WESTMORELAND - Thousands of Imperial Valley residents were in Westmoreland earlier on Saturday morning as the city hosted its annual Honey Festival and 5k Honey Run.
It was the 8th year that the City of Westmoreland had hosted the Honey Festival and according to those that have attended the event every single time, it is getting bigger and bigger every year.
Zumba Dancing was just one of the more popular activities on Saturday morning as the 8th Annual Honey Festival took place at Westmoreland's City Park and Youth Center.
There were plenty of vendors selling everything from Honey Festival T-Shirts and colorful decorated hats to accessories and gooses, yes toy gooses.
There were all kinds of delicious food available for those that attended.
And ah yes there was plenty of honey sold at the event. Bottles, Jugs and cases of the many types of honey were on display for people to taste and to purchase.
This was Matt Dudley's first time at the Honey Festival.
"We're really excited to be a part of it", he says. "We love the community aspect of it being able to be here with the whole town and just really seeing everybody come together and have a good time, a lot of fun".
Unlike Matt, Victor Sanchez Jr. has been a part of the event all 8 years. He has seen many new faces throughout those 8 years.
"More vendors", he says "Different people from different areas coming in. We got people all the way from Canada because of the snowbirds being here. We have people from L.A. From all parts of the world coming here".
Also included in the day's festivities was a 5K run. It was the 3rd Annual Honey Run and like last year, Arturo came in wit the fastest time. He has a special reason to try to finish in 1st Place.
Arturo says, "Last year I won this, my mom was in the hospital so I won for her. And this year I wanted to win it for her again. I did".
Brawley residents Lourdes and randy Lerma attended The Honey Festival for the first time this year. They say that the events in The Imperial Valley are all memorable.
"I think it's a great event", says Lourdes. "The weather is beautiful. We all get together, every little town here has something every week so I think it's great".
There was plenty of activities and games for the kids with jumpers, games and a playground.
For sisters Kaitrin and Kassidy, having family visiting during the event made it that much more special.
"It's really special. My great Uncle and Aunt came down from Washington. It's happy because they get to be here and see us dance".
The festivities continued into the afternoon with dancing, dancing and more dancing.
And with that, another Honey Festival is in the books as family, friends and Imperial Valley visitors got to enjoy delicious food, live music and a whole lot of honey.
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