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Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley will be a Honey Judge at the 2019 Tennessee Honey Festival on Sept. 7. Whitley, who has been a beekeeper for many years, is shown here in his beekeeper gear.

Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley has agreed to be a Honey Judge at the 2019 Tennessee Honey Festival.

Whitley, who has been a beekeeper for many years, will be one of three judges.

“We’re very honored to have such a distinguished judge to determine our best honey in Tennessee,” said Erica Brister, President and CEO of U.S. Pest Protection, the creator of the event. “I knew that Mr. Whitley was a local beekeeper himself and I am honored of his decision to have accepted the invitation to be a honey judge at our festival.”

The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept 7 at Hendersonville Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last September, during the inaugural Tennessee Honey Festival, more than 10,000 people attended, according to organizers.

The free event that will spotlight state apiary leaders, honey industry leaders, beekeeping enthusiasts, a local honey contest, as well as live entertainment and interactive art stations.

There will be tastings of local and regional honey and honey will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors. Entertainment will include live stage music acts, specialty crafts, face painting and other art activities

See the Tennessee Honey Festival Facebook Page for more information.

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