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.
2013 PA Honey Queen
Elena Hoffman was selected at the Annual Conference, held November 9-10, to represent PSBA as the 2013 Honey Queen.
Elena, 17, is from Millmont and currently attends Mifflinburg Area High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, is active with track and field, enjoys Chemistry and Biology, and was the recipient of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, in addition to keeping several hives of bees.
The Honey Queen is available to attend schools, libraries, fairs, farmers markets or any other event where the message of beekeeping should be shared. The Queen is trained in giving presentations to all age levels and can also provide cooking demonstrations when requested.
To schedule a promotion with 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Elena Hoffman, or for more information on being a host family for the Honey Queen, contact Rachel Bryson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-643-0010.
A Note from the PA Honey Queen Program Chair
by Rachel Bryson
2013 PA Honey Princess
The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is excited to announce that Jessica Aurand was selected as the 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Princess during the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Jessica, 17, is from Middleburg and currently attends Midd-West High School. She is active with track and plays the saxophone in several school bands. Outside of school, Jessica is active with 4-H, FFA, enjoys horseback riding and caring for her family's hives. Jessica plans on attending college in the hopes of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Princess Jessica is available to attend various events, include schools, libraries, fairs and farmers markets. We are looking forward to working with both Queen Elena and Princess Jessica this year. To schedule a promotion, contact Rachel Bryson at email@example.com or 717-643-0010.
PA Honey Queen Program Update
By Rachel Bryson
Honey Queen Program Chair
Hello everyone. The Honey Queen committee continues to work diligently to improve our program and I wanted to share some recent changes with you. We live in an ever changing society and our program must also continue to evolve and improve to ensure that we are representing beekeepers and the industry in the best possible way. One change the committee approved was to raise the minimum age of our program to 18 for Queen contestants, and 17 for Princess contestants. These changes will take affect this year.
The committee made the decision to raise our ages after a great deal of consideration. Some of the main reasons for the change include challenges we faced with a minor using the program credit card, and making hotel reservations. This change will be another way of improving and continuing to grow our already notable program.
Some exciting news for the Honey Queen Program is that 2014 marks our 60th anniversary. A small committee is already working on special events and activities to commemorate this achievement. We hope to have more information to share with you at the PSBA convention in November on these activities.
It may be hard to believe but the time has come to begin looking for young women to compete for our 2014 Honey Queen and Princess positions. Any single young women between the ages of 18 (17 for Princess) and 24 who is a resident of Pennsylvania is eligible to compete. She does not need to be a beekeeper herself, but rather have a passion and desire to represent our industry. Applications must be received no later than October 10. Please be thinking about and contacting any young women you know who may be interested in our program. Complete application packets are available from me. If you would like more information on the program, please let me know.
Thank you all for your continued support of the Honey Queen Program. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or would like to invite the Queen and/or Princess to your events. We look forward to seeing all of you in November at the PSBA convention. You won’t want to miss it!
Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Raffle
The Honey Queen Program has a great raffle lined up for this year’s convention. Three items, handmade and handcrafted by Paul Hoffman, have been donated to the program. Paul, who is our current Honey Queen’s uncle, does woodworking as a hobby.
The first beautiful item he has donated for us is a wooden jewelry box. The jewelry box is made from wild cherry wood and contains five drawers. Each drawer on the inside has different sectioning for jewelry and is covered with a baby blue velvet-like material. The wood of the jewelry box is as nature intended it under the clear coating; it is not stained.
The next item that has been donated is a quilt rack. The quilt rack was crafted from a black walnut wood. This beautiful quilt rack would be a gorgeous addition to any home. The wood of the quilt rack is also as nature intended it under the clear coating and is not stained.
The final item donated is a birdhouse lamp. This unique piece was designed from oak wood. The oak birdhouse lamp is a must-have in any home and is a creative addition to any décor. The wood used in the making of the lamp is also as nature intended it to be under its clear coating.
All proceeds from the raffle are used to benefit the Queen Program through providing funding for travel expenses, and educational materials and supplies for the Queen and Princess.
Raffle tickets are available for just $1 each and can be purchased at any time from Queen Elena, Princess Jessica or by contacting the program chair Rachel Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your continued support of the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program.
PA Honey Queen Report
by Elena Hoffman - 2013 PA Honey Queen
As the time comes when the leaves are almost completely off the trees and winter is quickly approaching, if not already here, I want to wish you all a happy and festive Thanksgiving! This month was wonderful with PSBA’s annual convention where I was able to see many friendly faces!
On the 8th of November I arrived back in Lewisburg just in time for the convention! I was able to walk around and greet many members who attended the convention and sell raffle tickets to raise money for the Honey Queen Program. Then, I changed into more formal attire and headed towards our lovely banquet! While there we ate plenty of delicious food, applauded the well-deserved recipients of awards, and also heard some speakers talk about how wonderful EAS was, which had been in Pennsylvania this year!
Next, I gave my marketing presentation on urban beekeeping in preparation for ABF and played some beekeeping jeopardy with past honey queens in honor of next year marking the 60th anniversary of the Honey Queen Program! Finally, Princess Jessica and I helped to show off some amazing raffle items to raise money for the program and gave our farewells. It was an amazing night spent with some magnificent people!
The next day, Saturday the 9th, both Princess Jessica and I watched some of the wonderful presentations that PSBA’s members had to offer. During the breaks we spoke with many members and welcomed those who we had not seen the previous day. Afterwards, we helped to pass out the honey awards to members and attended the business meeting. When the business for the day was settled we were able to have a little bite of something sweet when Jessica and I helped to cut the cake honoring the fast coming arrival of the Honey Queen Program’s 60th anniversary. It was a lovely celebration. Finally, to end the day Jessica and I gave a cooking demonstration including a honey yogurt parfait and a honey tropical fruit punch. Overall, it was a successful weekend for PSBA and we hope to see you in attendance next year!
The last thing I did for the month of November was give a persuasive speech at West Chester University on why honeybees are important to our society. The presentation was given to about 30 students and included talking about the misconception that honeybees are “mean and nasty” insects and teaching about why they are really one of the mellowest insects with stinging capacities. After touching on that topic I continued to persuade about how honeybees are important for pollination and through pollination important for our food supply. The last thing I mentioned was the money that the agricultural and pollination industry make and contribute to our countries revenues each year thanks to honey bees. Looking back, I would say that my fellow students really took something away from the presentation and that it was a great success for the industry.
Although my time as your 2013 Honey Queen is dwindling down, there is still enough time to invite me to your event! To invite me or Princess Jessica to an event, contact Rachel Bryson, queen program chair, at email@example.com or 717-300-0146.
Honey Queen Program Contact Information
(PA Honey Queen Program Chair)
610 Strite Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796
(Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.)