WILTON, Conn. -- Beekeeper Patty Heyl couldn't help but share her enthusiasm for bees whenever someone stopped by her tent at Saturday's fourth annual Wilton Street Fair + Sidewalk Sale.
"It's a wonderful hobby, and you learn so much about bees and what bees do for the environment," said Heyl, a Redding of resident. "It's a very complex society that they have, the social structure, it's fascinating; bees are absolutely fascinating."
Heyl was one of many people participating in the sidewalk sale in Wilton Center.
She has been a beekeeper for about a half-dozen years and shared her passion for bees at the sidewalk sale in Wilton for three years.
"It's an opportunity to talk with people about bees and how important bees are and to share with them the wealth of everything we have because of bees," she said.
Currently, she has six hives that each have about 50,000 to 60,000 bees.
"It's incredible how complex bees are and their social structure," she said.
At the Kempo Academy of Martial Arts tent, senseis Erika Grieco and Shannon Davis were encouraging children to break in half a block they were holding as they sought to introduce newcomers to martial arts.
Grieco said participating in the sidewalk sale is a key way to promote their business.
"It's very important. It's one of the main ways we get students in the door to try us out," she said.
Wilton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janeen Leppert said the event has become an integral part of the community during the summer.
"It's a great family event and it is a great event for the Wilton community," Leppert said.
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