Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

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.

2016 PA Honey Queen

Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that Sarah McTish was selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the organization’s annual conference.

Sarah, 19, is the daughter of James and Mary McTish of Mohnton, Pa. She is a graduate of Twin Valley High School and is currently a junior at Penn State University, with an Agriculture Sciences major and an Entomology minor. Sarah is active with the horticulture club, is a research assistant in the entomology lab and is a member of Delta Theta Sigma agriculture fraternity.

Make sure to follow all of Sarah's travels this year by visiting the Honey Queen program Facebook page.

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

Hello all!

I am excited to introduce myself as your 2016 Pennsylvania Honey Queen! I am a junior at Penn State main campus studying agricultural sciences with minors in entomology, plant pathology and leadership development. My love for honey bees began in my sophomore year of high school when I started my first two hives. These hives did not survive their first winter; however, I decided to try again, so I just started two more hives this past summer on my aunt and uncle’s farm in Centre County.

Queen Sarah had the opportunity to meet Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf during the PA Farm Show.

My first two months as Honey Queen were busy with Honey Queen “Boot Camp” and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show was January 8 to 16 and I was able to represent the PSBA as many events. On Friday, January 8 I had the opportunity to attend the PA Preferred Reception. At this reception, I was honored to meet Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. I then spent the rest of the evening networking with many people involved with agriculture throughout the state. After the banquet, the Ag Advocates from Penn State invited me to meet the mounted unit of the police force. Overall, it was an amazing night.

Queen Sarah educated members of the public at the PSBA’s Learning Center during the PA Farm Show.

The following morning, I met up with the other commodity queens to participate in the opening ceremonies, which was followed by a meet and greet with the PA Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding. Following this, I had the opportunity to meet four Pennsylvania Congressmen after their discussion on current issues in agriculture. Finally, I ended my day educating the public about beekeeping and the importance of honey bees at the PSBA’s learning center.

Queen Sarah, PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and PSBA members after one of the extraction demonstrations at the PA Farm Show.

Queen Sarah speaking to the crowd before one of the honey extraction demonstration at the Farm Show.

Sunday was another very busy day at the Farm Show. The day began for me with the first honey extraction demonstration on the Culinary Connection Stage. During the demonstration I introduce myself to the crowd and explained what the Honey Queen does for the PSBA and Pennsylvania’s beekeepers. Following the demonstration, I was approached by PCN to conduct a television interview. During this interview, I spoke about my role and the importance of bees. This interview reached approximately 3 million people in Pennsylvania! After this interview, I was then interviewed by Dave Williams of American Farm Country Radio, reaching approximately 2 million more people!

My media interviews did not end there though. Monday morning I participated in an interview with WEEU radio, broadcasting to about 300,000 people in Berks County. During this interview, I spoke about the importance of honey bees and pollination. I then spent the rest of the week between the honey ice cream stand, the learning center and the market place, talking to the public about honey bees, pollination and beekeeping. Thank you to everyone who made Farm Show such a wonderful experience.

I’m very excited to represent the PSBA throughout this year and I hope I am able to attend your event. To schedule as appearance from me, please contact Rachel Bryson at or 717-300-0146.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!

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

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

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

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