Contestants sought for Pennsylvania Honey Queen

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is currently seeking candidates for the position of 2014 Pennsylvania Honey Queen and Princess, who will have the honor of reigning during the 60th year of the program.

Any single young women, ages 18 to 24 as of January 1, who are residents of Pennsylvania are eligible and encouraged to compete. Contestants do not need to come from a beekeeping background but must be willing to dedicate the time needed to learn about the industry.

Contestants will be judged on an essay, interview, presentation, and other requirements during the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association state convention, held this year on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, at the Best Western Country Cupboard in Lewisburg.

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The Pennsylvania Honey Queen and Princess have been the main promoters for the beekeeping and honey industries in Pennsylvania for the past 60 years. They spend one year traveling throughout the state promoting and educating the public on these industries. The Queen and Princess can expect to give school presentations, visit with civic groups, speak with local and state government representatives, attend fairs and festivals, and participate in media interviews.

At the conclusion of her reign, the Pennsylvania Honey Queen represents Pennsylvania during the American Honey Queen competition, held in conjunction with the American Beekeeping Federation convention.

For more information on the honey queen program or to request an application, contact Rachel Bryson, program chair, at 717-300-0146 or honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org .

Entry deadline is October 10.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Honey Queen program, visit the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association website at http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/.

From Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program.