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.

2017 PA Honey Queen and Princess

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

Kayla Fusselman was chosen to represent PSBA as the 2017 PA Honey Queen, and Samantha Stouffer selected as 2017 PA Honey Princess. Winning candidates were crowned at the annual conference banquet, on November 11th. Congratulations to both!

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

Happy New Year! My name is Kayla Fusselman and Iím honored to be serving as your 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. What better way to start off the year than with a week at the Pennsylvania Farm Show! Starting Friday night, I attended the PA Preferred Reception, where I met many commodity queens, local politicians and the Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding. With the official start of Farm Show the next day, I participated in the opening ceremonies and helped with the ribbon cutting. The rest of the week I worked the waffle and ice cream stand, market booth, and the learning center, helped at the honey extractions, and attended the Public Officials luncheon.

At the waffle and ice cream stand, I helped take orders, sell honey products and of course sampled the sweet treats! While working the market booth I assisted customers with their honey purchases and answered questions about the different flavors and uses of honey and other hive products. At the learning center, I was able to talk to school groups, families and others who walked by our observation hives, about the workings of a bee hive.

A highlight of the Farm Show for me was helping with the honey extractions. I was able to introduce myself to the audience, promote our different stands at the Farm Show, assist in explaining the parts of a bee hive, and I tried honey comb for the first time!

This month has been very educational, as every day I worked Farm Show I learned more and more about beekeeping and our great honey products across the state. I wasnít the only one becoming more informed, because every day I talked to hundreds of visitors about honey bee biology, the benefits of honey and how everyone can help honey bees in their own backyards.

My first busy month as the 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen was fantastic. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to represent the PSBA. Thank you to all the beekeepers and volunteers who helped to make the Farm Show a truly fun and unforgettable week.

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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