2018 Ohio State Beekeepers at the Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair Honey Bee Pavilion

Presented by the Ohio State Beekeeping Association

www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org

 

Event Schedule for July 29, 2018 – August 5, 2018

Opens 9 a.m. each day!

Enjoy educational displays and Information about honey bees and beekeeping in the Ohio State Fair Honey Bee Pavilion sponsored by the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.  The Ohio State Beekeepers Association wants to help fairgoers understand the importance of honey bees and how beekeepers, homeowners and farmers can work together to provide a safe habitat. Talk to actual beekeepers, mingle with honey queens, peer into a working beehive and learn how to become a beekeeper yourself!

Sun., July 29 – Walk through a replica of an actual beeyard and view pollinator plants.  Ask for free honey samples from our vendors and have your photo taken with the Honey Bear!  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 who can help you select seeds to get started.

  • 10:30a – 11:30a – Tour the replica of a real bee yard and see how bees live in a beekeeper’s apiary
  • 1:30p – Watch gardening experts Ron Wilson and Tom Wood try their hand at wearing (real) bee beards
  • 3-4p – Learn from Master Gardener Tina Bobek how to attract pollinators to your yard with easy to grow plants
  • 4-5p- Ask a Beekeeper. Maybe you would like to be a beekeeper? Get help from the OSBA

Mon. July 30 – Honey 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 – Can you find the queen bee in the observation hives? Give it a try, it’s fun!
  • 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 set the stage for this week’s first bee beard demonstration!
  • 1p – Watch Barry Conrad place live bees around his face to form a “bee beard.” (weather permitting)
  • 3p-4p – Explore a working beehive with the American Honey Queen

 

Tues. July 31 – Stop 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 from vendors and discover 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 and beekeeper Tina Bobek will be available to answer your questions about how you can plant gardens to benefit honey bees.
  • 3p-4p – Using products from the hive to pamper your hair and face
  • 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. 1 –  A 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 that allow you to peer inside and watch bees at work. Visit vendors featuring Ohio hive and honey products.

  • 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!
  • 2p- Would you like to see more bees and butterflies in your garden? Master Gardner and beekeeper Tina Bobek will tell you how.
  • 3p-4p – Learn from beekeeper Marishka Wile about soap-making using products from the bee hive
  • 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. Sample honey from local vendors. Visit displays. So much to see and taste!

  

Thurs. Aug. 2 – Take 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 bee and sweat bee.
  • 3p – How to use honey and other hive products to pamper your hair and face
  • 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. 3 – 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 the delicious taste of real Ohio honey.

  • 10a-11a – Representatives of local beekeeping clubs will be available to answer your question or to get you started in beekeeping. Try your luck at finding the queen in the observation hives.
  • 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 – Learn how to plant pollinator-friendly gardens from Master Gardener and beekeeper Tina Bobek
  • 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. 4- Stop 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 beekeeper Dan Surina 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.
  • 4:30p-5p – 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”

Sun. Aug. 5 – The 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 – Walk with veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell through a model bee yard and learn how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 2p – Learn from Master Gardener and beekeeper Tina Bobek the types of herbs and plants bees crave
  • 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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