Friends frequently ask me , “What happens to your bees in the winter?” What happens is an epic struggle to keep the bees alive. Some people say you aren’t a beekeeper until you get your first hive full of bees through the winter. If you buy new bees every year because your bees from the previous year died, then you aren’t really beekeeping. If you are a skilled beekeeper, your bees should have a better chance of survival than “the bees in the trees” also known as feral honey bees.
This week’s post is all about the honey and bee exhibit at the Kentucky state fair. If you read last week’s blog post, you know how much I like fairs, and the Kentucky state fair has everything a fair enthusiast like me could want: world class horse shows, music, a wide variety of fried food, contests in everything from best country ham to largest pumpkin, ……and bees!
Late July and early August is county fair season, and I love county fairs. What’s not to love? Hot dog eating contests, horse shows, quilt displays, an array of fried food, demolition derbies, and all sorts of competitions related to crafts and agriculture can be found at the county fair. This year I visited three county fairs in the north central region of Kentucky to check out the entries in the honey competitions. Continue reading