The 2019 Oregon State Fair is getting closer every day, so it’s time to get ready! Please add August 23–September 2, 2019, to your calendar . . . we need you! The OSBA has always had a strong, enthusiastic showing, and this year will be even sweeter.
The Fair is a great opportunity to help enlighten the general public, promoting the importance of beekeeping and pollinator health, while doing what most of us do best, chatting about bees!
We hope to have OSBA members as well as members from all of our Oregon associations hosting the booth at some point throughout the eleven days of the fair.
* Sign up for a 4-hour shift. There will be 3–4 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. Consider coming together as a group! The 4-hour shifts are: 10 am–2 pm, 2 pm–6 pm, and 6 pm–10 pm (11 pm on Friday/Saturday).
Volunteers get a free pass to the fair for the day & free parking very close to our building.
* We need nucs for observation hives to display on a two-day rotational basis. Be part of a critical role to manage this important component of our exhibit.
* We will have the Oregon Honey Bear walk around a couple of hours a day. It’s a full costume, for a medium-size adult. If you’re interested in spending two hours in the Honey Bear suit, please say so!
* If you have construction or exhibit experience, we could use your assistance to set up our exhibit on August 20–21 and/or tear down the booth on Tuesday, September 3.
Show your honey and products from the hive. Competition is broken into Youth and Adult divisions, though youth can also choose to compete with the adults.
You can find the 2019 Honey and Products of the Hive Handbook with guidelines for the competition in the Creative Living section on the state fair website: oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-living/agriculture-horticulture or download HERE.
Competition honey and other entries will be displayed within the booth.
Congratulations to all who placed in 2018!
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The beautiful honey, creative displays, fun kid activities, and live bee exhibits are show-stoppers, but the informative hosts of the booth are what really keep the crowd interested.
You, beekeepers, are the true spirit of Oregon. Please join us at the Fair.
To volunteer, please email Bonnie King at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 503.864.2100. Thank you!