2017 OSBA at the Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair Honey Bee Pavilion

Presented by the Ohio State Beekeeping Association

www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org

 

Tentative Event Schedule for July 30, 2017 – August 6, 2017

 

Enjoy Educational Displays and Information about Honey Bees and Beekeeping. The Ohio State Beekeepers Association wants fairgoers to understand the importance of honey bees and how beekeepers, homeowners and farmers can work together to provide a safe habitat. Talk to actual beekeepers, peer into a working beehive and learn how to become a beekeeper yourself!

 

Sun., July 30On Sunday, walk through a replica of an actual beeyard and view pollinator plants. Ask for honey samples from our vendors and have your photo taken with the Honey Bear!  Visit vendors and sample honey throughout the day and try and guess their flora source.  Interested in starting a pollinator garden? Visit with Tina Bobek, a beekeeper and master gardener volunteer who can help you select seeds to get started.

 

Mon. July 31Honey bees pollinate the crops that provide each of us with nutritious food. Learn more about the role bees play in Ohio’s agriculture and learn about starting a pollinator garden. Visit vendors featuring Ohio hive and honey products.

 

  • 10a-2p – Tess Conrad, Lithopolis (Ohio) Honeyfest Queen, will be on hand to talk to young visitors about how they can become bee-friendly.
  • 11a-12:30p – Veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell will take you on a tour of a beeyard and explain how to get started with your own hive.
  • 12:30p – The All-Ohio State Fair Band visits the pavilion and plays selections to help introduce the week’s first bee beard demonstration!
  • 1p – Watch Barry Conrad place live bees around his face to form a “bee beard.” (weather permitting)
  • 3p-8p – Ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p – Bee beard demonstration (weather permitting).

 

Tues. Aug. 1Stop by the pavilion and visit with the American Beekeeping Federation queen and the many beekeepers who help staff the demonstrations and exhibits, some featuring live bees. Information and fun for all ages! Visit vendors featuring Ohio hive and honey products.

 

  • 10a-11a – Sample different honeys and find out their flora source.
  • 11a-12:30p – Explore the Ohio State Beekeepers Association’s beeyard and learn from the American Honey Queen and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell how to become a beekeeper.
  • 1p-3p – Master Gardener volunteer and beekeeper Tina Bobek will be available to answer your questions about how you can plant gardens to benefit honey bees.
  • 3p-8p – Ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects.

 

Wed. Aug. 2 Another day of learning and fun as fairgoers visit the bee pavilion sponsored by the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Stop by and say Buzzzzz! All day long there are observation hives so you can peer inside and watch bees at work. Visit vendors featuring Ohio hive and honey products.

 

  • 10a-11a – Meet the royalty! The American Honey Queen and Tess Conrad, the Lithopolis (Ohio) Honeyfest Queen will be on hand to talk bees. Also visit with Honey Bear!
  • 11a-12:30p – Explore the Ohio State Beekeepers Association’s beeyard and learn from the honey queen and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio for beginners!
  • 1p-2p – Learn about what it takes to start a pollinator garden to attract bees and butterflies. We have the seeds!
  • 3p-8p – ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects. Look into a real beehive.

 

 

Thurs. Aug. 3Take a minute and walk through the honey bee pavilion sponsored by the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Ask the volunteers how you can help save the honey bee and sample real Ohio honey.

 

  • 9a – Find out how easy it is to have your own beehive. Stop in and talk to a beekeeper about getting started next spring. Watch instructional videos from the Ohio Beekeepers Association.
  • 11a-12:30p – Explore the Ohio State Beekeepers Association’s beeyard and learn from the honey queen and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 1p-2p – Learn how to identify the different species of bees such as the honey bee, wasp. Bumble bees and sweat bees.
  • 3p – 8 Ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects and maybe help explore the inside of a real beehive.

 

Fri. Aug. 4 Visit the Ohio State Beekeeping Association’s pavilion and get a glimpse of the world of the honey bee and their keepers. Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey.

 

  • 10a-11a – Representatives of local beekeeping clubs will be available to answer your question or to get you started in beekeeping.
  • 11a-12:30p – Tag along with the American Honey Queen Honey and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell and learn how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 1p – Watch a real live bee beard demonstration (weather permitting)
  • 2p-2:30p – Photo opportunities with the honey queen and Honey Bear!
  • 3p – Eight ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects. Look into a real beehive.

 

Sat. Aug. 5Stop by the pavilion for a full day of fun and activities! Educational displays feature live bees and colorful exhibits. Sample honey from many different Ohio sources and look at other products from the hive.

 

  • 10a-11a – Tag along with the American Honey Queen Honey and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell in a model bee yard and learn how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes for beginner beekeepers available throughout Ohio!
  • 1p – Bee beard demonstration. Watch a beekeeper attract thousands of bees around his neck to form a beard (weather permitting)
  • 2p – Stop in and look at the huge selection of flower and garden seeds available to help you start your own pollinator garden and talk to experts who can help guide your decisions.
  • 3p – Eight ways to use honey to pamper your hair and face (American Honey Queen)
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects and maybe help explore the inside of a real beehive.

 

Sun. Aug. 6The last day of the fair doesn’t need to be a sad occasion. Bee Happy! Stop in and see why beekeepers are always smiling about their hobby. Visit the vendors for pure Ohio honey and hive products.

 

  • 11a-12p – Stroll along with Tess Conrad, Lithopolis (Ohio) Honeyfest queen and veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell through a model bee yard and learn how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 12p – Ashleigh Lemon, senior biology specialist for Scotts Miracle-Gro, “Inviting Bees to your Yard with Plants” and “Best Practices for Treating with Pesticides to Cause the Least Harm”
  • 1p – Bee beard demonstration (weather permitting)
  • 2p – Honey in the kitchen: Learn how to make honey smoothies and how honey can be used in everyday meals.
  • 3p-4p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects and help explore the inside of a real beehive.

 

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