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Tour de Hives

Come Celebrate National Honey Bee Day - Saturday, August 18, 2018

The 6th Annual Tour de Hives is a public event hosted by the Bee Friendly Foundation & the Hays County Beekeepers Association!

Calling all ARTISTS!

We want to FEATURE YOU at this year's 6th Annual Tour de Hives event! We are going to put a little different 'spin' on the event by having a PUBLIC ART COMPETITION! We are giving you LOTS of advance notice so you can take your time and really do it BIG! You will PAINT/DESIGN/ETC a beehive, it will be entered into the competition, which will feature an ART WALK TOUR! There WILL be prizes, fame, and recognition for the winners!!! 🙂

How do I ENTER the ART HIVE Competition???
STEP 3 - REGISTER the Artist here <------ this is a google doc
STEP 4 - Pick up the bee box at Bee Friendly Austin Apiary
STEP 5 - Paint exterior surfaces of the bee box
STEP 6 - Return painted box to Bee Friendly Austin Apiary by FRIDAY August 17th.
How to pick up box:
  • Contact Chuck at Bee Friendly Austin to arrange -  call or text - 512-560-5575

Everyone who attends the event will receive 3 Tickets (VOTES) which they will use to VOTE on their favorite ART HIVE. They can put all the tix on just 1 hive, or split them up, however they decide to vote. After the voting is completed, all hives will be raffled in a silent auction with proceeds going to fund bee education and research in Texas!

There will also be plenty of activities happening throughout the day as well. We will have guest speakers presenting on various bee helpful topics all day long in our air-conditioned classroom! Live bees everywhere, this is a working apiary! Honey & Mead tasting! Vendors with fun hive related things for sale! A silent auction and raffles. Honey Queens and Princesses to meet and so much more!

More details coming soon! The 6th Annual Tour de Hives will be Saturday, August 18th, 2018 on National Honey Bee Day! Please RSVP to the event! 

Art Hive Voting - 3 entry categories:

Youth 10 - 18 years (Middle/High School)

Adults 19+ years

Professional Artists


All registered attendees receive 3 colored tickets for each group. Split them within the group or put all 3 in your favorite. Winner in each group determined by most votes
Voting ends at 4:30 pm 

We would like to thank and acknowledge all of our 2018 Sponsors: Bee Weaver Apiaries,  Mann Lake LTD , Healthy Hive Foundation, Me & the Bees Lemonade, Sonesta Bee CaveBee Friendly Austin Apiary Bee C Hive Stands, Technosetbee , SteelBees, Blissful Folly Farm, Barton Springs Nursery, Two Hives Honey, & Hays County Beekeepers Assn

This event is a yearly fundraiser with proceeds dedicated to helping bees, beekeepers, public education, and bee research. Please make checks or donations payable to Bee Friendly Foundation. Bee Friendly Foundation was founded in 2013 and exists to increase public awareness of the value of bees, to promote the humane treatment of bees, to educate beekeepers, encourage good bee management practices and good relations between beekeepers and the public, and to support scientific education and research.  Bee Friendly Foundation is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping the honey bees, improving beekeeper education, and funding bee research.