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Beekeeper of the Year

Each year, KSBA recognizes one of its members as Beekeeper of the Year. This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to beekeeping, not only locally but also statewide. The recipient is announced at the KSBA Fall General Meeting.

Congratulations to Mike Mabry, the 2023 Beekeeper of the Year!

Nominations for the 2024 Beekeeper of the Year will open on September 1, 2024 and close September 30, 2024. Please send nominations to Joe TaylorAnyone can make a nomination. To make a nomination, connect with an officer of your local bee club. Write your nomination and in your own words, explain why the person you are nominating should be selected as KSBA Beekeeper of the Year. Next, your club officer will email the nomination to Joe Taylor. Each year in the fall, nominations will be reviewed and voted upon by a panel of the past Beekeeper of the Year award winners.

Watch the KSBA Beelines newsletter and news for information regarding Beekeeper of the Year nominations and recipients.

2023 KSBA Beekeeper of the Year Mike Mabry


2023: Mike Mabry

2022: Bonnie Joseph and Jessica Mayes

2021: Larry Young

2020: Neil Hunt

2019: David Shockey

2018: Dorothey Morgan and Larry Stone

2017: Shannon Trimboli

2016: Jim Hazelrigg. Lifetime Achievement Award to Phil Clark

2015: John Benham

2014: Bud Spath and Harris Overholt

2013: Tana Peers

2012: Kent Williams

2011: Joe Taylor and John Pace. Lifetime Achievement Award to Tammy Horn

2010: Betsy and Paul Stone

2009: Tammy Horn

2008: Phil Craft

2007: Randolph Richards

2006: Gordon Vernon

2005: Pank Mattingly

2004: Kent Williams

2003: Gerald Burchett

2002: Jed Davis

2001: Elsie Miller

2000: George Jones

1999: Doc Stuedle

KSBA Beekeepers of the Year Past and Present: Dorothey Morgan, Phil Craft, John Benham, Joe Taylor,  Bonnie Joseph, Jessica Mayes, Larry Young and Tammy Horn Potter

2022 Beekeeper of the Year Jessica Mayes and Bonnie Joseph

2022 Beekeeper of the Year Jessica Mayes and Bonnie Joseph

2021 Beekeeper of the Year Larry Young

2021 Beekeeper of the Year Larry Young

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