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.

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

Hello all!

August was a great month as I traveled the state as the Honey Queen. This month, I started off in Potter County. Here, I visited the Potter County Fair, where I enjoyed talking to the community about honey bees and getting people excited about beekeeping. After Potter County, I then visited a rotary club in McKean County. The club was very interested in learning about honey bees and asked great questions on how they could become beekeepers.

Look at our brave Honey Queen! Sarah participated in her first bee beard during the PSBA summer picnic.

On August 6, I attended the PSBA Summer Picnic where I enjoyed catching up with beekeepers from around the state and meeting new beekeepers. This event was also very exciting for me because I got to do my first bee beard. This was a wonderful experience and I am ready to do another bee beard!

Queen Sarah visited the Birdsboro Rotary Club and spoke to them about the many jobs honey bees have.

The following week, I attended the Birdsboro Rotary Club meeting, close to where I grew up in Berks County. Attending this meeting was very special to me because I spoke to them about honey bees nearly three years ago as a senior in high school. Speaking to this club back then inspired me to want to teach others about honey bees and made me more comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Having this experience made it very exciting to speak to the club again and see what they remembered about honey bees from the last time I visited.

Queen Sarah worked with local beekeepers during the Butler Farm Show.

Queen Sarah and Cathy Vorisek meeting with Russel Reading, PA Secretary of Agriculture, during Ag Progress Days.

Queen Sarah met Miss America when attending Ag Progress Days in State College.

Another little princess at Ag Progress

The rest of the month of August was spent at fairs and festivals, such as the Butler Farm Show, Ag Progress Days, and the Hookstown Fair. I enjoyed these events because it was rewarding to see people interested in what I had to say about honey bees and beekeeping. At Ag Progress Days in State College, I even had the honor to meet Miss America and another little princess.

I hope that I can attend your event in the future. If you would like to invite me to your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at††or 717-300-0146.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!

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

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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