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.

2019 PA Honey Queen

Kaitlyn Stauffer was chosen as the 2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. Kaitlyn, 20, is the daughter of Jerry and Melissa Stauffer of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania. She is a sophomore at Juniata College studying Early Childhood and Special Education. Kati has a strong agricultural background, having served as vice president of her local FFA chapter, Gratz Fair Queen, Dauphin County Miss Agriculture USA, and Miss United States Agriculture State Alternate. Kati is an active member of Juniata Instructors of the Future, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and her college's archaeology club. In her free time, Kati enjoys hunting, hiking, and reading, as well as volunteering with various nonprofit organizations such as Camp Kydnie and Habitat for Humanity.

Kaitlyn is new to the beekeeping world, and is very excited to use her position as an opportunity to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping, and to share that information with the general public. She has been interested in the PA Honey Queen Program for several years, but the timing was never quite right. This year, she is looking forward to traveling throughout the state as our representative.

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Kaitlyn Stauffer - 2019 PA Honey Queen

Honey Queen with Observation Hive at Phipps Conservatory

Wow! What a month! So much has happened since I was crowned Pennsylvania Honey Queen and I still feel like I am on cloud 9. At the beginning of this month I traveled to Pittsburgh for Honey Queen University where I covered all the material I’d need for teaching about honey bees. I learned about the three types of bees, their jobs, and what it takes to be a queen bee (no pun intended… well maybe a little!). While I was there, I was even able to do my first promotional event at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There I visited an observation hive to see the bees close up. After, I toured the gardens and saw different flowers and fruits that bees pollinate. I even was able to get a taste of Pittsburgh after the garden visit at Primanti Bros for some of Pittsburgh’s finest, as I was told.

Queen Kaitlyn's First School Presentation

Later in the month I was a little busier! I put my training to the test and delivered my first school presentation. I was able to travel to Lewisburg and teach 40 first graders about honey and beekeeping. This was a great way to start off National Agriculture Week in the Classroom. I was able to work on my own presentation skills and get feedback on what I could work on to give the students a better understanding of honey ad beekeeping

Queen Kaitlyn at Patient Family Dinner

Finally, I attended a Patient Family Dinner hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Kidney Foundation. Here, I was able to deliver a speech on the importance of honey for healthy living! The best thing is, I was able to refer numerous people to the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association website! By the end of the day I reached 175 people and handed out about 85 packets for others to look through the website for more information on honey, beekeeping, and incorporating honey in your everyday life.

This has been a fun and very educational month. Wait til next month when you hear about my next dinner event, school visit, and more!

Once I finish the spring semester in school, I will have a lot more availability to attend promotional events. If you’d like to invite me to your next event, please contact Alyssa Fine at or (412) 266-2112 to schedule a visit.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!
  Online Form
  Printable PDF Format

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

Alyssa Fine
(PA Honey Queen Program Co-Chair)
Phone: 412-266-2112

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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