Convention begins today at agricultural center

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County will play host to the 93rd Annual Florida State Beekeepers Association Convention and the 3rd annual UF/IFAS Beekeeping in the Panhandle Field Day & Trade Show beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, and concluding on Saturday, Nov. 2.

This tradeshow is part of the Florida State Beekeepers Association meeting, but is also eligible for individual registration. This event includes three days’ worth of educational content about the art and science of beekeeping.

 Florida State Beekeepers Association Convention Events will kick off Thursday with a Master Beekeepers Examination and evening Fish Fry. Friday will encompass the body of the convention.  

Keynote Speakers and notable attendees include State Representative Marti Coley and State Senator Greg Evers, 2013 Florida Honey Queen Susannah, Washington County Commissioner Chairman Alan Bush and Chipley Mayor Linda Cain. Numerous educational speakers and hands on learning events will follow.

 The evening will be capped off by a Honey Show, Banquet and Auction.

 Saturday’s Beekeeping Field Day & Trade Show will have Beekeeping Updates by UF IFAS bee expert Dr. Jamie Ellis as well as cooking with honey demos, Q&A Session with Bee Inspectors, hive demonstrations and a beehive smoker contest. Eleven vendors from the Beekeeping Industry will be set up for the benefit of attendees. Available throughout the events will be door prizes, goodie bags and refreshments. The cost for the Field Day alone is $15, and the cost for the entire three days is $90.

 The organizations responsible for implementing these events include the Central Panhandle Beekeepers Association, Chipola Beekeepers Association, Tupelo Beekeepers Association, Washington and Jackson County Tourist Development Councils, and the UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team.

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