The mission of the fifth annual Bees, Blooms and Bluegrass Festival is to educate, entertain and engage the community awareness of our heritage and resources. Festival events promote the education of the public using an entertaining festival atmosphere while also promoting tourism, entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture. Extension educators, community leaders, master gardeners and other volunteers and state employees conduct workshops, lead guided tours of the historical courthouse and grounds. Come out for a full day of entertainment, eating, and shopping with local talent, local foods and local crafts!
Educational fun workshops in 2015 included: programs by local gardeners—pollination, mason bees and gardening 101; local and state representatives presented-getting started in bee keeping, processing and selling honey, growing shitake mushrooms, making herbal honey, and a straw bale garden demonstration. Families had hands on involvement in a colonial tea, farm animal petting display, traditional music entertainment and dancing, demonstration on weaving loom, heritage games, storytelling and a civil war encampment.
This local, continually developing program is a collaborative effort of the Russell County Extension Office, the Russell County Tourism Committee, and the Historical Society of Russell County.