Howard County Fair

A message from Alice Parks, our Superintendent of the Howard County Fair’s Honey and Beeswax booth (and HCBA member)

Dear Beekeepers,

Thank you all a million times for making the Honey and Beeswax Show at the Howard County Fair happen! And, it was outstanding!

Our booth was beautiful and educational, the demonstrations were informative and captured the crowd’s interest, and all this was staffed with amazing beekeepers! I find your enthusiasm contagious and thank you for that, also!

Thank you to the 62 volunteers who made this happen:

Erik Aarstad, Charles Campbell, Charlie, Christopher, Emily and Corinne Brandts, Chris and Mark Cannon, Dean Clark, Craig Crandall, Chris Daniel, Clif Darby, Dave Dobbs, Wayne Esaias, Steven Every, Jim Factor and Susie Schell Factor, Jim Fraser, Roger Frissora, Gerry El Geziry, Allen Hayes, Merlowe Henry, Leslie and Linda Hilliard, Jan Howard, Denise Huson, Jake Johnson, Maureen Kamischke, Tammy Kennedy-Nichols, Paul Kojzar, Philip Krista, Marcia Larson, Don Littleton, Kimberly Malinowski, John Mountcastle, Tina Mullan, Lyn Mullings, Brent, Greg and Alice Parks, Mary Patton, Joe Sanphillipo, David Schultz, Tammy and James Senn, Richard Schwinger, Phil Serafinas, Elaine Smith, Danielle Spendiff, Ewa Turner, Roy and Lucy Turner, Chris Turett, Doris Walsh, Valerie Wampler, Tricia Ward, Joseph Whitford, Tom and Mary Wilson, Patti Wong and Roman and Oana Zhelenko.

Very special appreciation goes to Paul Kojzar for assisting with the Superintendent’s responsibilities, populating and bringing the observation hive and jumping-in to help more than ever! Many thanks to Tom and Mary Wilson for setting up and handling the honey consignment (a big job!); Tom Wilson, Patti Wong and Chuck Campbell for being the judge’s assistants; Roger Frissora for doing the in-hive demonstrations; Charlie and his nephew and nieces Christopher, Emily and Corinne Brandts for doing the extraction demonstration; James Fraser for bringing the bees for the in-hive demonstration; Wayne Esaias for donating the observation hive and the HCBA for continuing support of the Special Awards for the Open Division and the 4-H Champion Award.

Below are results from judging the exhibits. We had 31 exhibitors who brought in 72 terrific exhibits. Many thanks to all of the exhibitors for bringing in their beautiful entries! Our judges this year were David Morris, Bill McGiffin and Amanda Stark.

Hope to see you all at next year’s Fair from August 4-11, 2018! It is never too early to start planning your exhibits for 2018! Let’s make sure that we take home all the premiums available!


Alice Parks

Superintendent, Honey and Beeswax

Category Class Item Place
1 2 3 4 5
Honey 1 White-Extra Light Extracted Phil Serafinas Don Littleton Ewa Turner Dan Redditt Chris Cannon
2 Light Amber Extracted Wayne Esaias Leslie Hilliard Chris Turett Clif Darby Matt Paper *
3 Amber Extracted Phil Serafinas Wayne Esaias Patti Wong Doris Walsh Germy El Geziry
4 Dark Extracted Lorenza Ponce Tammy Senn
5 Cut Comb Chris Cannon Jason Ellis
6 Section Honey NO ENTRIES
7 Chunk Honey Chris Cannon
8 Frame of Honey Phil Serafinas Jason Ellis Don Littleton
9 Creamed Honey Chris Cannon
Wax 10 Block of Wax Phil Serafinas
11 Molded Tapers, 10″ min. Billie Whited
12 Molded Tapers, < 10″ Billie Whited Billie Whited
13 Dipped Tapers, 10″ min. Rowan Titus Billie Whited
14 Dipped Tapers, < 10″ Rowan Titus Arthur Titus Charlie Titus Brannon Titus Charlie Titus
15 Other item(s) Billie Whited
16 Molded Artistic Candles Billie Whited Billie Whited Billie Whited Billie Whited Billie Whited
Misc. 17 Pollen Tina Mullan
18 Misc. Hive Products Doris Walsh Tina Mullan Tina Mullan
19 Photographs Brent Parks Tina Mullan Jason Ellis Brent Parks
20 Educational Exhibit NO ENTRIES
21 Gift Baskets/Packs Billie Whited
22 Gadget Valerie Wampler* Chris Turett Lorenza Ponce
23 Children’s Arts and Crafts NO ENTRIES
24 Adult Arts and Crafts Margaret Chaisson Alice Parks
25 Mead Tammy Senn Jason Ellis Tammy Senn
Champion Honey Lorenza Ponce for Dark Extracted Honey
Champion Wax Phil Serafinas for Block of Wax
Champion Misc. Valerie Wampler* for Medium Horizontal Bee Hive
Grand Champion Valerie Wampler* for Medium Horizontal Bee Hive
4-H Champion NO ENTRIES
* = 1st Year Beekeeper



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