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OSBA 2013 Fall Conference

11/02/2013 @ 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM


 Ohio State Beekeepers Association

 Annual Fall Conference

 November 2nd, 2013 – Plain City, Ohio

 Tolles Career Center – 7877 US Highway 42 S – Plain City OH 43064


OSBA invites you to attend our 2013 Fall Conference at the Tolles Career Center in Plain City, Ohio on November 2nd and to help us celebrate our 125th year!

Tolles Career & Technical Center is our new, larger meeting location for our Fall Conference.   This new location is accessible, and offers improved parking, larger classrooms, larger room for lunch and a huge hall for vendors.   This facility will enhance the conference experience for participants and vendors and will provide a location where we can continue to grow.

We are also excited to include honey judging this year at the fall meeting.   Enter your honey and win bragging rights for your honey!

Based on past attendance, and central we expect over 200 beekeepers.   Several vendors will also be there with a variety of bee supplies for sale.  (Attending vendors will be listed online as they confirm their reservation).


 Registration Fees

$20 – OSBA Member Pre-Registered

$25 – OSBA Member at the door.  (Cash, Check or Credit card accepted at the door)

$30 – Non Member

$5  – OSBA Guest (Spouse of children under 18 with paid OSBA Member)

 OSBA Supports 4H! – 4H members can attend at the OSBA Member price!

 Online registration until October 28th

 (Credit Card or Paypal accepted online,  Credit cards will be accepted the day of the event.)

 Mail registration must be postmarked by October 21st

Click here for Online Registration or Download the Registration Info

 Walk in registration is welcome the day of the event.  However, lunch and the honey contest is available for pre-registration only.


Sneek Peak – Final Program  Guide

Keynote & Guest Speakers


Phil Craft will be our Keynote Speaker.   Phil served as the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture’s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and the University of Kentucky (BS in civil engineering). He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. He will be speaking on ‘Reducing Winter Colony Loss’ and ‘Varroa Mite Biology and Control’


Our guest speaker, Michael Bush, is the author of ‘The Practical Beekeeper – Beekeeping Naturally.   He will be speaking on ‘Lazy Beekeeping’ and ‘Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees’





Blue Sky Bee Supply

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

 Country Rubes’ Farm


Michael Bush – The Practical Beekeeper – Beekeeping Naturally


Mann Lake LTD

Simpsons Bee Supply

Thompson Bee Supply

Wicwas Press

(Additional vendors will be added as we receive confirmation they are coming.   Download the Vendor Information and Advertizing packet here.)




Honey Judging Event

 The 2013 fall conference will feature open honey judging.  Attendees will be able to observe the judging that takes place throughout the day.  Enter your honey and win prizes and bragging rights!

 We hope this will become an annual event at the fall meeting.



  • Open to OSBA Members only.
  • Entries must be pre-registered.
  • There is no cost to enter the honey contest this year.
  • The number and type of container required varies by category. (See the specifications in each category below).
  • Entries must be turned in during registration during the day of the event.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the closing session at the end of the day.
  • Entries may be picked up after the closing session.
  • Any entries not picked up after the closing session will become property of OSBA to be given away or disposed of.
  • All decisions by the judge are final.



  • Light (includes water white, extra white, white, extra light amber):  Three 1# glass gamber or queenline jars.
  • Dark (includes light amber, amber and dark amber): Three 1# glass gamber or queenline jars.
  • Granulated Honey:  Three wide mouth glass containers ranging between 12 oz to 1 ½ pounds.
  • Chunk Honey: Three wide mouth glass containers ranging from 12 oz to 1 ½ pounds.



  • First Prize:  Ribbon and $20 (one awarded in each category)
  • Second Prize: Ribbon and $10 (one awarded in each category)
  • Best of Show:  Rosette and $20


Preliminary Schedule



Registration – Hot beverage and donuts will be provided.


Presidents’ Welcome and Announcements.


Keynote Speaker – Phil Craft – Reducing Winter Colony Loss


Break – Visit the Vendors


Session 1

Auditorium:  Lazy Beeking – Michael Bush

Room 1:  Honey: Granulation & Liquification – Exploring the Unusual Physical Properties of Honey and Introducing Ultrasonification : A New Approach to Liquefying Your Honey.  – Alex Zomcheck

Room 2:  Making Mead – Brothers Drake

Computer Lab:  Using Facebook and Electronic Media to Keep Club Members and Potential Customers Updated.


Lunch!   Boxed lunch by Der Dutchman (prepaid only)


Session 2

Auditorium: Varroa Mite Biology and Control – Phil Craft

Room1:   Africanized Bees–In Your Yard? – Joseph Kovaleski

Room 2:  10 Reasons to Start Your 2014 Beekeeping Season Now – Alex Zomcheck

Computer Lab: Maps, Apps and Marketmaker – Julie Fox


Break – (Visit the Vendors)


Session 3

Auditorium: Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees – Michael Bush

Room 1:  The Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative – Dan O Hanlon

Room 2:  Measuring Pesticide Exposure and Effects on Honey Bees – Reed Johnson

Computer Lab:  Setting Up a Club Website.


Break – (Visit the Vendors)


Ask the Experts


Awards, Election Results, Business Meeting


Plain City Area Motel/Hotels
Country Inn Suites – 1155 Evansway Ct., Columbus, Oh 43228 …. 614.853.1257
Best Western Suites – 1133 Evansway Ct, Columbus, OH 43228 …. 614.870.2378
Hampton Inn  – 3950 Lyman Dr, Hilliard, OH , OH 43026 … 866.573.4235
Homewood Suites, 3841 Park Mill Run Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026 …. 866.573.4235
Comfort Suites- 3831 Park Mill Run Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026 … 866.573.4235
Motel Six– 870 St. Rt. 42 NE, London, OH … 740.852.9415



8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Event Category:


Ohio State Beekeepers Association


Tolles Career Center
7877 US Highway 42 S
Plain City, OH 43064 United States