2019 Ohio State Fair Honey Bee Pavilion

Ohio State Fair Honey Bee Pavilion

Presented by the Ohio State Beekeeping Association

 

Event Schedule for Sunday, July 28, 2019 –Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

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 for one of our most important pollinators. Talk to actual beekeepers, mingle with honey queens, peer into a working beehive and learn how to become a beekeeper yourself!

Sun., July 28 – Walk through a replica of an actual beeyard and view pollinator plants.  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 just the right seeds to get started.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 10:30a – 11:30a – Tour the replica of a real bee yard and see how bees live in a beekeeper’s apiary
  • 11:00a. – “Is it a honey bee? Or a wasp? Maybe a yellow jacket?” Learn how to distinguish different types of bees.
  • 2p – 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 29 – 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.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 10a – Join Dwight Wells, president of the West Central Ohio Beekeepers, and see if you can identify the queen in the observation hives. Enjoy his presentation on how our environment can impact the health of honeybees.
  • 11a-12:30p – Veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell and the queen from the American Beekeeping Federation 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 and make honey smoothies with the American Beekeeping Federation queen.

 

Tues. July 30 – 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.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 10a-11a – Sample different honeys from vendors and discover their flora source.
  • 10a – Join Dwight Wells, president of the West Central Ohio Beekeepers, and see if you can identify the queen in the observation hives. Enjoy his presentation on how our environment can impact the health of honeybees.
  • 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.
  • 4p-5:30p – Ask the Beekeeper. Talk to a real beekeeper about what it’s like to care for thousands of stinging insects.

 

Wed. July 31 – 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.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 10a – Join Dwight Wells, president of the West Central Ohio Beekeepers, and see if you can identify the queen in the observation hives. Relax and enjoy his presentation on how our environment can impact the health of honeybees.
  • 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!
  • 1p – Learn why honey bees are such valued pollinators for our many of our food crops
  • 3p – Explore a working beehive and make honey smoothies with the 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. Sample honey from local vendors. Visit displays. So much to see and taste!
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Thurs. Aug. 1 – 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 get samples of real Ohio honey.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 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 distinguish 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. 2 – 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.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 10a- 5p. – 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.
  • 10:30a – Tag along with the American Honey Queen and beekeeper Zale Maxwell and learn how to become a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 11a – Learn how to make soap from Marishka Wile, a beekeeper and soap maker
  • 11a – Have you ever pet a real honey bee? Today’s your chance when you visit the Sandusky River Valley beekeeping club.
  • 1p – Watch a real live bee beard demonstration as beekeeper Dan Surina attracts thousands of bees around his neck to form a beard (weather permitting)
  • 3p – Explore a working beehive and make honey smoothies with the 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. 3- 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 flora sources and look at other products from the hive.

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and 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!
  • 10:30a – Join Dwight Wells, president of the West Central Ohio Beekeepers, and see if you can identify the queen in the observation hives. Enjoy his presentation on how our environment can impact the health of honeybees.
  • 11a – Learn how to make soap from Marishka Wile, a beekeeper and soap maker
  • 11a – Have you ever pet a real honey bee? Today’s your chance when you visit the Sandusky River Valley beekeeping club.
  • 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.
  • 3p – Make honey smoothies with the 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. 4 – 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.   

  • 9a-5p – Visit the vendors and sample real Ohio honey and other products from the hive
  • 11a-12p – Relax and listen to veteran beekeeper Zale Maxwell talk about how to be a beekeeper. Yes, there are classes available throughout Ohio!
  • 1p – Take a swing at the bee piñata for the youngest of our young visitors.
  • 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.