At this writing, the Iowa State Fair is drawing
to a conclusion. Sales at the Iowa Honey Producers booth have
been awesome. Besides providing income for our organization, it
also provides a great opportunity to meet with the public. This
is extremely important. We all need to work create a positive
image for bees and beekeeping. We were fortunate to have the Des
Moines Register run a page on honey in the Sunday edition of August
15th. Several producers helped sponsor this page with ads. As
beekeepers we have a tendency to be invisible. We need to get
in the public eye.
The only downside to the Fair was that the number of displays
were down. There was a July 12th deadline in the premium book.
People trying to enter after that date had their entries returned.
In years past, entries have been accepted right up to Fair time.
Write to the Fair and express your feelings on this. I hope we
can get this changed for next year.
Thanks to Donna and Gordon and everyone who worked at the Fair
Booth to make it a success.
Submitted by Phil Ebert
Donna Brahms looks over the honey displays
and welcomes Fair goers to the IHPA Booth. It appears that attendance
for the Fair has easily eclipsed a million visitors again this
Sheryl Stephens talks honey with another
satisfied customer. The State Fair provides a great opportunity
to provide the public with great tasting honey and information
about the world of bees.
The honey display shows the public there
is more to honeybees than just the familiar honey bear in their
local grocery store. Honey, beeswax, pollination, honeycomb, candles,
creamed honey, it all starts with those busy bees!