Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Honey Queen Program

Each year a Honey Queen is selected to become the main promoter of Pennsylvania's beekeeping industry. The Honey Queen travels throughout the state speaking at schools, fairs, festivals, beekeeping meetings, etc. She participates in media interviews and is always ready to promote the beekeeping and honey industries. The main focus of the Honey Queen program is education; feel free to invite her to give a presentation at your event. The Honey Queen also represents Pennsylvania each year at the American Honey Queen competition, held during the American Beekeeping Federation Convention.

2016 PA Honey Queen

Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that Sarah McTish was selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the organizationís annual conference.

Sarah, 19, is the daughter of James and Mary McTish of Mohnton, Pa. She is a graduate of Twin Valley High School and is currently a junior at Penn State University, with an Agriculture Sciences major and an Entomology minor. Sarah is active with the horticulture club, is a research assistant in the entomology lab and is a member of Delta Theta Sigma agriculture fraternity.

Make sure to follow all of Sarah's travels this year by visiting the Honey Queen program Facebook page.

Honey Queen vists OABEST Expo

Octorara Area School District held its Agriculture, Business, Environmental Science and Technology Expo on June 4th and our Honey Queen was there! View more photos at the Honey Queen Facebook page and at the Department of Agriculture's Photo Album at Flickr.

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

Hello all!

Bear Creek Festival with Schuylkill County Fair Princess

Bear Creek Festival

The past several months have been filled with many promotions. Looking back to May, my travels began at the Bear Creek Festival. This festival was geared towards teaching children about the environment. At my stand, I talked about honey bees and beekeeping.

Rolling Ridge Elementary

Wilson School District

The rest of May was filled with school visits. The first visit was with Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Erie, PA. Here, I talked to all of the second graders. The kids were very interested and excited to make bee head bands at the end of the presentation. The next week, I visited two elementary schools in the Wilson School District near Reading, PA. Between these two schools, I spoke to kindergarteners, first graders and third graders. This was my first time presenting to children as young as kindergarteners, but I was happy to see how interested they were in learning about the honey bee.

Third Grade Tour at Twin Valley High School

Pollination Relay Race at Third Grade Tour

Rounding out May, I had spent two days at my own high school for the FFA programís Third Grade Tour. Third Grade Tour is a two-day event in which all the third graders in the district come to the high school to learn about agriculture. This year, the theme was plants, so I was asked to attend the event and run a workshop on pollination.

June was another busy month for me and the Honey Queen Program. I started off the month at Octarara High School in Chester County for their annual OABEST Expo, which showcases student accomplishments and provides an agricultural outreach opportunity for the community. At this event, I spoke to community members about why honey bees are important to us and had the opportunity to speak with PA Secretary of Ag., Russell Redding.

A few weeks later, I attended the Bee Happy Pollinator Festival at Tait Farm in Centre Hall. This event was focused around pollination and the insects that pollinate. Through this event, those attending gained a better understanding of how pollination occurs and its importance to our food supply. Two days later, I gave two presentations to 4-H students at their Ag Science Day Camp. The students were enthusiastic when learning about honey bees and asked great questions.

Towards the end of June, I traveled to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, PA for their annual celebration of Pollinator Week. Here, I worked with Charlie and Cathy Vorisek to educate the public on honey bees and beekeeping. We held children's activities for local groups and I spent time by the observation hive answering questions.

I then traveled to Monaca for Sen. Elder Vogel's Kids Extravaganza. This was a fantastic event held at the Community College of Beaver County. I shared a table with local beekeeper Jim Hoffman. The kids really enjoyed the observation hive and the search to find the queen.

Honey Queen speaks at Craighead House.

To end June, I spoke at the Craighead House in Boiling Springs, Pa. The purpose of the Craighead House is to promote environmental awareness. I spoke to the group at the meeting were all very interested and eager to learn. They spent an hour asking questions.

During the month of July, I had the amazing opportunity to travel throughout many countries in Europe with my relatives.

The rest of the summer is already packed full of events and Iím looking forward to seeing what the fall has to bring. If you would like to invite me to your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at††or 717-300-0146.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!

PA Honey Queen Contestant Information and Application Form

PA Honey Queen Program Facebook Page

Rachel Bryson
(PA Honey Queen Program Chair)
610 Strite Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Phone: 717-643-0010
Cell: 717-300-0146

Linda Hackenburg
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796
Cell: 570-850-1976

Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.
A listing of previous years' Honey Queens/Princesses is also available.

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