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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

This is the first month of my summer break and I have been loving every second of it! I have been able to do so many more promotions and discussions about honey and what it means to be the Pennsylvania Honey Queen.


Queen Kaitlyn at the Landingville Community Day

On May 4th, I was able to attend the 1st Annual Community Day in Landingville, PA. I was able to reach over 300 adults and children discussing the importance of honey and honeybees are to the environment. One of the best aspects was that I was able to have a table beside the PA Department of Environmental Services and together we were able to give the community a better understanding of honeybees and their impact. My other table neighbor was a cheese vendor, so during breaks in the crowd I was able to try over 100 different flavors of cheese. I WAS LITERALLY IN HEAVEN!

May 10th, I moved out of my college dorm and officially ended my second year of college! As soon as I was home, I changed and drove to Malvern, PA to talk to over 100 first graders about honey. During my presentations, three brave volunteers helped me by dressing up in a full bee costume, and I was able to receive a lot of feedback from the teacher on how much the children enjoyed my presentation. This truly warmed my heart!

After a week of recovery from moving back home and going back to work, I had a CRAZY two days. On May 17th, I traveled to Mechanicsburg to Sporting Hill Elementary School. There I met one of the most inspirational teachers! I have been able to keep in contact with her in hopes for more events in the future. This was the first event that I had in a classroom with both children and their parents. In this preschool classroom, we read a story and completed two fun crafts. One craft was putting together the basic parts of the bees, and the students picked if they wanted a “boy” bee or “girl” bee by cutting off the stinger or leaving it on. This was so cute to see the discussions. Afterwards, the parents and children were able to plant pollinator friendly wildflower seeds!

Finally, on May 18th I traveled to Birdsboro, PA for a “For the Love of Bees” Celebration. This event is put on in the local library to help the community understand that bees not only docile, but essential to everyday life. There we used recycled egg cartons as biodegradable planters to plant a number of different seeds, completed a fun activity to help explain pollination, and even read a honey bee story!


Queen Kaitlyn at World Bee Day

To finish up the month, I celebrated World Bee Day on May 20th by cracking open a hive and doing an inspection. I’m getting better at finding the queen!

This month was by far the busiest month I’ve had, and I look forward to more promotions to come! If you’d like to invite me to your next event, please contact Alyssa Fine at honeyqueen@pastatebeekeepers.org or (412) 266-2112 to schedule a visit.

Stay Buzzing
~Queen Kaitlyn

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

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

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