HPA Award Nominations
It is time to think of deserving beekeepers and friends of the association that should receive one of the Awards that the IHPA presents at the Annual Meeting banquet. Please review the categories and submit your suggestions along with a short letter explaining why you feel that this candidate should receive an award. The categories that we usually present are as follows:
1. Pioneer Award- for having been involved for 50 years or more and still active in beekeeping.
2. Distinguished Service Award- for assisting other beekeepers, willing to share information, and /or serving the association.
3. Education Award- teaching beekeeping classes, speaking at service clubs, giving presentations to school children or speaking about beekeeping on radio or T.V.
4. Promotions Award- for promoting honey and beekeeping, promotions for the state association or promoting their own product.
5. Friendship Award- for being a friend of the association. This could be someone who has displayed at the annual IHPA trade show, a state official who has assisted or encouraged beekeeping, someone outside our industry of producing honey.
6. Youth Award- for a young person who has shown commendable involvement in such things as helping the the state fair, successfully keeping bees for at least one season including wintering, writing, making a float for a parade, speaking, etc.
If you would like to nominate someone, please send the information to us by the deadline of September 30th. :
34147 310th Street
Guttenberg, IA 52052
2956 170th Street
South Amana, IA 52234
Iowa Honey Queen
Oh July, the best month of the year if you ask me! Not only is there the 4th, where you get to celebrate the great country we live in, but you also get to eat all kinds of delicious BBQ, watch fireworks, and spend time with your family. July is also the best month for me as it is county fair season and the month my birthday lands in.
This year at county fair I will be exhibiting around 25 birds for the poultry show, some of my artwork, flowers, and with some luck and cooperation from the weather I will have some vegetables. Our county fair runs from July 16-22 and I cannot wait for it to get here.
June was another slow month for events. I had planned on a couple school visits, but with the kids being in a week later than usually the school’s decided they would just reschedule me for the fall because the students would be more cooperative then. It kind of makes you wish colleges also gave a couple days for us to wind down before summer, ha-ha.
Right now I am scheduled for the culinary event in July with Melanie and Donna, as well as a day at the organic supermarket, Wheatsfield, in Ames for Phil Ebert. Both events will be fun and hopefully I will have more events rolling in as the weather warms up.
Good luck to all the county fair exhibitors with your projects and good luck to everyone with their bees. Stay safe and stay warm, and don’t forget to get some fishing in between all your chores and events. Also keep me in mind when planning for farmer’s markets, county fairs, and other events! I am always excited to get out and promote the honey bees and our association.