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Registration: Spring 2011The meeting will be on the evening of March 4 and all day March 5, 2011. The registration costs are the same as last year. Pre-Registration forms are available at: http://www.gcbeekeepers.com/Documents/11_PRegistration_Packet.pdf
The Ohio State University & Tri-County Beekeeping Workshop (OTW) is the largest single-day beekeeping workshop in the United States. OTW is held annually on the first Saturday of March at OSU‘s OARDC campus in Wooster, Ohio. The workshop started out as a small meeting in 1978 and has grown to accomodate approximately 950 participants. The newest addition is a Friday night program and museum tour, this gives long distance participants an opportunity to listen to a talk(s) and socialize, which has proven very successful. The goals of the workshop are primarily educational and collaborative. The workshop allows expert speakers to introduce participants of all experience levels to new techniques, equipment, and research. It also provides a forum to hone traditional practices. Along with the main program, there are many vendors from across the country that sell beekeeping equipment and related material. Each year the workshop hosts a guessing contest, baked goods contest, scholarship raffle, door prizes, many vendors, and museum tours. The program has something for everyone—children (ages 5–12), beekeepers of all experience levels, and anyone with an interest in apiculture. In the morning participants can enjoy Troyer’s Amish Bakery’s famous cinnamon rolls, donuts, and fresh-made coffee. Lunch is catered by Des Dutch Essenhaus, a well-known Amish restaurant located in nearby Shreve, Ohio. The dinners consist of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, homemade pie and a dinner roll. Boxed lunches are available for those wanting a lighter lunch. Future plans for the OTW include a hands-on room where beekeepers can learn to put frames together and try new equipment. OTW will be on Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5, 2011.