it’s the hon fest, hon!

This weekend, in Baltimore, is the annual ‘Honfest’.  The festival is said to be a celebration of the working women of Baltimore.  But mostly, it’s just a fun, dress up party.

A couple of 'Bawmer Hons'. Photo courtesy of Jaime Windon @

The festival has lots of ‘hons’ attending and is a big deal on The Avenue in Hampden.  It has also turn into one of the biggest controversies in Hampden.

Last year, the owner of the Cafe Hon trademarked the word ‘hon’ and every kind of play on the word that you can think of.  How in the world can you trademark such a common word?  Everyone in Baltimore was upset about that.  ‘Hon’ is a such a typical Baltimore term of endearment!  Everyone calls everyone ‘hon’.

This year, since she is the person that founded and runs the festival, she has instituted new rules for the festival.  Other merchants are not allowed to sell cats eye glasses, a staple of the ‘hon’ wardrobe.

The are not allowed to sell anything with the word ‘hon’ on it.  No designer knock-off clothes or handbags.  No weapons of any kinds, so I guess knife vendors will be out of luck.  And, believe it or not, nothing in aerosol cans.

Now, this is cause for concern.  Hons use tons of hairspray, real aerosol hairspray, to keep those beehive hairdos in place.  There is even a beehive tent.  How can they do beehives with no hairspray?

The person that runs the festival also prohibited anything political or religious.  I can understand no political or religious booths, but you cannot stop a candidate from shaking hands and giving out literature, or a religious person from proselytising on the street.  It’s a public street and is protected by the First Amendment – freedom of speech.

Protesting the trademark of the word 'Hon'. Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna

I am sure there will be protesters at the festival, as there were when the news of the trademark broke.  I am sure there will be politicians, and prohibited items being sold.  I’m sure there will be lots of fun.  And I’m sure the controversy will eventually die down.

At least until the next ‘Hon’ fiasco!

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6 Responses to it’s the hon fest, hon!

  1. Jo Bryant says:

    Would not have thought you could trademark a word like that. 🙂

    • Seashell says:

      I didn’t either and neither did most other people from Baltimore. I know there are some laywers checking into the issue, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sounds like great fun! Love the idea of the hairdos and fun glasses
    I am not surprised about the trademark Hello Magazine have done the same. with “Hello” apparently. Someone wanted to prodcue a little magazine called Hello Portugal and an injunction was put on it.
    Don’t think it should be allowed with a commen name like Hello…same as Hon…it’s alwmost like they are “owning” our language…what gives them the right?
    Bah humbug!

  3. melsar93 says:

    Even if they loose the lawsuit they got a lot of publicity for this. Don’t you think, hon?

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