Beekeepers swarm to Rockland for annual meeting Oct. 14

Sep 07, 2017

Join the buzz and register today for the 2017 Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting, to held at Oceanside High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland, Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For the second year, the meeting is hosted by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers.

Featured speakers include Dr. Jim Tew, beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and emeritus professor, The Ohio State University; Dr. Anita Collins, retired U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist and a recognized authority on honey bee behavior and genetics; Lincoln Sennett, Swan's Honey, Albion; and Jennifer Lund, Maine State apiarist and bee inspector.

There will be a large silent raffle with items donated by vendors and beekeepers alike. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the raffle – beekeeping-related or not. Vendors, both beekeeping and others, will have tables with items for sale and information to share. Time is provided for vendor shopping and talking. Refreshment breaks and lunch are provided.

Everyone is invited to submit a 1-pound jar of liquid-extracted honey from their 2017 honey harvest for this year's Honey Tasting Contest. Entries will be tasted and evaluated by the attendees. Winners of first, second and third places will be announced at the end of the day.

To register and read more about the speakers, visit the MSBA website at http://mainebeekeepers.org/annual-meeting. Details about early and late registration costs and other information is detailed on the website.

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