2018 American Honey Queen Visits the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is once again honored and priviledged to host the American Beekeeping Federation's National Spokesperson, the American Honey Queen.

Kayla Fusselman, the 2018 American Honey Queen, will be at the Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth on Wednesday, September 19th, from 9:00 - 12:30.  Kayla's very knowledgeable about honey bees and will be available to answer questions and help educate the thousands of school children who come to the bee booth to learn about bees. Welcome, Kayla!


AMERICAN BEEKEEPING FEDERATION -Press Release-

AMERICAN HONEY QUEEN PROGRAM

Kayla Fusselman, the 2018 American Honey Queen, will visit Los Angeles, California, September 18-19, 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 California agriculture and how honeybee pollination directly shapes our livelihood.  She will also share information how honey’s beautiful spectrum provides endless possibilities and the many treats that honeybees provide.  Kayla’s trip is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.

Kayla is the 23-year-old daughter of Brian and Diane Fusselman of Kempton, PA.  She is a graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art education.  Kayla is an active alumna with the Kutztown High School FFA chapter and the Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors.

As the 2018 American Honey Queen, Kayla 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 American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Kayla will travel throughout the United States in 2018.  Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Kayla served as the 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media 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.  

(The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is a proud supporter of the American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Queen Program.)  

KTLA5's Chris Burrous Visits the Bee Booth Opening Day at the LA County Fair

KTLA5 Morning News with Chris Burrous  September 1, 2017

It's Opening Day at the LA County Fair and Chris Burrous (KTLA5 Morning News) buzzed by the Bee Booth to have a fun chat about bees with Clyde Steese of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. 

Come by the Bee Booth and learn about bees, beekeeping, honey, and what the bees have to teach us. Experienced beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand and love talking about bees.

Find the queen! Witness the Waggle Dance! Pick up some delicious local raw honey from local beekeepers! 

(Thank you to fellow beekeepers, Jason Ball (KTLA5), for this opportunity to get the word out about honey bees and the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair.)

http://ktla.com/2017/09/01/la-county-fair-opening-day/

LA County Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend - See you at the Bee Booth!


LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)
FAIR HOURS

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.

LA COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH SET UP - This Weekend

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!! - SET UP TIME AT THE BEE BOOTH!!

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)
FAIR HOURS

Bee Booth Set Up - Saturday, 8/26/17 9AM
(AND Sunday, 8/27/17 if we don't finish on Saturday)

Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association
and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California

Come help set up the Bee Booth on 8/26/2017 from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth Set Up Day ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!! 

Busy bees setting up the Bee Booth in past years!!!

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.

LA COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH - 9/1/2017-9/24/2017 (Volunteer Sign Up)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
VOLUNTEER SIGN UP AVAILABLE NOW 
FOR THE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

Pomona Fairgrounds
(Across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun) 


From September 1 through September 24, 2017, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand at the LA County Fair Bee Booth  educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. The LA County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September. It's an end-of-summer tradition for many.  

VOLUNTEERS LACBA and BASC Members:

Bee Booth Sign Up: Sign up is available online through Evite.  Cyndi Caldera (our splendid Fair Coordinator) has sent out email inviations with the link to Sign Up Now. If you have not received your email invitation by 8/14/17, please contact Cyndi via email at: Cynthia.Alvarado56@yahoo.com and give her your email so she can send you and Evite. If you do not have access to email, you can call Cyndi at 323-243-0756 and you can sign up with her directly. If you have any questions regarding sign up or the fair, please contact Cyndi via email or telephone.

Bee Booth Set Up - 8/26/17 9AM: Come help set up the Bee Booth on 8/26/2017 from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth Set Up Day ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!

Bee Booth: The fair runs from September 1st-24th (Wed thru Sun) except for Labor Day Weekend (Fri thru Mon). We have 3 shifts per day (no less than 4 volunteers per shift). Shifts available: All Labor Day Weekend and all Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10PM. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30-12:30, 12:00-5:30, 5:00-10.

Bee Booth Take Down - 8/24/2017: We start taking down the Bee Booth in the evening. The more help we have, the quicker we're done. We need to be finished and off the fair grounds by 11PM.

Parking:
Lot 9 (across the street from the fair): Walk across the street, enter through the gate, go under the tunnel, turn right. We're across from the Big Red Barn.
Lot 17: Go across the race track to the far side of the Big Red Barn.

Tickets: Tickets will be at WILL CALL at the McKinley Entrance. They will be under Bee Booth Exhibit under your name. Please allow approx. 15 min. to get your tickets.

