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.
2014 PA Honey Queen
2014 PA Honey Queen Kaylee Kilgore being crowned by 2014 American Honey Princess, Elena Hoffman.
The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is proud to announce that Kaylee Kilgore was selected as the 2014 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar in Pittsburgh. Kaylee, 19, originally from Maine, is the daughter of Cindy and Bruce Kilgore. She attended the Milton Hershey School and is now a first year student at Lehigh University. Kaylee has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and tutoring prison inmates.
Kaylee is looking forward to representing the PSBA this year as the 2014 PA Honey Queen. To invite her to your event, contact Rachel Bryson at email@example.com.
PA Honey Queen named American Honey Princess
Queen Susannah (left) and Princess Elena immediately after their coronation at the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow.
Elena Hoffman, 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess during the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11. Susannah Austin, 2013 Florida Honey Queen, was selected as the 2014 American Honey Queen.
Both Susannah and Elena will travel throughout North America this year representing and promoting the beekeeping and honey industries.
For more information on the American Honey Queen Program, visit www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=10
Congratulations to them both!
More on Elena from the ABF press release:
Elena Hoffman - 2014 American Honey Princess
The American Beekeeping Federation is proud to announce that Elena Hoffman was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess at the North American Beekeeping Conference in Baton Rouge, LA in January. Elena is the 18-year-old daughter of Brian and Beverly Hoffman of Millmont, PA, and the granddaughter of Elaine and Bobby Hoffman of Laurelton, PA, and of Mary Robey of Jacksonville, FL. She is a freshman at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a degree in biology with hopes of pursing a medical degree. Outside school, Elena works with her father to maintain their apiary, participating in hive management and honey extraction.
Prior to being selected as the American Honey Princess, Elena served as the 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers' markets, via media interviews, and in schools.
Elena will spend the next year promoting the beekeeping industry throughout the United States in a wide variety of venues. To schedule an appearance with American Honey Princess Elena Hoffman, please contact American Honey Queen Program Chairperson Anna Kettlewell at 414.545.5514.
PA Honey Queen Report
by Rachael Bryson - Honey Queen Program Chair
The new year has already been filled with many exciting moments for the Honey Queen program. To start, our 2013 Queen Elena Hoffman was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess during the American Beekeeping Federation Convention in Baton Rouge, La. Elena will be joined this year in her travels across North American by Susannah Austin of Florida, who is the 2014 American Honey Queen.
A total of four contestants participated in the four day competition. Joining Elena and Susannah were contestants from Texas and Iowa. All of these young women did an excellent job representing their states. You can follow Elena's travels this year by liking the American Honey Queen Program Facebook page.
Queen Elena and other commodity representatives gather for a group photo before the Opening Ceremonies at the PA Farm Show.
Queen Elena presents the PSBA gift to George Greig, PA Secretary of Agriculture.
Queen Elena meets with PA Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife during the Farm Show.
Queen Elena teaching some children about the bees in the observation hive at the PSBA Farm Show learning center.
Queen Elena speaks with a couple who stopped by the learning center.
Queen Elena helping customers at the PSBA Ice Cream stand at the PA Farm Show.
Before heading to Baton Rouge, Elena represented the PSBA at the PA Farm Show. She assisted with preparing the honey displays before the show opened to the public, attended the Governor's reception and opening ceremonies, and working in our ever popular ice cream stand and learning center.
Our 2013 Princess, Jessica Aurand, also attend the Farm Show and worked in the learning center and ice cream stand. Photos from the Farm Show and ABF convention can be found on the PA Honey Queen Program Facebook page. For those of you who were not able to attend the convention, I wanted to share Elena's total promotion numbers again (these figures do not include the Farm Show or ABF convention).
- Attended 23 events
- Visited 18 counties
- Traveled 4,044 miles
- Reached 2,034,560 people
- Total value of promotions - $149,882
Congratulations to Elena and thank you to both Elena and Jessica for the outstanding work this year. In other news, as some of you may know we did not crown a 2014 Honey Queen during the convention. However, the committee is still working diligently to find a candidate to serve as our 2014 Queen, so keep checking our Facebook page for updates on this search.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Honey Queen Program. We are planning some special reunion activities at some of our events in celebration. If your group would be interested in hosting one of these reunions, please let me know. While it is still uncertain if we will have a 2014 Honey Queen, I encourage you to continue contacting me with event requests. Thank you all for your continued support of the Honey Queen Program.
by Rachael Bryson - Honey Queen Program Chair
The American Beekeeping Federation convention recently met in Baton Rouge, La. for four days of educational, informational sessions, bringing together the beekeeping community for a time of great fellowship and discussion.
As some of you may have heard, our 2013 PA Honey Queen Elena Hoffman was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess. Elena will spend this year traveling throughout North America representing the beekeeping industry.
Both Vincent Aloyo, the PSBA first vice president, and I attended the Delegates meeting during the ABF convention. The main purpose of this meeting is for the ABF board to update the delegates on proposed organizational policy changes and for the election of board members. Davey Hackenberg was re-elected to the board as a representative from the delegates.
Plans are already underway for the 2015 ABF convention, which will be at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Ca. This meeting promises to be not only a great educational opportunity, but also an excellent family event. Why not consider attending? Make sure to check out the PSBA Facebook page throughout the year for updates on ABF activities or visit the ABF website at www.abfnet.org.
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
(Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.)