LA County Fair Bee Booth Sign Up

From Stacy McKenna, LACBA secretary: "The Fair Sign-ups are now available at Volunteer Spot. You should have received an email from them on Cyndi’s behalf, asking you to sign up for the fair. If Volunteer Spot doesn’t recognize your email, please get in touch with Cyndi to have yourself added so you can sign up. Even if you don’t think you know anything about bees, you will by the time your first shift is over, and you’ll get free parking and a ticket to enjoy the fair for the rest of the day for your trouble!
Thanks to everyone for helping out with our biggest educational and fundraising event of the year!"

The American Honey Queen in a Bee Beard

Queen Susannah, the American Honey Queen will be at the LA County Fair - Bee Booth
September 10-14. Buzz by, Say Hi! - Meet the Queen!
She'll be on hand greeting hundreds of school children and educating people about honey bees. 
Oh, my! The American Honey Queen in a bee beard. 

(Note: Here's Queen Susannah at the Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival September 8, 2014: "Today was the second day of the Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival. I had a great time educating people about bees and even performed a bee beard in the afternoon! Huge thanks to Shasta County Beekeepers Association for making it possible and Shannon and Glenda Wooten for putting it on."
~Queen Susannah)
Check out the American Honey Queen Program:
We'd love to answer any questions that you have about honey bees. You can find a lot of information on our youtube channel or on our blog

Bee Booth at the LA County Fair

This year the LA County Fair runs from August 29-September 28, 2014 (Wednesdays thru Sundays). (Fair closed Wed. Sept. 3)

We have some great news: The Bee Booth is moving!!!

We're not going far, just right next door. We're still behind The Big Red Barn. But now we're in a bigger building with more amazing honeybee and beekeeping images by photo-journalist, Kodua Galieti, more posters and pollination information, bee-friendly plants, and suggestions for What You Can Do to help the bees.

There's more room to gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE where BASC and LACBA members will be on hand sharing their interest and passion for bees and beekeeping. Come, let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, and how they have survived for millions of years.  Come FIND THE QUEEN! 

This year we have a special treat. The lovely Queen Susannah, the American Honey Bee Queen, is buzzing across the country sharing interesting stories and facts about honey bees. She'll be on hand in our Bee Booth to meet and talk with you from Sept. 10-14. Come MEET THE QUEEN!

As always, delicious local raw honey from the Los Angeles County area supplied by LACBA members will be available for purchase. Honey Stix will be in abundance.

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We'd like to thank all the volunteer members of the Beekeeping Association of Southern California (BASC) and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA) who have been working to make this the best Bee Booth ever. Buzz By, Say Hi, Enjoy a Taste of Honey!

Photos from August 24, 2014 Bee Booth Setup (Thanks to Jon Reese for the photos):


2014 American Honey Queen Will Appear at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair

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.)