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Monday, 20 June 2016 - Monthly Meeting
Jim Alexander: Beekeeping Tips and Tricks

Monday, 18 July 2016 - Monthly Meeting
Jennifer Berry: Queen Rearing

Saturday, ?? August 2016 - Honey Bee Jamboree with the EPBA

Monday, 19 September 2016 - Monthly Meeting
UGA Bee Lab: Research at UGA

Welcome to the Oglethorpe County Bee Club. Trying to manage honey bees necessarily makes one humble if you are not already there, and we think our name accurately describes us as an informal group of neighbors. Many of us are members of the Georgia Beekeepers Association and the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association now hosted by the Campbell Research and Educational Center at the University of Georgia Horticultural Farm outside somewhat distant Watkinsville, but our focus is more local. It is first to make us beekeepers and then beekeepers of our county neighbors.

We are here to especially help beginning beekeepers. Beekeeping is a unique mixture of tradition, experiment, and outright guesswork in managing social insects with minds of their own. One must first rely on others for bees, for advice and help in handling them, and for processing of the honey. The vagaries of weather and of insect behavior can be daunting. There are substantial costs in equipment and time before personally enjoying the pleasures and rewards of beekeeping. We are here to help get you to that space. And the rewards are many, whether measured in number of hours simply enjoying watching the bees or in the number of gallons of honey or pounds of wax or pollen.

Our Monthly Program and Business Meeting are at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of the month at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau at 925 Athens Road (Highway 78) in Crawford. Directions are Here. There is a potluck meal at 6:15 pm before the Meeting. The Business Meeting and Educational Program are then held, usually with an outside speaker.

These pages detail our history and what we are doing and what we are learning. We hope you will find them of interest and will consider joining our Club. We will be pleased to meet you!
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20 June 2016 Monthly Meeting - Bruce Morgan

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18 July 2016 Monthly Meeting - Jennifer Berry

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21 May 2016 Marigold Festival

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16 May 2016 Monthly Meeting - Club Members

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18 April 2016 Monthly Meeting - Will Dix

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21 March 2016 Monthly Meeting - Keith Fielder

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21 February 2016 Monthly Meeting - Gene Regnet

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18 January 2016 Monthly Meeting - Bruce Morgan

We had our regular monthly Club meeting on Monday, 18 January at 7:00 pm at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau. The meeting was preceeded by our usual potluck dinner for those wishing to visit before the meeting. Doors opened at 6:15 pm.

Our speaker was Bruce Morgan, an avid beekeeper who has owened and operated Morgan Apiaries with his wife, Theresa, since 2006. In 2013, Bruce was named The Georgia Beekeeper of the Year by The Georgia Beekeeper Association. Bruce presented a program on basic beekeeping and mistakes made in the bee yard.
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21 December 2015 Monthly Meeting

The Club held its now annual holiday meeting with a potluck dinner, the election of officers for 2016, recognition of outgoing Chairperson Lisa Longo, and raffles of modest items provided by participants.

The Officers for 2016 were elected as follows: Chairperson - Joe Conti; Vice-Chairperson - Barbara Read; Secretary - Lisa Longo; Treasurer - Tom Hankins; Communications Chairperson - Lamara Martin; Program Chairperson - Unfilled at present; At-large Member - Ted Adams; and At-large Member - Floyd Phillips.

Appointed Positions include: Web Development - Glenn Galau; and Librarian - Unfilled at present.












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21 November Workshop - Mite Counts and Oxalic Acid Treatment










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16 November Monthly Meeting - Cyndi Ball

Our speaker was Cyndi Ball. She gave us a brief overview of her farm and her interests and teaching in homesteading. Cyndi told us how to collect and purify beeswax and its uses. She also demonstratd how to make luminaries with beeswax.

Cyndi lives on a 7 acre farm where she and her family raise their own meat, grow their own vegetables and fruit, use the goat's milk to drink and make cheese and have fresh eggs from their chickens. Their experiences with homesteading, organic farming, homeschooling, and more are detailed at thelazybfarm.com, the blog lazybfarm.wordpress.com and other venues. Cyndi has been beekeeping for many years and received her certification for beekeeping in May 2009. She also hosts a beekeeping course at her place, The Lazy B Farm in Statham in which she and Bill Owens, conduct a series of five three-hour monthly classes for those who are serious about beekeeping as a hobby and want to acquire their own bees. The classes begin with the very basics and build up until you attend the Honey Harvest in June. Several members of the Oglethorpe County Bee Club have taken this very informative course. Cyndi can now test applicants for Bee Certification and she and Bill Owens have taught a Junior Beekeeper Course to students aged 7-8 yr.

