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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.

2019 PA Honey Queen

Kaitlyn Stauffer was chosen as the 2019 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. Kaitlyn, 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.

Kaitlyn is new to the beekeeping world, and is very excited to use her position as an opportunity to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping, and to share that information with the general public. She has been interested in the PA Honey Queen Program for several years, but the timing was never quite right. This year, she is looking forward to traveling throughout the state as our representative.

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

Well, my year is slowly coming to an end. Looking forward, I do not have many events left but I am enjoying and embracing every moment that I have left.


Queen Hannah at the Parmyra Fair


Candle rolling at the Health Fair

This month began with a trip to Penn State’s Health Fair held in Palmyra, Pa on September 7th, 2019. I discussed honey and health and rolled candles with the many children who came to visit.


Queen Hannah visits Bug O Rama.

The following day, September 8th, 2019 I attended the 4th annual Bug O’Rama held at the Hershey Gardens in Hershey, PA. All things insects were discussed with fun and interactive crafts at each station. At my booth, I was able to roll candles with the kids and promote pollinators.


Queen Hannah at Fort Hunter Days

On Sunday, September 15th, 2019 I traveled to Fort Hunter for the annual Fort Hunter Days in Harrisburg, PA. I promoted local honey and rolled candles with the kids. I was even given the wonderful opportunity to introduce myself on stage, speaking about my role as the Pennsylvania Honey Queen!

On Wednesday, September 18th, I visited with a youth group located not far from my college in Hollidaysburg, PA. I gave an educational presentation to the kids and everyone took home a recipe brochure and honey stick!


Extraction Demo at th Great Gratz Fair

On Saturday September 21st, 2019 I traveled home to Gratz, PA to attend the Great Gratz Fair! Fun Fact: I was the Gratz Fair Queen back in 2016! The Capital Area Beekeepers Association had a booth set up for me and I was able to assist Gary Karns with a live honey extraction. Overall it was a great afternoon!

Finally, on Saturday September 28th, 2019 I visited with a group of Cub Scouts in Myerstown, PA. After speaking about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping for agriculture, we all rolled beeswax candles together as a fun take-away from the day.

My year is coming to an end, but I still have a full month of potential promotional events. Would you like to invite me to your next event? Get in touch with Alyssa Fine at (412) 266-2112 or honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org to get started.

See you at the PSBA Conference the first weekend of November!

Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program Schedule Preview

Queen Kaitlyn is busy buzzing across the state. See where she will be next! For more information, follow the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program on Facebook.

October is a rather quiet month. If you’d like to invite Queen Kaitlyn to an event, please contact Alyssa Fine at (412) 266-2112 or honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org to set up a visit!

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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