at the 2023
Evergreen State Fair
Bringing bees, beekeepers & bee people together
To see SnoKing Beekeepers in action at the 2023 fair, check out the August and September newsletters , or youtube recordings of our meetings, or posts on our Facebook discussion group. Thank you to the 100s who stopped by this year and we hope to meet you again in 2024 to "talk bees" at the SKBA booth in the Outdoor Agricultural Display Area.
A wonderful time was had by all - booth staff and visitors young and old. No one was too young or too old to get a sticker for "spotting the queen" at the observation hive. Queen Valkyrie "held audience" most fair hours, only taking breaks when the weather turned cool and rainy.
Some of our members also earned service points for Journeyman certification while enjoying the fellowship of beekeepers, staffing the booth, explaining the demonstration hive, and demoing. Two Journeyman candidates handled honey entries in Bldg. 500 and served as honey taster judges: Tammy Korolis and Heidi Goodgion, with veteran honey judge Wanda Booth.
Three scarecrows joined us at our booth: the Beekeeper Victim of too many pesticides, Honey Bandit and Pumpkinhead Hornet Trapper.
2023 volunteers who signed up on the signup genius website for 2 or more shifts received t-shirts handcrafted by volunteer Becky Glaze. Each shift also gave the volunteer an additional entry to win prizes at the SnoKing November 15th meeting drawing: handcrafted quilt by Anna Filson, single deep hive setup donated by Mann Lake Ltd., t-shirts, bee-themed items and more. The other way to earn an entry was to pay the 2023-2024 membership dues. Our membership year runs Oct. 1st through Sept. 30th, so membership was due by the time of the drawing.
Thank you to those who visited our booth at the Return of the Salmon Celebration September 23 at Osprey Park in Sultan, WA.
Thank you to those who visited our booth at the Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) Conference October 7-8 , 2023 in Olympia, WA. The conference was a success and enjoyed by everyone we met there.
We hope to see you in 2024 at these and even more events in 2024.