She gave very interesting and animated talks to our Club on 15 March 2010 about the nutritional and medical uses of honey, and on 21 April 2014 about her experience in teaching beekeeping, and most recently spoke at our 2015 Beekeepers Short Course, described immediately below, about herbal uses of local plants and how to use them for creams and soaps.
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24 October 2015 - Beekeepers Short Course

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club held a Beekeepers Short Course on Saturday 24 October at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau. Doors opened at 8:00 am for coffee and snacks. Lunch and break refreshments were also provided during the day. Thirty-four students attended.

The speakers and their subjects were: Bruce Morgan: 'Equipment and Getting Started'
Cyndi Ball: 'Treasures from the Hive'
Joe Conti: 'Bee Biology'
Bob Binnie: 'Hive Management'
Will Dix: 'Year Around Bee Keeping
Bill Owens: 'Harvesting and Extracting Honey'
Dan Harris: 'Diseases and Pest Management'
Bios of the speakers can be found Here.




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Joe Conti
Bob Binnie
Bill Owens

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21 September 2015 - Bill Owens

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club held its regular monthly meeting on Monday 21 September 2015 at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau. Doors opened at 6 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. A program and business meeting followed at 7 pm. Bill Owens returned for his seventh visit to the club. Please see his short bio listed under the speakers for the 24 October 2015 Beekeepers Short Course.
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15 August 2015 Honey Bee Jamboree

On Saturday, 15 August 2015, the Oglethorpe County Bee Club and the Eastern Piedmont Bee Club held their Second Annual Honey Bee Jamboree and Picnic at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau.

Last year's Jamboree was a huge success, even though it rained. The weather this year was excellent. There was a picnic with side dishes provided by attendees. There were three cash awards for the best-tasting honey as determined by blind taste tests by all of those in attendance.
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Photos by Carol Williamson and Glenn Galau © 2015
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15 June 2015 Meeting - Joe Conti

Club Vice-Chairperson Joe Conti talked about making hive splits. He is a long-term beekeeper and has been with the Club for many years. Most recently, he has led Workshops with the Club's Demonstration Hives. These events included inspecting colonies, spliting colonies, and harvesting honey.

Member David King passed around what he thought was a Japanese Hornet which in numbers can destroy hives very quickly. Jennifer Berry later identified it as a European Hornet.
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13 June 2015 Workshop - Harvesting Honey

Seven Club members harvested about 15 medium frames of honey from the Club's Denomstration Hives on 13 June 2015. The harvest was led by Joe Conti with the help of Ted Adams.

In the first row of photos, Joe and Ted attempt to untangle an extension cord to run from a bee (leaf) blower to the nearest exterior electrical outlet at the resident's house. Upon removal of virtually empty supers on the first colony to be examined, we hit paydirt, an almost perfect comb of capped honey with few attendent bees. Into a collection box it went.

In the second row, while collecting frames of honey, we redistributed partial frames of honey and brood within and between colonies and attended to other duties such as removing burr comb. Frames of brood had large numbers of nurse bees and if we were moving it to another colony we did not want them introduced to a new environment so Joe just thumped the frame on the ground, knocking most of the bees onto the ground. They immediately aggregated and started to walk toward their parent hive. One of us put a stick in front of them as a bridge into the entrance, which most of them used. An amazing demonstration of bee behavior.

In the third row of photos, ten medium frames of honey in a box is very heavy and required two persons to move it to the bee blowing station. Ted Adams uses the leaf blower to remove most of those bees that were not removed earlier with a brush or by hand. Finally, three 10-frame medium supers of honey destined for Joe's extractor. The yield was over five gallons of excellent honey which we will sell for the first time as our own genuine Club honey. Thanks especially to Joe Conti for leading the harvest and extracting the honey!
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18 May 2015 Meeting - Virginia Webb

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club had its regular monthly meeting on Monday, 18 May 2015 at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau at 925 Athens Road (Highway 78) in Crawford. Doors opened at 6:00 pm and there was a covered-dish dinner at 6:15 pm.

