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Honey Queen Program

Each year a Honey Queen is selected to become the main promoter of Pennsylvania's beekeeping industry. The Honey Queen travels throughout the state speaking at schools, fairs, festivals, beekeeping meetings, etc. She participates in media interviews and is always ready to promote the beekeeping and honey industries. The main focus of the Honey Queen program is education; feel free to invite her to give a presentation at your event. The Honey Queen also represents Pennsylvania each year at the American Honey Queen competition, held during the American Beekeeping Federation Convention.

Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Updates
  by Alyssa Fine – Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Chair

It seems that this year has gone by so quickly As the end of this year approaches, we are beginning to focus on 2020 and everything that means for the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program.

2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Kaitlyn Stauffer began her year a little later than most representatives, but she has some stellar promotional numbers to show for it. In her eight month reign, Queen Kaitlyn managed to attend 40 promotional events in 22 unique counties, directly reaching over 60,000 people in the process. She gave 11 school presentations to almost 500 elementary and middle school students. She secured a 5-minute radio interview with a reach of over 35,000 listeners. Combined with several internet articles, she generated over $8,000 of free media advertising for us throughout the year. In addition to her promotional events, Queen Kaitlyn was a social media star this year. During her reign, Facebook “likes” increased over 22%, regularly reaching over 1,000 people each week.

During the PSBA Conference, Queen Kaitlyn delivered her final remarks to the beekeepers in attendance, and also announced her plans to continue to the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow to compete for the 2020 American Honey Queen title. Queen Kaitlyn will travel to Schaumburg, Illinois to attend the conference beginning January 7th, 2020. If you would like to support her in this next step, please contact us in order to enter into the 2020 ABF Quilt Raffle. All tickets sold benefit the American Honey Queen Program and fund the next representative’s travels throughout the country. Send an email to honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org to get started.

We would like to thank Queen Kaitlyn for all of her tremendous work throughout this year and wish her all the best as she competes for the American Honey Queen title.

2020 PA Honey Queen

Lucy Winn (2020 PA Honey Queen) with Nicole Medina (2019 American Honey Princess) and Kaitlyn Stauffer (2019 PA Honey Queen)

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program selected the 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the PSBA Conference.

Lucy, 18, is the daughter of Stephen and Lauren Winn of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is a high school senior at Carlisle Area High School with plans to graduate in 2020. Lucy is a beekeeper, managing two backyard colonies with her family. Lucy is an active member in her school’s Model United Nations and Sustainability Clubs, a counselor and instructor at her local YMCA Camp, and is involved with Lifeteen Youth Ministry. In her free time, Lucy enjoys pottery, tennis, and spending time with her family.

Hi! I'm Lucy Winn, and I am so excited to be your 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. I live in Cumberland County, right in the middle of the state, and there is so much of Pennsylvania that I cannot wait to see and so many beekeepers I cannot wait to meet as I travel around the state advocating for the industry! I am currently finishing my senior year of high school and hoping to attend a nearby college that allows me to pursue my interest in biology. Please let me know how I can be of help – and here's to a great year!

- Queen Lucy

To invite Queen Lucy to your upcoming event, please contact Alyssa Fine, Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Chair, at (412) 266-2112 or honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org.

Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Updates
  by Alyssa Fine – Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Chair

Hello everyone -

Lucy Winn, 2020 PA Honey Queen

During the PSBA Conference the first weekend of November, Ms. Lucy Winn was selected as 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. She is studying her training manual diligently and is looking forward to attending Honey Queen University shortly to refine her presentation skills and prepare her for a successful year of promotions.

2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Kaitlyn Stauffer is also working hard this time of year. Although her reign has ended, she is gearing up for the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow this January where she will compete for the American Honey Queen title. Queen Kaitlyn will also be attending Honey Queen University to put the finishing touches on her marketing presentation and prepare for various other aspects of judging to take place at the competition.

Both Queen Kaitlyn and Queen Lucy will be in attendance at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Look for them during the Saturday morning Opening Ceremony. Afterward, they will be working in the many PSBA stations throughout the complex. We would urge anyone who has some free time on their hands after the holidays to consider coming to the Farm Show to volunteer. There are plenty of amazing opportunity to work with the public, whether it’s educating in the Learning Center, whipping up honey waffles and selling honey ice cream in the Food Court, or selling honey and beeswax products from our many members in the newly redesigned Farmers Market. Proceeds from sales directly benefit the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program and support our representatives on their mission to travel the state educating the public about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping.

