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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.

2017 PA Honey Queen and Princess


Kayla Fusselman - 2017 PA Honey Queen
Samantha Stouffer - 2017 Honey Princess

Kayla Fusselman was chosen to represent PSBA as the 2017 PA Honey Queen, and Samantha Stouffer selected as 2017 PA Honey Princess. Winning candidates were crowned at the annual conference banquet, on November 11th, 2016. Congratulations to both!

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Kayla Fusselman - 2017 PA Honey Queen

Hello everyone!

I hope everyoneís summer is winding down nicely! Since my last update, I have had an extra busy few weeks. I finished off July by being a judge for the Schuylkill County Fairís royalty contest on July 30 and 31. While at the fair on the 31, I participated in a jolly rancher pop tart taste testing interview for WNEP 16 and I was then interviewed about my position as Honey Queen. On August 1st I was at the Schuylkill County Fair again for Childrenís Day, where I made bee magnets with the hundreds of kids in attendance and was interviewed by BRC TV Channel 13 about my experience at the fair.

From the fair, I headed to Newark, Delaware for the Eastern Apiculture Societyís conference at the University of Delaware from August 1-5. While at EAS I helped at the t-shirt sales table, the meal ticket table, helped to show items at the live auction, attended informative sessions, and met beekeepers from across the country and even New Zealand! Following EAS I continued my streak of events and went back to the Schuylkill County Fair to help out at the observation hive.

In all I did 7 straight days of Honey Queen events! The following week I was at the Reading Fair. On August 9, I participated in the fairís Childrenís Day by doing bee magnet crafts with the many visiting families. On August 11, I returned to the fair to judge their livestock mardi-gras contest.

From August 15-17 I attended Ag Progress Days. Even though we couldnít have our honey ice cream stand, I still was able to educate the public on honey bees. The Penn State Pollinator tent graciously allowed me to join them. Visitors to the tent were welcome to make a bee magnet as well as check out the observation hive. While at Ag Progress Days, I met with several other PA commodity titleholders and was able to talk with hundreds of people about the importance of honey bees.

Only a couple days after Ag Progress Days, I went to the Kutztown Fair for their Childrenís Day. Before their kidís raffle drawing I gave a talk to over 200 people about everything honey and honey bees. Afterward I gave honey sticks out to the kids in attendance, which ended up being almost 100!


Queen Kayla working at the Harford Fair


Queen Kayla working at the Harford Fair

Most recently I helped out at the Susquehanna County Beekeepers Associationís Honey Hut at the Harford Fair on August 25. There I helped answer questions about their various honey products for sale, handed out stickers to the kids, talked to the visitors about the observation hive, and my favorite part, helped with their live hive demonstrations.

For their 2pm and 5pm shows I gave a live talk on the hive inside of a screened in booth. I explained beekeeping tools, parts of the hive, and pulled out frames of honey, bees, and brood to show the dozens of people in attendance at each show. For both demos I braved the bees and opted for no veil, jacket, or gloves. It was so great to see the fascination of those young and old as I held a frame, containing hundreds of bees, bare handed. At the 5pm show we had so many people coming up to see the bees and hear about why I wasnít getting stung, that I ended up standing in the booth for over an hour pulling out various frames to show them the interworking of a colony of honey bees!

August isnít over yet, and neither are my upcoming events! I have a few more fairs to visit in August and more in September. There is still time to request me for an event! If you would like to invite me to your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at honeyqueen@pastatekeepers.org.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

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

Linda Hackenburg
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796
Cell: 570-850-1976
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Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.
A listing of previous years' Honey Queens/Princesses is also available.

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