Come help educate your community about bees! Mingle with fellow beekeepers! You'll learn more than you could ever imagine about bees by being a part of the LA County Fair Bee Booth. This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored. And we could use your help!

We had a great time at last year's fair. See our 2016 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook.

Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE. See if you can FIND THE QUEEN! Let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, how they have survived for millions of years, and learn what you can do to help the bees.

Honeybees are responsible for nearly 1/3 of our entire diet in regards to the pollination services they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

On view is the beautiful honey bee photography by international photojournalist & bee photographer Kodua Galieti http://www.koduaphotography.com/

 

 HONEY! HONEY! HONEY!

Delicious pure, natural, 100% raw local honey direct from Los Angeles County beekeepers. 
HONEY STIX in delightful colors, YUMMY flavors!

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!"

Kids and Bees Resources, Just for You From The Bee-Girl

https://goo.gl/6RVqJC

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: This year the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is honored to host Hayden Wolf, the 2015 American Honey Princess, at the LA County Fair Bee Booth. Hayden will be joining us from September 21-27. Come meet this beautiful princess and learn about honey bees! The booth will be abuzz with activies, beautifuly photography, and a real live Honey Bee Observation Hive. Come find the Queen Bee and meet the American Honey Princess! There's so much to learn about bees - and it's so much fun!

Last Weekend for the LA County Fair

This is the last weekend for the LA County Fair.

WE COULD USE SOME MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS LAST WEEKEND OF THE FAIR

 If you've got some free time this weekend and would like to help us out, please check in or register at www.volunteerspot.com. You don't need to be a member of LACBA or BASC, but you do need to register. Registration will generate an email invite from Russ Levine, the Bee Booth Coordinator. You can also contact Clyde Steese 818-400-6442 or Cyndi Caldera 323-243-0756 directly. Leave a message. They'll call you back.

It's lots of fun and you'll learn about bees!

Thank you! 


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http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/bee-booth-la-county-fair

LA County Fair - Bee Booth Come Meet The American Honey Queen

Come on over to the LA County Fair and check out the Bee Booth. It's a hive of activity with Queen Susannah, the American Honey Queen, sharing stories and little known facts about honey bees. Come find the queen! See the workings of the hive. Pick up some honey stix. And Meet the American Honey Queen.              
Thank you Queen Susannah - You are the best!


The American Honey Queen Program 
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHoneyQueenProgram 

Follow the American Honey Queen as she Buzzes Across America
 http://www.buzzingacrossamerica.com/

The American Honey Queen in a Bee Beard

THIS WEEK - COME MEET THE AMERICAN HONEY QUEEN
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!
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY! 
She'll be on hand greeting hundreds of school children and educating people about honey bees. 
/bee-booth-la-county-fair/
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: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHoneyQueenProgram
We'd love to answer any questions that you have about honey bees. You can find a lot of information on our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWcyDl-wYcjZXarVQTZj-AQ or on our blog buzzingacrossamerica.com

Opening Weekend at the LA County Fair - Great fun at the Bee Booth!

L.A. County Fair
at Pomona Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA
 
Aug 29-Sept 28, Wed-Sun
(Note: The fair will be closed on Wed. 9/3.) 

Www.volunteerspot.com 
 


Visit the Bee Booth!
We're still across from the Big Red Barn
 
but we've moved to a bigger building with lots more room.

Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE and learn about bees. LACBA members will be on hand sharing their knowledge 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! 

 

On view is the fabulous bee photography by Kodua Galieti. We have posters and pollination information, bee-friendly plants, and suggestions for What You Can Do to help the bees.

Delicious local 100% pure raw honey from Los Angeles County available for purchase.
And Honey Stix galore!

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! 

http://www.lacountyfair.com/  /events/

LA County Fair - Bee Booth (Learn about Bees)

Visit the LA County Fair Bee Booth and Learn about Bees! Now thru Sept. 29 (Wed-Sun (fair closed Wed., Sept 3rd).)

Did You Know!!!

Honey bees have been around for millions of years.

Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak.

A single honey bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

A queen honey bee stores a lifetime supply of sperm.

A queen honey bee lays between 1,500-2,500 eggs a day and can lay up to a million eggs in her lifetime.

All the honey bee workers are female.

The drones, which are the only male honey bees in a hive, die immediately after mating.

Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round.

An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day. 

