Day for Honey Bees: Kutztown bee keepers demonstrate honey extraction at Wildlands Conservancy

William Mondjack - Certified Master Beekeeper Kutztown area beekeeper and Association President Steve Finke demonstrating honey extraction. Children assist.
William Mondjack - Certified Master Beekeeper Kutztown area beekeeper and Association President Steve Finke and Sheryl Roland displaying honey extraction to audience.

Kutztown bee keepers, part of Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, celebrated National Honey Bee Day.

Honey bees travel from the Lehigh Valley into Berks County, said Ann A. Wertman, Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association Secretary.

Aug. 16 was a “Day for Honey Bees” at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association.

Attendees of all ages role played the lives of bees in and out of the beehive in the educational game “Imagine Me…A Busy, Busy Honey Bee.” The 2014 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, Kaylee Kilgore, made an appearance. A beekeeper, she is a student at Lehigh University where she recently assisted in establishing an apiary on campus along with assistance from area beekeepers.

Visitors saw a working observation hive with the Queen Bee going about her business laying eggs. In other stations local beekeepers talked about their equipment, offered tours to an apiary and demonstrated the extraction of raw honey from the hive.

The Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association was founded in 1921 and has a membership of over 175 beekeepers and gardeners. The Association holds classes for beginning beekeepers each winter at LCCC. Monthly meetings are open to the public.

For more information,visit www.Lehighvalleybeekeepers.org.