The Oregon State Fair is just around the corner! That’s right, summer has not even started and we’re planning our booth, which means we’re really excited. The theme of the 2018 Oregon State Fair is “Where Fun Shines,” which the bees should love! The OSBA will have an impressive booth at the Fair as is our long-standing tradition, bringing honey bees into the spotlight for generations of Oregonians.
The 2018 fair runs August 24–September 3. You can be a part of the Oregon State Fair experience by helping out with our booth! This is a great opportunity to promote the importance of beekeeping and pollinator health to the general public, and it’s a lot of fun.
We hope to have members from all of our Oregon chapters hosting the booth at some point throughout the 11 days of the fair.
Signup for 6-hour shifts is now available. There will be three people per shift, so there is plenty of coverage for breaks. We need people of all levels of experience to interact with the public every day.
Volunteers get a free pass to the fair for the day, free parking, and the opportunity to share the love of honey bees to thousands of people.
We will also need observation hives to display on a rotational basis. If you know the ins and outs of observation hives, you can be part of a critical role to manage that important component of the exhibit.
If you have construction or exhibit experience, we could use your assistance to set up our exhibit in the 10 x 40-foot booth on Thursday, August 23, and tear down the booth on Tuesday, September 4.
Enter the Competition
Show your stuff ! Bring your honey and products from the hive. Competition is broken into divisions for youth and adults, though young folks can also choose to compete with the adults. The fair rules will be available soon. For more info, go to: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf.
Oregon is “Where Fun Shines,” especially if you’re a honey bee! This is going to be a great fair. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, please contact booth coordinator Bonnie King at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marjorie Ehry at email@example.com. See you at the fair!