Virginia and Carl Webb own MtnHoney in Clarksville GA. They have won many awards in local, state, national and international honey shows. Over the past 19 years, they have received more than 100 1st Place Awards including 20 Best of Show Awards for honey and beeswax entries. In 2005 at the first ever World Honey Show held in Dublin, Ireland the Webb's Sourwood Honey won "BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD". Again in 2009, at the World Honey Show, held in Montpellier, France, the Webb's Sourwood Honey won the Gold Medal for "BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD". They are the only beekeepers to win this award twice. Their Web site is MtnHoney.com.

Viginia Webb returned for her second visit to our Club. On 16 August 2010, Virginia Webb put on her judging lab coat and cap and kept our club members enthralled as she described the various categories of honey, chunk honey, boxed comb, wax and wax candles and how they were to be prepared and packaged for judging. For each she had examples and stories of good and not-so-good entries. She is an informative and dynamic speaker.

Her husband Carl spoke to our Club on 18 August 2014 about their Russian honeybee breeding as a member of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association, including its history, the goals and methods used in its breeding program and the responsibilities of its breeders. He also described the characteristics of the breed, especially its resistance to tracheal and varroa mites. Carl encouraged us to try the breed.

Virgina talked about preparing honey show entries, the 2009 meeting of the Apimondia International Apicultural Congress and the bid by the United States to host the 2019 Apimondia. The Club later voted to donate $100 to that effort.
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Photos by Carol Williamson © 2015
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20 April 2015 Meeting - Slade Jerret

Our speaker for the evening was Slade Jerret. Slade and his wife Kristie own Jarrett Apiaries near Baldwin in northeast Georgia. It is a full-service bee business with their own equipment, hive products, nucs and package bees for sale. Slade spoke about Maintaining Hives and about their Queen-Rearing business. It was Slade's first visit to our Club and a very informative event!
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16 March 2015 Meeting - Jennifer Berry

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club had a meeting on Monday, 16 March 2015. Doors opened at 6:00 and there was a covered-dish dinner at 6:15.

Jennifer Berry, Research Coordinator and Lab Manager at the University of Georgia Bee Lab outside Watkinsville, gave an excellent commentary on this year's behavior of colonies and predictions for the near future. She also answered a wide variety of questions from Club members and guests.

Jennifer gave presentations to the Club on 18 October 2010 and 19 September 2011 and helped inspect and distribute nucs to several Club members on 12 May 2010. To quote from the above on-line cv, "She is actively involved in all aspects of honey bee research and education for the state of Georgia. Her primary areas of research have been a queen breeding program and Integrated Pest Management work for varroa mite control. The breeding project is a long term program in which resistant stock is continually selected for as well as traits for honey production, brood production and gentleness." She manages about 300 colonies at the Bee Lab and about 200 colonies of her own.

Jennifer travels extensively and speaks to local, state, national and international beekeeping associations. She was 2006 President of the Eastern Apicultural Society and successfully held that year's meeting in Young Harris, Georgia. She writes a monthly article for Bee Culture magazine.

Commentary at 2015 Meetings.
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15 March 2015 Demonstration Hive Workshop

In order to try to prevent it from swarming, Club members split one of our Demonstration Hives at 536 Black Snake Rd, near Arnoldsville in the Wolfskin District of Oglethorpe County. The ten-frame colony No. 1 was split. The new deep box of the derivative colony, designated colony No. 3, received several frames of brood and eggs from the No. 1 deep brood box and frames of undrawn foundation. Frames of brood and honey from the two medium boxes of colony No. 1 were added to a new medium box placed on colony No. 3. The entrance was reduced with a segment of a pine tree branch.

One new medium boxes with new foundation was also placed on top of both colonies No. 1 and 2 and each received metal queen excluders above the first medium box. None of the colonies were fed. The new equipment was a perfect fit for what we needed. Thanks to Lisa Longo for purchasing it and painting it the morning of the split.

Photos and commentary to follow.
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07 March 2015 Demonstration Hive Workshop

Club members and guests did a complete inspection of our two Demonstration Hives at 536 Black Snake Rd, near Arnoldsville in the Wolfskin District of Oglethorpe County. Both were strong. Colony No. 2 is eight frame with one deep brood box and one medium box. It had a moderate infestation of small hive beetles. Colony No. 1 is ten frame with one deep brood box and two medium boxes. It had a moderate infestation of Varroa mites. Drone brood on the bottoms and tops of frames were removed to reduce the future increase in mites. Both queens were seen and brood patterns were fine. Colony No. 1 was considered to be a good candidate for swarming and thus for splitting in the near future.

