2015 Illinois State Fair – Bee Culture Exhibit and Honey Ice Cream Sales

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

8/17/15Monday – Available

8/18/15Tuesday – 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. 

 

http://www.ilsba.com/calendar.html

 

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.  

 

http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium-books/

 

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.

 

Thanks,

 

Steve Petrilli,   ISBA Membership Director

217-638-7891

 

www.ilsba.com

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June Meeting is Tonight

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tonight.

 

Meeting Agenda June 16th, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Roster updates

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee –discussion and vote

b. Annual Picnic – Update from Betsy Larson, host for this year’s picnic. Address, date and details to follow

c. WIBA T-shirt – Sample shirts and prices from Irvin Hasse

d. Registration of bees for Drift watch. Bill will help us through the Process.

e. Bee pick up –How did it go??? Any suggestions for next year? THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE, RON AND JAN!!!

f. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a. Field Trip!! Rick and Laura Camp would like to have us out to their orchard /bee operation for the August Meeting. They have a large marketing room they would host us in.   3 Miles East and 2 South of Roseville.

VI. For the Good of the Cause

The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water”
― Karl Von Frisch

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time: 6/16 at 7pm


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FINAL UPDATE For Packaged Bee Pickup – 8:45am TODAY

packagedbees*** PICKUP TIME IS 8:45 AM  ***

I just heard from Ron.

 Pickup time is 8:45 am TODAY.
Distribution will take place at:

Dexter Farm Equipment
800 Access Road
Monmouth Illinois

 

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Packaged Bee Pickup Time – 8am 5/23

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*** PICKUP TIME IS 8AM SATURDAY MORNING ***

I just heard from Ron.  They have the bees and are headed back.

Packages will be available for pickup Saturday May 23rd Pickup time is 8am.
Distribution will take place at:

Dexter Farm Equipment
800 Access Road
Monmouth Illinois

 

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May Meeting Is Tuesday – Guest Speaker Susan Kivikko

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.

Guest Speaker:

Susan Kivikko, Apiary Inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture will be cover as much as possible about each of today’s pertinent diseases and answering questions. 

*** She requested that everyone bring their personal beekeeping reference books.

 
Meeting Agenda May 19th, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Roster updates

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee –discussion and vote

b. Bee packages/update – Pickup date! May 23rd or 24th

c. Annual Picnic – Betsy Larson’s house. Address, date and details to follow

d. Bee T shirt – Irvin Hasse to come to the May meeting with examples of his work.

e. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a.  Field Trip!! Rick and Laura Camp would like to have us out to their orchard /bee operation for the August Meeting. They have a large marketing room they would host us in.   3 Miles East and 2 South of Roseville.

b. Registration of bees for Drift watch. Will have web site, will see if someone wants to walk the rest of us through the Process.

VI. For the Good of the Cause

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees…”   Leo Tolstoy

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time: 5/19 at 7pm


 

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Packaged Bee Updated – We have a date!

Message from Ron:

Hardeman’s has called with a firm pick up date of Friday May 22Delivery date will be Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24, depending on how early we can leave there on Friday.  We will send an email.  Delivery will be at Dexter Farm Equipment in Monmouth.

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Packaged Bee Update #2

Latest-UpdatesUPDATE FROM RON

I just got an update from Ron.  We still have no firm date.  He will let us know as soon as more information is available.  The supplier is telling him that extended periods of rain has reduced hive build up and kept them from being able to shake packages.

Ron said that he apologize for the delay but it is out of his hands.  We are waiting on the supplier at this point.

We will keep you all updated.

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Packaged Bee Update

Latest-UpdatesJust an update – Still on hold

We are still waiting for the supplier.  I will update the website, fb page, and send out an email as soon as we hear from them.

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Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

Nahant Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Rock Island, Scott and Henry counties hope you will join us as we host the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference, June 10-11, 2015 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, IL.

From more information: http://nahantmarsh.org/qcpollinatorconference/

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April 2015 Meeting Highlights

The full meeting minutes will be posted in a couple weeks but I wanted to highlight a few important things from Tuesdays meeting.

1.  Bee package delivery date is TBA right now.  The weather in Georgia is still an issue.IMG_20150421_200505789

2.  Kyle Ward did a presentation on his research topic for his “Beekeeping and the Environment” WIU class.   It was on the topic on the pros and cons of how the new “Flow Hives” will effect honey industry.

 

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