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 organizationís 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.

Honey Queen vists OABEST Expo

Octorara Area School District held its Agriculture, Business, Environmental Science and Technology Expo on June 4th and our Honey Queen was there! View more photos at the Honey Queen Facebook page and at the Department of Agriculture's Photo Album at Flickr.

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

Hello all!

Queen Sarah and Vince Aloyo at the state capital for Cornucopia.

April was yet another busy month as I traveled as the honey queen. This month, I attended five events throughout the state. I started off at the Garden Club Federation of PA Annual Conference at the Nittany Lion Inn. At this event, I worked with Steve Finke, PSBA 2nd Vice President, to promote the industry and honey products. I also had the chance to introduce myself and interact with the Garden Club members attending the conference. The next day I traveled to Harrisburg to attend Cornucopia, where I had the privilege to work with PSBA members and interact with members of the PA House and Senate. After these two events, my week was not over as I was back in State College the next day attending Ag Day at Penn State. Through Ag Day, I interacted with my peers to teach them about honey bees and beekeeping.

Queen Sarah at the PSBA booth for the PSATS conference.

Queen Sarah making a fun craft with youth at Eco Fest.

Over the next two weeks, I then attended two more events. The first was the PSATS Conference in Hershey. Here, I worked with PSBA members to educate township supervisors from around the state on beekeeping zoning ordinances. The second event was Eco Fest at Mifflin Park Elementary School. Through this event, I talked to students attending with their parents about why they think honey bees are important to them.

As my spring semester comes to a close at Penn State, I thought I would give a recap on everything I have done this semester as the 2016 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. Throughout the semester, I have attended 14 events and have reached over 4 million people. In addition, I have participated in four media interviews, visited seven counties and have given 12 elementary school presentations. At the beginning of my year, I set goals to attend at least 50 events, give at least 20 school presentations and visit at least 15 counties. After my first six months, I am well on my way to achieving these goals and look forward to what this summer will bring!

Have an event you would like me to attend? 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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