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Save the Bees Day at OTFM!

Join us in celebrating Wichita’s first "Save the Bees" Day. This Saturday is National Honey Bee Day and with the help of the good people at Beesponsible, the City of Wichita- Government has proclaimed Saturday, August 18th as Save the Bees Day. At 9am, take part in the official reading of the proclamation with City Council Member, Cindy Claycomb and Beesponsible’s own Jessica Cummings. 

At #otfmwichita, we take this opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations.

Find a host of activities surrounding the AMAZING HONEY BEE! 
- 9am - “Save the Bees” Proclamation unveiled at OTFM
- “Save the Bees” pledge sticker banner – each personal pledge for the bees gets a free swag bag
- Kids station with FREE pencils, coloring sheets, bracelets and temporary tattoos
First 25 customers get free Bees & Love t-shirt! 

Juniper Clay canning company educational tent
- Spin your own honey! Learn about the process of honey extraction and sample various flavors. 
- See an actual hive! Touch and learn about all the equipment beekeepers use in the process. 
- Wes Wolken with W.W. Bee Ranch will be on-site to answer all your beekeeping questions. Wes has hives throughout the area including area farms such as Orie's Farm Fresh. His hives are at Sedgwick County Zoowhere he’s focused on a conservation project in support of the world’s most important pollinator. You can also find Wes teaching beekeeping classes through the City of Wichita Park & Recreation Department. 

Enter the National Farmers Market Coalition’s Instagram Contest and JOIN US in spreading the word about all things amazing at #otfmWichita. 
- Farmers Market Coalition will award fun prizes (and bragging rights) to the photographers AND markets featured in the winning photos. 
- OTFM will award Market T-Shirts to the lucky five (5) WINNERS of the creative photo contest. Winners will be announced in September.

To enter:
1. Take a photo of yourself, a farmer, shopper, puppy, baby, fruit/veggie – anyone or anything! – wearing a I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS temporary tattoo. (Get them at the Market’s Information Booth)
2. Post the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #LoveMyMarket and #OTFMWichita.
Contest is open now, and the entry deadline is September 2, 2018.

10-Noon Live music featuring Jesse Friesen
As a child, Jesse began playing the banjo for tips on the sidewalk at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper. At age 19, he joined the Prairie Rose Rangers as the guitar player and lead vocalist. He recorded three albums of folk music under the band name of Geneva Sky. Jesse was the only band member and played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocals. In 2012, he formed a group called Green Flamingos to perform what they call “acoustified rock and pseudo-electric folk.”

Earlier Event: August 11
National Farmers Market Week at OTFM
Later Event: August 25
OTFM @ Farm & Art Plaza