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.

2018 PA Honey Queen and Princess Chosen

Hannah Albright (2018 PA Honey Queen) and Lydia Barr (2018 Honey Princess) with the 2017 Queen/Princess and PA Department of Agriculture Secretary, Russell C. Redding

The PA Honey Queen and Princess for 2018 were crowned at the PSBA Fall Conference. Hannah Albright was selected as Pennsylvania Honey Queen and Lydia Barr as Pennsylvania Honey Princess. Congratulations to both!

2017 PA Honey Queen and Princess

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

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

Happy fall!

I hope everyone is enjoying the autumn season, even though it doesn’t really feel like summer left! While the autumn season brings Halloween, leaves changing color, and pumpkin picking, it is sad to see tank top weather and swimming season disappear. With the seasons changing and sweater weather coming, we can say goodbye to the drones who are going to be kicked out soon and hello to a less active honey bee hive.

To update you all on my events, I finished off August with two fair visits since the last newsletter. On August 26, I visited the West End Fair to set up an information table. At my stand I did crafts with the kids, and answered a variety of bee and beekeeping questions. While at the fair I proudly displayed a picture of my bee beard from the summer picnic. Fair goers who walked past my table often took a double take in order to see my photo. The most asked question of course was ‘Did you get stung?’ I enjoyed educating everyone on my bee beard, making sure to point out the gentleness of honey bees.

Queen Kayla talking with kids at the observation hive at the Big Knob Grange Fair.

On August 31, I attend the Big Knob Grange Fair. While there I worked with the Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association. I answered questions about the variety of honey and beeswax products for sale, handed out honey sticks to kids, and talked with the attendees who looked at the observation hive.

I started off September by visiting the grand opening of the Pittsburgh Honey store, helping to talk to customers about the observation hive. The next day, September 2, I attended the Great Allentown Fair. I started off the day by helping with the first annual Princess Parade. Along with the Allentown Fair Queen, Miss Western Pennsylvania United States Agriculture, and Miss Lancaster County United States Agriculture, I led a group of young girls dressed up as princesses around the fairgrounds. Afterwards, I stood by the apiary department, passing out recipe brochures, and talking to visitors about the variety of entries in honey, beeswax, and observation hives. I ended the day at the Allentown Fair by helping to judge the mother/daughter, father/son look-alike contest and handing out their winners’ prizes!

Queen Kayla displays the effectiveness of pollination shown by the amount of apple seeds.

On Sunday September 10, I visited the Jewish Federation of Reading for a presentation on honey bees and pollination. In Jewish culture, the new year Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated by eating apples and honey in order to have a ‘sweet new year.’ To the group I talked about how honey is made and the importance of honey bees for pollination, especially for apples. I demonstrated the effectiveness of bee pollination on apples by cutting two apples in half to reveal the star of seeds; one ‘perfect’ apple, from the grocery store, showed complete pollination with its 10 seeds, the second apple, from my backyard, revealed very little pollination as only one seed was found.

On September 16, I attended the Organic Apple Festival at Rodale Institute. There I did a bee magnet craft with over 100 kids and talked with hundreds of parents about honey bees. For this event I brought out my bee beard picture, which helped to draw the attention of almost 1,000 additional visitors to my table!

To start a three day streak of events, I attended the Oley Valley Community Fair on September 21. Oley Fair’s theme this year was ‘Oley Fair is the place to bee!’ With everything bee themed, my visit was very appropriate! I set up a display in their agriculture building to talk with visitors about honey bees. Afterwards, I helped to hand out ribbons to the winners of the children’s pedal tractor contests, and stopped by the Oley Valley Community Library to promote their bee themed literature!

The following day, September 22, I attended the Gratz Fair. I started off my visit by setting up a display of educational items of bees and beekeeping, inside their agriculture building. Next I helped the Dauphin County Farm Bureau with their pollination table. I helped run a ‘bee finding’ game and educating visitors on the importance of pollinators, before stopping by the honey extraction demonstration.

On September 23, I attended a Honey Festival in Pottstown. There I talked with visitors about bee biology, beekeeping, and did crafts with the children. It was awesome to attend a festival dedicated to everything honey! My most recent event was on September 25, at the Boone Area Library. For their preschool story time, I read two bee themed books and helped them with their bee crafts.

I can’t believe I only have one more event this month and then it will be October! October will unfortunately be the last full month of my reign, but I hope it will be jam packed with events! If you would like to invite me to your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at

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

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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