The Buzz – September
As many of you know, the Iowa Honey Producer’s
Association manages a booth in the Agricultural Building at the
Iowa State Fair. On lookers were able to try various samples of
creamed honey, roll foundation candles, “ooo” and
“ahh” at the observation hives, and of course cool,
off with an icy cup of honey lemonade. But that wasn’t all;
when I wasn’t talking to visitors at the booth, I did a
few interviews and gave some presentations. I was asked to do
live interviews with radio stations WHO as well as WOW who were
covering all of the fair’s excitement. I even had the chance,
with the other Honey Queens, to do a short interview for channel
8 during their live coverage of the fair. This was an excellent
opportunity to promote beekeeping and honey to the thousands of
listeners and nightly news watchers.
I also gave several presentations over different
aspects. One presentation, “Busy as Bees”, covered
the life cycles of bees while the other presentation, “More
Than Just a Sweet Treat”, went over the nutritional value
of honey. Following that, Teresa and I also introduced four delicious
and simple recipes to an audience.
Standing in three inch heels and hearing that
I “must be as sweet as honey” does have its peeks
besides the unlimited supply of honey lemonade. I ran into many
friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and made new ones along
the way. It was by far a beneficial experience; even through all
the havoc of state fair life, I still managed to see the famous
butter cow, the industrial building, and one of my favorite singers
National honey month is upon us and the fun is
only just beginning. On the weekend of the 9th, I will be attending
the Clay County Fair in western Iowa. If you didn’t already
know, it is the biggest county fair in Iowa. I will be there for
a day to meet and greet and show what beekeeping and honey has
Also, Honey Fest is approaching fast. I encourage
you to attend this event which will be held on a Sunday afternoon
in Cedar Rapids. It will be a fun filled day with many activities
planned. I hope to see you there!
Feel free to contact me at anytime either by
my cell phone: 319 – 269 – 7212 OR by email at email@example.com
and I will be glad to help out in anyway that I can.
2006 Iowa Honey Queen
2006 IOWA STATE FAIR
I would like to thank Bob Wolff, Jean Wiedenheft,
Dave Ervin, Kurt Melander, Duane Bower and Caitlin Holden for
their help in reconstructing the escape routes for the observation
beehives in the Agriculture Building at the Iowa State Fair. They
volunteered several hours on Saturday, July 8th, for this project.
Thanks also to Bill Hare and the maintenance staff at the Fairground
for their work on the outside windows (they do not have to be
removed now) and connecting tubing to the hives.
Thanks to Larry Spina for letting us borrow
his mannequin and hive again this year. It provided a very good
teaching tool to help answer questions about bees and beekeeping.
Thanks to Donna Brahms, the Iowa Honey Producer’s
Association, and all of the volunteers for all of the hard work
and long hours you spent at the booth in the Agricultural Building.
We had a lot of entries in this year’s
Fair. Congratulations to all who won ribbons. Comments were made
on the score sheet for most of the classes this year to help identify
why an entry may not have placed. Sometimes a small change can
make the difference between getting a ribbon or not. The Sweepstakes
winner was Donna & Mike Brahms and they will receive the Sweepstakes
Plaque at the annual meeting of the Iowa Honey Producers Association
in November. David Laughlin received the C. F. Koehnen Award for
his observation beehive, Class 1. Patricia Stewart won the Dadant
Award for her entry of White Extracted Honey, Class 4. The B &
L Plastics Award for 12-oz. plastic bears, Class 9, was given
to Melissa Laughlin. The Drapers Award for Frame of Extracting
Honey, Class 12, was given to Marlene Mogle. Donna & Mike
Brahms were awarded the Herman Bickle Award for Beeswax Art, Class
15. The A. I. Root Award went to Alex Ebert for his Beeswax Candle,
Class 19. The Iowa Honey Producers Association also gave an Award
for observation hives with a marked queen, Class 1.
First place winners for the other classes were:
Class 2-Phil Meyer; Class 3-Donna & Mike Brahms; Class 5-
Patricia Stewart; Class 6- Mark Tintjer; Class 7- Tim Laughlin;
Class 10- Patricia Stewart; Class 11- Pat Randol, Black Berry
creamed honey; Class 13- Melissa Laughlin; Class 14- Mark Tintjer;
Class 16- Donna & Mike Brahms; Class 17- Alex Ebert; Class
18- Alex Ebert; Class 20- Curt & Connie Bronnenberg; Class
21- Curt & Connie Bronnenberg; Class 22- David Laughlin; and
Class 23- David Laughlin. Class 24 did not have any entries.
I hope your harvest is good this year and will
bee seeing you next year at the 2007 Iowa State Fair.
Superintendent, Apiary Department
Iowa State Fair