Annual Awards Nominations
Iowa Honey Producers send in your nominations for
the Annual Awards. The Annual Meeting is just around the corner
Nov. 12th and 13th. If you know someone who should be recognized
for an award please send your nominations to:
25711 L Ave.
Hubbard, IA. 50122
or e-mail email@example.com
We will not necessarily give all of these awards in any one year.
1. Pioneer Award - for having been involved for
50 years or more & still active in beekeeping.
2. Distinguished Service Award - for assisting
other beekeepers, willing to share information, and/or serving
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 of 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 at the state
fair, successfully keeping bees for at least one season including
wintering, writing, making a float for a parade, speaking, etc.
Submitted by Mark Tintjer
Clay County Fair Report
This is a short note of how the outcome of the
Clay County Fair. The first three days of the fair were nice and
we had a good crowd on Saturday and Sunday and sales were good.
Monday had good sales although slightly lower than either Saturday
or Sunday. The rain started Monday night and continued until Tuesday
night. Spencer and the surrounding communities received 6 to 8
inches of rain. The creeks and rivers were either bank full or
overflowing or rising. The little Sioux River that runs through
Spencer and right next to Leach Campground where I was camping
caused all of the campers in the lower level of the campground
to be moved out by Wednesday evening by dark. Thank goodness I
was on the upper level this year and didn’t have to move
Wednesday and Thursday it was cool and nice.
On Friday, about 9:30 in the morning it started to rain and it
rained steady until about 4 PM. It put another 3 ¾ inches
of rain on Spencer. The little Sioux River finally peaked at 15
feet on Saturday night and started to drop by Sunday morning.
I had lots of good help from the volunteers that have started
keeping bees in that part of Iowa. The sales were good for the
total fair considering the amount of rain and lack of fair visitors
on Tuesday and Friday. We didn’t do as good as last year
in sales, but the honey candy and honey stix went like hotcakes.
We had a good supply and variety of honey at the booth. We had
about 400 to 500 children come by our booth for “Agciting”
day activities on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Hopefully more of the local beekeepers will be
able to supply the honey for the Clay County Fair next year. A
special thanks to Jim and Sandy Strachan for helping to set up
the booth this year and all of the before scenes work they did.
I also want to thank them and Larry and Marlene Boernson and family
for helping to take the booth down and to pack up things after
the fair. Kevin Berkland offered the use of a couple of the posters
that he had made and used in his 4-H project and they added a
lot to the booth this year. Thanks, Kevin. I will try to give
a full report later and thanks to everyone that worked at the
Submitted by Gordon Powell