OSBA STATE FAIR BEEKEEPER BOOTH
Beekeepers and their love of honey bees capture the true spirit of Oregon.
One of the favorite stops for generations at the Oregon State Fair is the Oregon State Beekeepers booth. The beautiful honey, creative displays, and fun kid activities, combined with the live bee exhibit, is an intriguing show-stopper on its own, but the informative hosts of the booth really keep the crowd interested. We need You!
You can help! We have 11 days of Fair to keep busy beekeepers even busier. No worries . . . it will be worth it!
There are two shifts a day, with three people needed per shift. This way, there can always be 1–2 people available in the booth, even if someone goes for a break (or a walk around the displays!). The shifts are 10 am–4 pm and 4 pm–10 pm. There is seating.
Volunteers receive a parking pass and free entry to the fair. We will get the passes into the mail to you ASAP, once the schedule is confirmed. We would like to see your local group take an entire shift, which makes it all the more fun.
We also need observation hives! If you can bring a hive in for 3–4 days, we will rotate with other beekeepers to be as considerate of the bees as possible.
This year, competition honey and other entries will be displayed within the booth, so fair-goers won’t have to search out products from the hive elsewhere on the fairgrounds.
There’s a cooking contest on Agriculture Day (August 30), and they’ve added a special category, Honey Salad Dressing—so get your entries in soon! Also, at 3 pm, the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s Marjorie Ehry will give a presentation on the Explore Oregon Showcase (stage) in Columbia Hall.
Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime, bringing the love of honey bees to more people.
To volunteer, please contact Bonnie King at email@example.com or Marjorie Ehry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the Fair!
The State Fair HONEY & PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE Competition
Dates to Keep in Mind:
OREGON STATE FAIR (August 24–September 3, 2018)
Today: Online Entry is OPEN NOW!
Thursday, August 16, 6 pm: Online Entry Deadline
Friday, August 17, noon–6 pm: Deliver Entries
Saturday, August 18, 10 am–3 pm: Deliver Entries
Thursday, August 30, 3:30 pm: Sweet as Honey Cooking Contest Delivery
Tuesday, September 4, noon–7 pm: Pick up entries
Wednesday, September 5, 10 am–2 pm: Pick up entries
Show us what you’ve got! This is your once-a-year opportunity to reveal to the world what you’ve been up to. Your honey bees are working every day to get their products into the Oregon State Fair, so make their dreams come true and ENTER the 2018 competition!
The 2018 Oregon State Fair Competitors Handbook includes the complete rules, division descriptions, and entry information for the “Honey and the Hive” competition (See: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf). It also gives you a heads up as to what the judges are looking for with a scorecard sample.
Before you get started, here are some things you should know:
• All exhibits must have been produced under the direct management of the Exhibitor and produced from the apiary of the Exhibitor between September 2017 and August 2018.
• Honey must be purely produced by bees with no additives and be true to the entry category.
• Junior exhibitors (17 and under) are encouraged, and will be judged against other junior entries.
• Exhibitors are limited to one entry per class and a maximum of 10 entries per person.
• Entries will be judged according to The Oregon State Beekeepers Association Standards or Welsh Honey Judging methods.
• Decision of Judges is final.
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded according to merit. The judges reserve the right to not award ribbons if standards are not met. Rosette ribbon(s) for Best of Division or Show may be awarded.
• Entries must be submitted and picked up according to entry schedule. The Fair is not responsible for any entries not picked up by 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
So, what should you enter?
Here is the list of categories for you to peruse. There are two levels for Honey Entries: Youth (17 years of age and younger) and Adult (Oregon Beekeeper). Youth may choose to compete with the adults.
240 – Youth (Ages 17 years and younger)
• Artistic Beeswax, molded or dipped (1 pound minimum)*
• Beeswax, any other
• Honey, Extracted (any variety) – 3 one pound, uniformly filled, Queenline or otherwise one pound or one pint glass/plastic jars
241 – Beekeeping Photo (Entries must be an 8″ x 10″ mounted photograph in a BLACK FRAME)
• Fair theme: “Where Fun Shines!”
• Bees and their Keepers
• Bees/Bee Colonies at work
242 – Beeswax
• Artistic Beeswax, molded or dipped (1 pound minimum)*
*Artistic Beeswax can be several shades of beeswax, i.e., brood or capping wax. Artificial enhancements accepted but should not overpower the beeswax.
• Beeswax Block – 1 block (1 pound minimum)
• Beeswax Candles, dipped – 2 dipped candles, 100 percent beeswax
• Beeswax Candles, molded- 2 molded candles, 100 percent beeswax
243 – Honey, Extracted (any variety)
Extracted Honey – 3 one pound, uniformly filled, Queenline or otherwise one pound or one pint glass/plastic jars
244 – Honey, Other (any variety)
• Chunk Honey Jar – 3 one pint or one pound jars
• Comb Honey section – 3 square or round sections comb honey
• Creamed – 3 one pint or one pound jars
• Cut Comb – 3 uniformly cut comb pieces (minimum 12 ounces each)
• Extracting Frame with Capped Honey Comb – one frame (any size)
Thursday, August 30, 4:00 pm (Drop off at 3:30 pm)
Create a Salad Dressing using Honey. Must have honey as an ingredient.
Recipe must be attached to your salad dressing bottle
Limited to 15 contestants – Enter Early!
HONEY & PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE COMPETITION:
Ready, Set, WIN! To enter the Competition:
1. Go to the 2018 Handbook and read the complete rules, division descriptions, and entry information. The Handbook also includes Scorecard Samples, for additional information. (View at: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf)
2. Next, go to http://oregon.fairmanager.com.
3. Click “Register” (or “Sign In” for return visits).
4. After completing the online registration, be sure to print and bring a copy of your detailed online entry receipt with your entries when you bring them to the Fair.
We are excited about your entries. Beekeeping in Oregon is more than just a fad, it’s a way of life, and it’s important to demonstrate the depth of this industry to all that come our way.
Thank you, and Good Luck! See you at the Fair!