Beekeepers from around the state will converge on Oceanside High School, 400 Broadway, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the Maine State Beekeepers Association holds its annual meeting and conference.

Hosted this year by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, the day-long conference includes speakers Dr. Tom Seeley, biologist, professor and author of "Honeybee Democracy" (2010) and "Following the Wild Bees" (2016); Lincoln Sennett of Swan's Honey in Albion; Bates College Assistant Professor Dr. Carla Essenberg; and former Maine State Apiarist and bee inspector Tony Jadczak.

The annual conference is expected to draw as many as 250 beekeepers and is open to all members of the MSBA and a non-member guest. Those attending can join MSBA at the door for $15 for an individual or $22 for a family. The cost to attend the conference is $25 if tickets are purchased before Oct. 8 at and $35 after Oct. 8, including at the door. Lunch, drinks and two raffle tickets are included in the ticket price.

Checks should be made payable to MSBA and mailed to: MSBA Annual Meeting, c/o Matthew Mank, 163 Sprague Road, Washington, ME 04574

The conference includes a raffle fundraiser offering chances to win a variety of beekeeping and honey extracting equipment, tools and supplies, along with other donated goods and services. There will also be a honey-tasting contest, so bring a half-pint of honey to enter the contest.

The MSBA Annual Business Meeting is from 11:35 a.m. to noon, and includes Beekeeper of the Year awards and election results for officers. For more information, visit or

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