Photos and commentary to follow.
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16 February 2015 Meeting - Ed Bez

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club had a meeting on Monday, 16 February 2015. Doors opened at 6:00 and there was a Mexican dinner at 6:15 prepared by Lisa Longo and Carol Williams with contributions of side dishes by other Club members.

We began the meeting at the regular time of 7 pm. The speaker was Dr. Ed Bez, president of the Biblical Botanical Garden Society, Oxford GA. Dr. Bez is an avocational archeologist and Master Gardener with 25 years of excavating in the Middle East. He is a biblical scholar specializing in the Flora of the Bible. He lived in Isreal with his wife, Rachel, becoming certified in biblical flora and their care and propagation.

He is partner with his son, Mark, who is a bee farmer in central Flordia who owns Sweet Oasis Apiary. Dr. Bez lives with his wife in Conyers and serves as Education Pastor at The Church in Covington. He designs and installs biblical gardens around the USA.

He recognizes the critical role of bees for pollination. Flora and bees are inseparable. His lecture, Bee-dassled by History: Bees in the Archeological Record, demonstrated that relationship from ancient times to modern.

He began by showing images of honey bees and relatives of honey bees trapped in amber. Other evidence suggest that honey bees were in existance as long ago as 130 million years before present. Cave paintings in Spain from 13,000 years before present are interpreted to show humans collecting bees to eat, following the habits of local bee-eating birds, Merops apiaster. He noted that at a site from 5,500 years before present in the mideast, honey had been discovered in well-sealed vessels. It was still editable, though had a layer of hydrogen peroxide on top, a break-down product of honey (which is found in low concentration in new honey and contributes to the antimicrobial property of honey).

Dr. Bez then recounted the use of honey and propolis in more recent times. The Egyptians used propolis to glue hair in wigs; honey was often a gift to the god; the Romans established centers for beekeeping across their empire and declared that non-aristocrats could not eat either strawberrys or honey upon pain of death.

Upon the collapse of the Roman Empire in about 450 AD, beekeeping survived in the hands of Monks and Nuns of the Catholic Church. In early 1500, Henry VIII of England, in his separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, prohibited beekeeping by the Catholic Church.

Dr. Bez highly recommended the book Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation by Tammy Horn. This book was reviewed by Joe Conti during the 16 December 2013 meeting. Dr. Dez kindly donated his honorarium back to the Club for its purchase of that book for its library.

More images are at 2015 Meetings.
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19 January 2015 Meeting - Bruce Morgan

The Oglethorpe County Bee Club met on Monday, 19 January 2015. We began the meeting at the regular time 7 pm. The doors opened at 6:00 pm. Our new president, Lisa Longo, thought it would be nice to start the year with a meal together before the meeting. We had the meal ready by 6:15 for the speaker and any club members who care to join us.

The speaker was Bruce Morgan. Bruce and his wife own and operate Morgan Apiaries in Hancock County. Bruce was named Georgia Beekeeper of the Year for 2013 by the Georgia Beekeeping Association. An avid beekeeper and member of several beekeeping associations, Bruce enjoys teaching and sharing his love of bees. Bruce gave a presentation on the value of nuc boxes in the beeyard. He emphasized that nucs were beneficial because they could be used to:
1. Help prevent swarming (place frames from overcrowded hives into nucs)
2. Help producing colonies stay strong (add nuc frames to your producing colonies if they are in need of
    more foragers)
3. Help deal with queen issues (need a queen, raise one in a nuc box; or use the one in the nuc box to
    requeen a producing colony)
4. Help boost a weak colony (nuc bees can be added to a weak colony, for example, one just coming off
    a difficult winter)
5. House a swarm (easier to maneuver a nuc box than a larger box; or, transfer newly captured swarm
    into a nuc box to let them get established in a smaller space = greater success)
6. Make money (if you are interested in selling nucs = $145/nuc)
Bruce recommended that a good setup for a nuc is to have 2 frames of eggs, 1 frame of brood, 1 frame of pollen/honey , and 1 empty frame, preferably with drawn comb (for a laying queen if you have one); if these frames are taken out of 1 producing hive, you will have to feed that producing hive because of the severe drain on that population. It would be better to remove frames of this sort from a combination of several hives rather than just one. Also, a good rule of thumb is to have at least 1 nuc for every 2 producing hives.
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15 December 2014 Meeting

The Club had its Annual End-of-the-Year Holiday Covered Dish Dinner at its monthly meeting on 15 December at 6:30 pm at The Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau. We also elected club officers and other Board members for 2015 and received the yearly reports of the 2014 officers. Of special note was the presention of a very nice award to our outgoing 2014 Chairperson Betty Ward.

