The 2015 Illinois State Fair will run from the 13th through the 23rd of August.
8/13/15 – Thursday – Bee Culture Display and ISBA Honey Ice Cream booth set up. Open Division Entries and Professional Division Entries will be accepted by the Bee Culture Exhibit Superintendent (Larry Roth) or one of the Bee Culture Exhibit Assistant Superintendents (Rich Ramsey or Steve Petrilli).
The Bee Culture Exhibit will be in the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. On 8/13/15, you can enter through gate 12 if you are coming to help set up or to drop off your entry. It is suggested you bring your entries well before 3 PM. Usually starting by 4 PM, law enforcement start blocking streets for the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.
8/14/15 – Morning – Bee Culture Display judging starts. Entries will be accepted up to the moment the judging starts judging the first entry, at which time NO MORE entries will be accepted or put into either the Open or Professional Divisions displays for judging.
In past years, several associations have staffed the Bee Culture Exhibit and the ISBA Honey Ice Cream booth. If you volunteer to staff the booth and the Bee Culture Exhibit for a specific day or days, you can also bring whatever honey products you have for sale and sell them from the tables in front of the Bee Culture Exhibit.
Listed below is each day of the fair and whether or not it is available for your association to volunteer to staff the display and ice cream booth
8/14/15 – Friday – Judging taking place – No honey sales…… only ice cream sales
8/15/15 – Saturday – Available
8/16/15 – Sunday – Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association
8/17/15 – Monday – Available
8/18/15 – Tuesday – Available
8/19/15 – Wednesday – Available
8/20/15 – Thursday – Central Eastern Illinois Beekeepers Association
8/21/15 – Friday – Available
8/22/15 – Saturday – Available
8/23/15 – Sunday Lincoln Land Bee Keepers Association
The latest version of the above dates can be found on the below web page on the ISBA website.
Once you are at the calendar go to August. The calendar will be updated by me as a date is reserved
If your association is wanting to staff the Bee Culture Exhibit Display and the ISBA Honey Ice Cream booth for one or more days, please send me an email indicating the date(s)/day(s). Once confirmed I will send you a reply with the confirmation and also update the online calendar.
If you are wanting to place entries in the Open or Professional Division (Open is for individuals, Professional is for Bee Keeping Associations), the General Premium Book and entry form can be found and downloaded from the below web page.
The Department U – Bee Culture Exhibit starts on page number 138 in the book (it is page 139 in the file if you download it).
The Professional Division is limited to the first four (4) Beekeeping Associations who submit their entry registration form and payment for the Professional Division class entries (total of $21).
The Open Division is not limited. Any person which would like to submit an entry in 1 or more of the classes in the Open Division may do so (the entry fee is $1.00 per class). Example, if a person entered in just one class the fee would be $1. If the person entered in 3 different classes, the fee would be a total of $3.00
Reminder – The 1st place 2 ½ Pound Chunk Honey entry in the Open Division (class 14731 Chunk honey in glass, 3 2 1/2 lb. square jars) is the one which will get auctioned off at the Sale Of Champions
See the General Premium book for all the rules and requirements.
Any questions, give me a call or send me an email. If I cannot answer your question, I will forward it to someone who can. For questions concerning the Bee Culture Exhibit, entries and the judging, you should contact Larry Roth (Bee Culture Exhibit – Superintendent) or Rich Ramsey (Bee Culture Exhibit – Assistant Superintendent), they are both cc’d in this email.
Please direct this email to the appropriate person(s) in your bee keeping association.
Steve Petrilli, ISBA Membership Director