Learn more about the honey bees, pollination, and the important role bees play in our lives. Take home some local honey! Enjoy honey stix!!!

Enjoy the amazing photography of photo-journalist Kodua Galieti! 

Visit the LA County Fair!!!!  BUZZ BY - SAY HI!!!

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.) 

LA County Fair - Bee Booth (Raw Local Honey)

Visit the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair - Now Thru Sept. 30 (Wed - Sun) 

Watch the bees bring in nectar to make Honey!!!

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Honey is the sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.

What is Raw Honey?

While there is no official definition of raw honey, it generally means honey that has not been heated or filtered. 

Why is most honey filtered?

According to USDA Grading Standards for extracted honey, filtered honey is honey that has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles, or other materials normally found in suspension, have been removed.

Honey that is filtered by packers is filtered for various reasons:

1. Many consumers prefer honey that is liquid and stays liquid for a long time.

All honey crystallizes eventually. Suspended particles and fine air bubbles in honey contribute to faster crystallization. Filtering helps delay crystallization, helping the honey to remain liquid for a much longer period than unfiltered honey.

2. Many consumers prefer honey to be clear and brilliantly transparent.

  • The presence of fine, suspended material (pollen grains, wax, etc.) and air bubbles results in a cloudy appearance that can detract from the appearance. Filtering is done to give a clear brilliant product desired by consumers. For the filtered style of honey, USDA Grading Standards for Extracted Honey give higher grades for honey that has good clarity. 
     
  • Honey is filtered to remove extraneous solids that remain after the initial raw processing by the beekeeper. 

Various filtration methods are used by the food industry throughout the world. Ultrafiltration, a specific kind of filtration used in the food industry, should not be confused with other filtration methods generally used in the honey industry.  When applied to honey, ultrafiltration involves adding water to honey and filtering it under high pressure at the molecular level, then removing the water.  It is a much more involved and expensive process which results in a colorless sweetener product that is derived from honey but is not considered “honey” in the U.S. 

Honey that is filtered through more traditional methods is still “honey,” even if pollen has been removed along with other fine particles. 

For more information on filtration and pollen’s role in honey, click here.

Why does my honey look/taste different than I'm used to?

Honey comes in many colors and flavors - these are called honey varietals and they are determined by the type of flowers the bees visited for nectar. Some are light and sweet; others are dark and bold. Pick the honey you like and enjoy!

Honey’s Nutritional Profile!

Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates (natural sugars) and water, as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Providing 17 grams of carbohydrates and 64 calories per tablespoon, honey is an all-natural sweetener without any added ingredients.

Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.

For a complete nutrient listing, please visit USDA’s National Nutrient Database at: 
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

For more information on filtration and pollen’s role in honey, click here.

Why can’t I feed honey to my baby less than 1 year of age?

Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores that can cause infant botulism - a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies (under one year of age). C. botulinum spores are present throughout the environment and may be found in dust, soil and improperly canned foods. Adults and children over one year of age are routinely exposed to, but not normally affected by, C. botulinum spores. Honey is safe to consume during pregnancy and lactation. While infants are susceptible to the infant botulism, adults, including pregnant females, are not. The concern for babies stems from the fact that infants lack the fully developed gastrointestinal tract of older humans. Since the mother is not in danger of developing this condition, the unborn baby is protected. Spores are inactivated when manufactured food products (such as cereals or nuts) receive a roasting heat treatment. Graham crackers or cereal, for example, would not contain any viable microbial spores.

The above information is from the National Honey Board: http://www.honey.com

Photography by Kodua Galieti

Visit the LA County Fair!!!!  BUZZ BY - SAY HI!!!  Pick up some LOCAL RAW HONEY!!!

LA County Fair - Bee Booth (Learn about Bees)

Visit the LA County Fair Bee Booth and Learn about Bees! Now thru Sept. 30 (Wed-Sun).

Did You Know!!!

Honey bees have been around for millions of years.

Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak.

A single honey bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

A queen honey bee stores a lifetime supply of sperm.

A queen honey bee lays between 1,500-2,500 eggs a day and can lay up to a million eggs in her lifetime.

All the honey bee workers are female.

The drones, which are the only male honey bees in a hive, die immediately after mating.

Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round.

An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day. 

Learn more about the honey bees, pollination, and the important role bees play in our lives. Take home some local honey! Enjoy honey stix!!!

Enjoy the amazing photography of photo-journalist Kodua Galieti

Visit the LA County Fair!!!!  BUZZ BY - SAY HI!!!