The 2015 Oregon State Fair has come and gone. The 2015 Bee Booth was a HUGE success! Once again the Oregon State Beekeepers Association and affiliated clubs succeeded in building a first class bee booth for the 150th Oregon State Fair. The booth showcased OSBA and affiliated clubs as a positive influence on the honey bee and beekeepers in Oregon. Major kudos to Trevor Riches, Event Committee Chair, the Event Committee, and all the volunteers who made the 2015 booth possible!
This year’s booth included not only all the wonderful things the bee booth has presented in the past, but featured a new video: Oregon’s Beekeepers. The honey and picture judging results are further in this article. Congratulations to everyone who entered their products of the hive and double congratulations to those who won!
2015 Oregon State Fair Changes
The Oregon State Fair was taken over in 2015 by a quasi private entity named the Oregon State Fair Council. We have been treated more than fairly by this new entity with all our requests and more having been met during the planning year and during the Fair itself.
The Creative Living Competitions were moved this year from the Jackman-Long Building to the Columbia Hall building, a much smaller area.We had half the space that we enjoyed in 2014 which was to be expected given the overall space reduction in Creative-Living. We succeeded in creating a terrific educational booth for the Oregon State Beekeeping Association and its affiliated clubs.
Beekeepers of Oregon
OSBA is extremely proud to have a new addition to the booth this year in the form of “Hivideo”. This comprised of two monitors,speakers and a media player encased in a “beehive” structure.
Trevor Riches, Todd Bartlem, Bunny Carter, and Bill Catherall interviewed and filmed a cross section of Oregon beekeepers to create this wonderful collection of stories. Bill did one heck of a job with the final production and voice over for the finished product that resulted in an informative, educational, professional production that appealed to everyone that visited the booth. Fred Mann did an outstanding job under the guidance of Todd Bartlem building the “hive” in which the monitors playing the video were housed. Please give these people a well-deserved pat on the back when you next see them!
The Booth, in Pictures
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Honey Show Results
|CLASS||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Extracted Honey LIGHT||Shelley Gowell||Gene Doyle||Mark Minzlaff|
|Extracted Honey AMBER||Shelley Gowell||Gene Doyle||Mark Horner|
|Extracted Honey DARK||Amber Reese||Steven Coffman||Kerry Haskins|
|Extracted Honey YOUTH||Aliza Stapleton||Zane Minzlaff||Beatrice Stapleton|
|Extracting Frame||Rob Dellenback||Shelley Gowell||none|
|Chunk Honey Jar||Judy Scher||none||none|
|Beeswax Block||Mark Minzlaff||Gene Doyle||Ciera Wilson|
|Beeswax Candle Molded||Steven Coffman||Ciera Wilson||none|
|Beekeeping Photo Bee Colonies at Work||Esme Weil||David Matis||none|
|Beekeeping Photo Bess and their Keepers||Tyler Lazz||Jacob Weil||Esme Weil|
|Beekeeping Photo Special YOUTH||Zirk Weil||none||none|
|Comb Honey Section Square||Judy Scher||none||none|
|Comb Honey Section Round||Ciera Wilson||none||none|
The Best 2015 State Fair Volunteers!
It seems that time is an increasingly valuable commodity these days, with all that we have to deal with on a daily basis, yet volunteers make the effort and step forward for this very important event each year. OSBA cannot give enough thanks to those who gave their time to staff the booth, set up the display, and take it back down after the fair ended. Without these gracious volunteers, there would not be a bee booth.