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 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

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!

My name is Kaylee Kilgore, and I am honored to be your 2014 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. I am from Hershey, Pa., and I am currently pursuing a Global Studies degree at Lehigh University. I was crowned at the Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar in Mars on Saturday, February 15th. While I was there, I met a ton of fantastic beekeepers. I also received some great advice from 2014 American Honey Princess Elena Hoffman, and had the chance to watch her give her year in review to the Western PA Beekeepers. It was a wonderful opportunity to see what being a Honey Queen is like.

The next event I attended was the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild’s short course. There I learned some intriguing things about beekeeping that I had not known before. I got to meet lots of new and aspiring beekeepers, as well as some students and teachers hoping to establish hives at their school. It was inspiring to see young people so passionate about beekeeping.

After that, I had Honey Queen Training, also known as “bootcamp”! Over the course of the weekend, I prepared school presentations, practiced media interviews, and learned how to do cooking demonstrations. I left training prepared to represent the beekeeping industry and the PSBA all over Pennsylvania.

My goals for this year include:

I look forward to meeting you all this year. As promotion requests continue to flow in for 2014, don’t 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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