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
September has been an exciting month full of fairs and festivals. I started off the month at the Big Knob Grange Fair. Here, I enjoyed meeting and catching up with beekeepers, and talking about bees with people attending the fair. My favorite part of the fair was standing in front of the observation hive answering questions about bees. It was very rewarding to see others getting excited to learn something new about honey bees and beekeeping.
Towards the end of the month, I attended the Gratz Fair and a Honey Festival in Pottstown, PA. At the Gratz Fair, I had the pleasure of helping local beekeepers in their on-stage honey extraction demonstration. Those in attendance asked great questions while the children enjoyed using the extractor. At the Honey Festival the following day, children made honey bee headbands and learned about why bees are important to them.
Great Insect Fair
Great Insect Fair
This month, I also attended the Great Insect Fair at Penn State. I have had an interest in insects since I could walk, but I did not know what an entomologist was until I attended the Great Insect Fair when I was eight years old. Since that day, I have made it my life goal to become an entomologist; so, being at the Great Insect Fair this year was exciting because I now had the potential to inspire a child in the way that I was 12 years ago.
While my reign as Pennsylvania Honey Queen is quickly coming to an end, there is still time to invite me to your event. If you would like me to attend your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at†email@example.com†or 717-300-0146.
Honey Queen Program Contact Information
(PA Honey Queen Program Chair)
610 Strite Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796