More images are at 2014 Meetings.
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15 November 2014 Visit to Blue Ridge Honey Company

There was a field trip on Saturday 15 November 2014 to the new Blue Ridge Honey Company store in Lakemont, Georgia. This was held along with members of the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association. Owner Bob Binnie, who most of us know from his many presentations to our Club, gave us a tour of his honey processing operation and showroom. His prices are very good for honey and beekeeping equipment. Afterwards members enjoyed lunch at a local BBQ.
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20 October 2014 Meeting - Dan Harris

Dan Harris returned for his second visit to the club, the first being on 19 September 2011. He is the owner of Booger Hill Bee Company of Danielsville and Marietta. He also offers several introductory beekeeping classes, for instance at Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw and The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens.

His topic was overwintering. He also answered questions on a wide variety of subjects.
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15 September 2015 Meeting - Bill Owens

Bill Owens returned for his fifth visit to the club. Descriptions of his earlier visits can be found on the meeting pages for 19 April 2010, 21 March 2011, 20 August 2012 and 19 August 2013.

Tonight he primarily answered written questions about his tips and tricks about beekeeping. As usual, an informative and exciting visit.
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13 September 2014 Honeybee Festival

The Club had a booth at the 5th Annual Honeybee Festival held at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. This event was part of a much larger number of events throughout Gwinnett County over three days. Our participation was judged a great success.
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18 August Meeting - Carl Webb

Our speaker for the evening was Carl Webb. He and his wife Virginia own MtnHoney in Clarksville GA. They have won many awards in local, state, national and international honey shows. Over the past 19 years, they have received more than 100 1st Place Awards including 20 Best of Show Awards for honey and beeswax entries. In 2005 at the first ever World Honey Show held in Dublin, Ireland the Webb's Sourwood Honey won "BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD". Again in 2009, at the World Honey Show, held in Montpellier, France, the Webb's Sourwood Honey won the Gold Medal for "BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD". They are the only beekeepers to win this award twice. Their Web site is MtnHoney.com

On 16 August 2010, Virginia Webb put on her judging lab coat and cap and kept our club members enthralled as she described the various categories of honey, chunk honey, boxed comb, wax and wax candles and how they were to be prepared and packaged for judging. For each she had examples and stories of good and not-so-good entries.

Tonight, Carl introduced us to the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association, including its history, the goals and methods used in its breeding program and the responsibilities of its breeders. He also described the characteristics of the breed, especially its resistance to tracheal and varroa mites. Carl encouraged us to try the breed.
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Carl Webb, 18 August 2014, OC Bee Club

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19 July 2014 Honeybee Jamboree and Picnic

The members of our Club and the members of the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association held a joint Honeybee Jamboree and Picnic at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau on Saturday 19 July 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Although rain forced us inside (except for our cook who did the hot dogs and hamburgers), spirits were not dampened and the event went very well indeed. There was a meal with lots of donated food items, exhibits of bee-related items by members, and lots of talking. Perhaps the main event was a Black Jar Honey Contest with honey harvested this year. There were eleven entries which were each assigned a number and those in attendance tasted each (some many times!) and then voted, only once, for the best-tasting honey by its number. After lunch, the votes were counted and the winners were: Third Place ($10 Prize) Joe Conti; Second Place ($20 Prize) Ted Adams; and First Place ($40 Prize) Cory Momany. In the blind taste test, rumor has it that none of the prize winners voted for their own honey.

Thanks to many members that helped make the event such a success!
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Tasting the eleven honey entries, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   Indoor bean-bag game with honeybee targets, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   Bee products and fresh produce by Wildwood Farms, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014
Jewelry by Sghilliard Glass Studio, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014
Third Prize Winner, Joe Conti, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   Second Prize Winner, Ted Adams, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014   First Prize Winner, Cory Momany, Joint Bee Jamboree, 19 July 2014

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