Press Release from the American Beekeeping Federation June 17, 2014
Susannah Austin, the 2014 American Honey Queen, will visit Los Angeles, CA September 8-15 as part of her National Honey Month tour. She will be a guest of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Associations at the Los Angeles County Fair, speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to the public’s daily lives and how, from city to country, everyone can help the honeybee. She will also demonstrate how honey comes in a kaleidoscope of colors.
Susannah is the 20-year-old daughter of Kris and Catherine Austin of Orlando, FL. She is a junior at the University of Central Florida, pursing a degree in biology, with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Susannah’s family began beekeeping through a 4-H project over 10 years ago.
As the 2014 American Honey Queen, Susannah serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. The Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such, Queen Susannah will travel throughout the United States during her year-long reign. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Susannah served as the 2013 Florida Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via television and radio interviews, and in schools.
The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.
For more information on Queen Susannah’s California visit and to schedule an interview, contact Bill Lewis at 818.312.1691.
(Note: The Los Angeles County Fair runs from August 29 - September 28, 2014. Stop by the Bee Booth. Los Angeles County Beekeepers will be on hand talking about bees, beekeeping, pollination and the importance of honey bees in our lives. Check out the observation hive.)