The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) have two honey booths this year!
Our West Wing booth will continue to sell excellent, local honey from all KSBA members across the state. It is located next to the Bees and Honey exhibit which will include an observation honey bee hive and all the honey fair entries.
New to the KSBA this year is our Certified Kentucky Honey booth in Agland (South Wing). This booth has two goals: promoting the purchase of Certified Kentucky Honey and educating the general public about honey bees and Certified Kentucky Honey. We will be selling honey products from our Certified Producers along with a human sized honey bee hive (without live bees) so the public can be immersed on the workings inside a honey bee colony. Additionally, we will also be providing brochures about beekeeping for beekeepers and the general public.
A real treat this year is the attendance of the 2019 American Honey Queen (August 16-20th). She will make appearances at the Kentucky State Fair during her stay, speaking to fair-goers about importance of honeybees to the public’s daily lives and how honeybee pollination connects our diverse society. She will also share the information on how honey is a restorative resource through daily demonstrations. Hannah will make appearance throughout the fairgrounds and will be present at the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association exhibit.
Hannah is the 21-year-old daughter of Douglas and Kim Sjostrom of Maiden Rock, WI. She is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, studying nursing. Hannah plans to spend her nursing career in an oncology unit. She is a third generation beekeeper, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, Edwin.
As the 2019 American Honey Queen, Hannah serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. The American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Hannah will travel throughout the United States in 2019. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Hannah served as the 2018 Wisconsin Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.
The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.