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.

2014 PA Honey Queen

2014 PA Honey Queen Kaylee Kilgore

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

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

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 Kaylee Kilgore - 2014 PA Honey Queen

Hello Beekeepers!

During May I had the opportunity to speak to a wide variety of students, from first graders to sixth grade science classes.

Queen Kaylee speaks to children and adults during EcoFest about the beeswax candles they will be making.

To finish out April though, I attended Ecofest at Mifflin Park Elementary School on Saturday, April 26, where I made beeswax candles with students while educating them about honey bees. May kicked off with the West Manheim Elementary School's Science Fair, where students were able to see an observation hive and sample honey sticks. On May 17th, I traveled to the annual Farm to Table Day at Fox Chase Farm in Philadelphia,†where I spoke to learners of all ages about products of the hive.

The last week of May was filled with school presentations. I spoke to Central Dauphin Middle School's sixth grade science classes, Hershey Primary School's 3rd and 4th grade classes, and the first grade class at the Scott School in Harrisburg. †All of the students were very engaged,†and many were interested in getting involved in beekeeping. I look forward to more school presentations in the upcoming weeks!

As the summer begins and promotion requests continue to flow in for 2014, donít miss out on your chance to invite me to your event. To invite me to an event, contact Rachel Bryson, queen program chair, at or 717-300-0146


ABF Update
  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

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.)

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