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!

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Hannah Albright - 2018 PA Honey Queen

This month I had my very first school presentation! It was with 130 first grade students. They recently had a lesson on insects and I was very impressed with how much they knew coming into the presentation. I enjoyed teaching them some new fun facts. For example, they were really surprised that honeybees have five eyes. They even taught me a few things! I never thought there was an actual reason that honeybees had six legs, but one of the students taught me that the extra legs help them take off and fly when carrying a lot of nectar and pollen. It was overall a great experience and I canít wait to do many more school presentations.

Queen Hannah attends Beekeeping 101 class

I also took the Beekeeping 101 class with the Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association. I learned a lot of great information that I didnít know! There was a master beekeeper there who covered a lot of bee biology. My dad and I also ordered our hive to get in our backyard. I canít wait to get the hive started this Spring.

Queen Hannah speaks at the Western PA Seminar

The last event I attended was the Western Beekeeping Seminar. I was able to give an introduction about myself to all of the beekeepers there. I also attended some very interesting breakout sessions like cooking with honey and even a flow hive Skype call with one of the inventors from Australia. My favorite was the swarm catching breakout because it talked a lot about sustainable beekeeping. My college minor is in sustainability, so I really enjoy those types of topics. I met a lot of beekeepers from the western side of the state, which is where I am from. It was interesting to find out how many hives are nearby my home that I never even knew were there!

I am really enjoying the classes I am taking this semester. So far one of my favorites is soil nutrient management class. Spring Break is coming up soon. I look forward to my events I have planned over the break. My spring schedule is filing up quickly! If you would like to invite me to your upcoming event, please contact Alyssa Fine at or 412-266-2112.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!
  Online Form
  Printable PDF Format

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

Alyssa Fine
(PA Honey Queen Program Co-Chair)
Phone: 412-266-2112

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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