
day we will have events like The 5k Run, Century Bike Ride, Dog Show,
Cloggers and other entertainment. There will also be a Kid’s Zone with
lots of inflatables, a train ride, live pony rides, mountain climb
Parade start time is 12:00 Noon. This is one of the largest parades in
South Georgia. We have one of the largest high school bands in Georgia
from Lowndes High School, The Georgia Bridgmen, Floats Of All kinds,
Local Queens, City Officials, Our Senior Citizen, State Officials,
and Lots and lots of Shriners and much more.