2019 NC State Fair Booth Results

Alamance County Beekeepers Association
2019 NC State Fair Booth

Photo: Sheyenne Michelizzi

Thanks are due to all club members who participated by preparing and contributing entries that garnered a 1st place winning booth. Special thanks are due to Sheyenne Michelizzi, Zivon Price, and Johnny Mills for designing and assembling the booth and for coordinating the delivery and arrangement of all contributors entries.

County Display Booth Entries
Place: 1 County Display Booth (Sheyenne Michelizzi, Zivon Price, Johnny Mills)

Place: 1 Display 12 nectar-producing plants (Linda Leister & Geoff Leister)
Place: 2 Pure beeswax dipped candles (Catherine Parsons)
Place: 2 Chunk honey (Mike Ross)
Place: 4 Quilts-suitable for wall hanging (Roma Lloyd)
Place: 5 3-jars, 14 oz., Honey extracted, dark amber (Jennifer Welsh)
Place: 5 3-jars, 14 oz., Honey light amber (Paul Jollay)
Place: 6 3-jars, 14 oz. Honey extracted extra light (Mike Ross)

Photo by: Sheyenne Michelizzi

Members Individual Entries

Paul Jollay’s Entries
Place: 1 Special Awards Best in Show: Senior Division
Place: 1 3-jars, 14 oz., extracted, extra light
Place: 1 2-bottles non-carb. dry mead
Place: 2 2-bottles sweet mead
Place: 6 3-jars, 14 oz., extracted amber
Place: 6 3-jars, 14 oz., honey, light amber

Sheyenne Michelizzi’s Entries
Place: 1 Pure beeswax dipped candles
Place: 3 Novelty Items Beeswax

Nancy Montgomery Entry
Place: 1 Quilts-suitable for wall hanging

Ira Poston’s Entries
Place: 1 3-sections cut comb honey
Place: 3 1-comb for extracting
Place: 3 3-jars, 14 oz., extracted amber

Mike Ross’s Entries
Place: 1 Sweepstakes Awards Senior Sweepstakes
Place: 1 Bulk Display Pure beeswax single block
Place: 1 3-jars, 14 oz., chunk, comb, light
Place: 2 1-comb for extracting

Jennifer Welsh’s Entries
Place: 4 Cookies – plain, any flavor
Place: 4 Pure beeswax product display

Ariel Welsh’s Entries
Place: 1 Sweepstakes Awards Junior Sweepstakes
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition 1 B&W print honey bee/scene
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition 1 color print honey bee/scene
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition Beekeeping Coloring Book
Place: 2 Junior Honey Competition Display pure beeswax products
Place: 5 Foods cooked w/Honey-Juniors Cookies – any variety not list

Amber Welsh’s Entries
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition 3-jars, 14 oz.,extracted, light
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition 3-jars,14 oz. extracted, dark
Place: 1 Junior Honey Competition Display pure beeswax products
Place: 2 Foods cooked w/Honey-Juniors Cookies – Chocolate Chip
Place: 4 Junior Honey Competition 1-color print honey bee/scene

Photo: Cynthia Pierce

One part of the Alamance County Beekeepers Association State Fair Exhibit included a display of 12 Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants for which the club won 1st place. The 12 Bee Friendly Culinary and Aromatic Herb Fact Sheets for each herb entered are available for download individually as separate pages below or as a single 12 page PDF document HERE. Select a plant name to download.

1. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
2. Borage (Borago officinalis)
3. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
4. Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
5. Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum)
6. Sweet Marjoram or Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
7. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
8. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
9. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)
10. Thai Basil (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora)
11. English Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
12. Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Annual Ice Cream Social

It was a perfect day for our annual Ice Cream Social hosted by Don & Shirley Moore at Breezy Acres Apiary under the shade of several large pecan trees. Don welcomed and  introduced special guests Jerry & Betty Isley from Randolph County; Nancy Rupert, Bee Inspector, South Central region; Janno Lewis from Montgomery County; Don Hopkins, Bee Inspector, North Central Region; and Dr. Kathleen Kidd NC State Biological Control and Apiary Inspection Programs Administrator.

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Don outlined the planned afternoon activities that would start with demonstrations by Nancy Rupert and Don Hopkins. All of Don’s hives were on their second treatment with thymol based Apiguard, so he was particularly interested in checking the current population level of Varroa mites in two hives using the powdered sugar shake method. Don was also hopeful that these two hives were strong enough to split. In the end, no splits occurred after the inspections, but one NUC was created by downsizing a weak hive that was impacted by a low population of bees and hive beetles.

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Drone with two Varroa mites attached.

Drone with two Varroa mites attached.

After two hours in the bee yard, ice cream was served! Flavors included homemade banana, cherry, peach, persimmon, blueberry, French vanilla among others. The dessert selections also included pound cakes, blueberry crunch, brownies, orange cake, strawberry cake, apple cobbler, persimmon pudding, and old fashion strawberry among others. Bee yard talk and visiting continued into the late afternoon.

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The end to this perfect day came with the discovery of a recently emerged Luna Moth (Actias luna) expanding and drying its wings. The larvae feed on persimmon, sweet gum, walnut, sumacs and hickories. The adult moths do not feed and only live about one week.