The Buzz –October
is officially over, and autumn’s crisp leaves will soon
fall. Beekeepers have been busy wrapping up all of summer’s
loose ends and are gathering the year’s worth of honey.
But not all great things are coming to an end; Iowa has officially
kicked off the first county fair of the 2006 – 2007 year.
The Clay County Fair, in Spencer, also knows as “The World’s
Greatest Fair”, was held September 9 – 17. This fair
reminded me of a mini state fair; they had everything, a grandstand,
industrial building, and a carnival even with a sky ride. They
even brought in well known grandstand entertainment including
Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Sugarland, and Neal McCoy. Besides
all that, they even had the crowds to match. This year, they had
306,446 people attend their fair and I had the privilege to join
in on a day’s worth of action. I attended the fair on opening
day, and it was a cold, windy one but that didn’t stop enthused
fairgoers from visiting to see what the fair all had to offer.
In one of the numerous buildings, the Northwest Beekeepers Association
set up a booth consisting of various honey products and educational
displays including two observational hives. Throughout the day,
along with other volunteers, I helped answer questions, showed
children what the queen bee looks like, and helped sell honey
products. By late afternoon, my day successfully ended. I can
now say that I have been a part of the world’s largest county
fair thanks to the Northwest Beekeepers Association and I can
wait to visit again! I hope everyone had a considerably good year
and best of luck getting ready for winter.
2006 Iowa Honey Queen
BACK TO BASICS
BEEKEEPERS CONTINUE TO EXPAND
At our first Fall meeting held September 22,
'06, in spite of many homecoming football games, 27 persons were
present including first-time attenders, a father and teenage son.
Special Guest was American Honey Princess Teresa Jurchen. Regina
Jager, Iowa Honey Queen Committee Chair, was also present and
played the role of a Queen Bee while Teresa gave the presentation
she had given last winter at the Ladies Luncheon during the ABF
convention. It was a clever educational presentation that helped
win for her the title of American Honey Princess, and it was enjoyed
greatly by the group.
Also on the program was our new area Bee Inspector,
Delmar Nelson, who told about some of the problems he was finding
on his first Fall inspections. He demonstrated how to use the
windshield washer fluid technique of determining the mite level
in a hive. A good discussion followed about times to treat, treatment
methods, products that can be used and how this can all be correlated
with brood rearing to control the greatest number of mites.
A program committee had met and presented the
year agenda of meetings:
Oct. 20 with "Equipment Review" -Nov.
19 "Cooking With Honey"
Feb. 16 "Processing Beeswax"
Mar. 16 "Liability Issues in Beekeeping, Bee Spills, Africanized
Late April or early May, local Field Day on "Making Splits
and Installing Queens & Nukes."
A financial report brought the group up-to-date
on the summer Southern Iowa Fair Booth sales of honey lemonade
and many honey products, and also Nelson Pioneer Farm Fall Festival
sales. Appreciation was expressed to the many members who helped
with the booth and display, and it was agreed these are good outlets
for products of the beehive and also for educating people on the
importance of beekeeping.
A bountiful table of goodies brought by families
was enjoyed with fresh apple juice made by a member (from apples
pollinated by his bees!) and coffee.
Submitted by Eves Cadwallader