Lastly, if you would like to schedule a visit by our 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, please contact me at (412) 266-2112 or honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org to get started.

Please enjoy this recipe preview from Queen Lucy’s recipe brochure. It would be a fantastic sweet treat during the holidays!

Velvety Honey-Chocolate Pudding

YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings
INGREDIENTS
DIRECTIONS

Place the cocoa and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and whisk until completely blended.

In a separate saucepan on medium heat, heat the milk, cream, and HONEY until warmed. Stir to blend. Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the cocoa mixture until the cocoa and cornstarch are dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring gently with a rubber spatula, until the mixture begins to thicken.

Add the chopped chocolate and boil gently, stirring for about 1 minute, or until the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes and then stir in the vanilla.

Pour into a serving bowl or individual pudding cups and refrigerate until slightly chilled or cold.

2019 PA Honey Queen

Kaitlyn Stauffer, 20, is the daughter of Jerry and Melissa Stauffer of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania. She is a sophomore at Juniata College studying Early Childhood and Special Education. Kati has a strong agricultural background, having served as vice president of her local FFA chapter, Gratz Fair Queen, Dauphin County Miss Agriculture USA, and Miss United States Agriculture State Alternate. Kati is an active member of Juniata Instructors of the Future, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and her college's archaeology club. In her free time, Kati enjoys hunting, hiking, and reading, as well as volunteering with various nonprofit organizations such as Camp Kydnie and Habitat for Humanity.

2019 American Honey Princess Attends PSBA Conference
  by Alyssa Fine – Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Chair

Nicole Medina (2019 American Honey Princess)

In planning for the PSBA Conference, I was contacted by American Honey Queen Program Chair Anna Kettlewell with the possibility of hosting the American Honey Princess during the event. Of course, I was thrilled to work her visit into our schedule.

Nicole Medina is the daughter of Joel and Nolvia Medina of Green Township, New Jersey. She is a sophomore at Sussex County Community College studying business administration. Nicole has been keeping bees for five years with her family and is an active volunteer in the Sussex County Beekeepers Association. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, volunteering with her church, and spending time with her loved ones.

Princess Nicole traveled to us from her home in New Jersey a few days before the start of the conference in order to visit area schools and give educational presentations to the students. One of the more unique events I’ve had the pleasure of scheduling was a visit to the Spanish Club on campus at Penn State. Princess Nicole is bilingual, speaking Spanish at home. She was able to use this skill to give a presentation about honey bees and beeping to students learning to speak Spanish. Afterward, she stayed for a while to answer any of their more complicated questions in English, as well. How wonderful!

We’d like to thank Princess Nicole for coming to stay with us at our conference and for all of her help during the banquet and auction. She has done an incredible job serving as the American Honey Princess, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Kaitlyn Stauffer - 2019 PA Honey Queen

Hello everyone!

Boy what a whirlwind it has been.

November 1st, 2019 was my last event as your 2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, but fear not, I promise you will see me one last time as your honey queen! During my reign, I attended 40 promotional events in 22 unique counties reaching over 60,000 people. I gave 11 education presentations to 500 elementary and middle school students. I had a five minute radio interview with over 25,000 listeners. The total value of my media work this year was over $8,000!

Below is a small excerpt from my farewell speech that I would like everyone to see because I can not emphasize enough how much everyone who has supported me this past year has meant to me!

“To the PSBA, thank you for welcoming me into your family. I came into this not knowing much about beekeeping, but over the last 8 months I have learned so much information. All the laughs with the “crazy bee lady” to my one on one dinner with Charlie and the laughs and jokes I had with Aaron. Everyone here will also have a special place in my heart.”

This has been by far the best thing that has ever happened to me and I will carry these experiences with me for the rest of my life.

With all that said, I am excited to announce that I will be running for the 2020 American Honey Queen title on January 7th through January 12th, 2020 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

I would also personally like to congratulate you 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Lucy Winn from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I hope you enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity. Learn and take everything in, this is going to be a fun ride for you.

So with all that said for the last time, my name is Kaitlyn Stauffer, signing off as your 2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!
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PA Honey Queen Contestant Information and Application Form

PA Honey Queen Program Facebook Page

Rachel Bryson
(PA Honey Queen Program Chair)
610 Strite Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Phone: 717-643-0010
Cell: 717-300-0146
Email

Alyssa Fine
(PA Honey Queen Program Co-Chair)
Phone: 412-266-2112
Email

Linda Hackenburg
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796
Cell: 570-850-1976
Email

Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.
A listing of previous years' Honey Queens/Princesses is also available.

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