Division 1 (Grade ) 4-H 571
Division 2 (Grade ) 4-H 586
Division 3 (Grade ) 4-H 593
Independent Study (Grades 9-12)
Please follow the following link to print a manual for this project. BeeKeeping Manuals
Follow the following link for help with creating your poster: Poster Exhibit Tips
Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in the beekeeping project this year. Posters are to be displayed horizontally, sized 22” X 28”, mounted on a firm backing (foam core board or other, and covered in clear plastic or other transparent material. Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative sub-title if you wish.
1. There are no age specifications for beekeeping.
2. NO bee hives may be brought to the State Fair.
3. Honey water content will be measured.
4. Fill level: the honey should be filled to the jar shoulder, not over, nor under.
5. Chunk honey should go in a wide-mouth jar, preferably one specially made for chunk honey. (See beekeeping catalogs).
6. Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” (comb in jar) from “cut comb” (comb only in box).
7. Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair.
1. May do 1 to 2 years, in manual 4-H 571.
2. Present one of the following topics on a poster:
3. Flowers Used to Make Honey—display pressed flowers of 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey.
4. Uses of Honey and Beeswax. (NO Beehives)
5. Setting up a Bee Hive
6. Safe handling of Bees
1. May do 1 to 2 years, in manual 4-H 586. There is no limit on the number of exhibits a county may enter in Division 2, but only one exhibit per 4-H member is allowed at the State Fair.
One of The Following
a. Extracted honey – 2 one pound jars extracted honey, shown in glass or clear plastic, screw-top jars holding 1 pound of honey each.
b. Chunk honey – (comb in jar) 2 one-pound jars (>wide mouth glass or clear plastic)
c. Cut-comb honey – 2 one pound boxes (These are usually 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” in size.
d. Working with Honey Bees--Present a topic from your manual to teach fair goers about working with honey bees. Use your knowledge and creativity to display this information on a poster or in a notebook.
Division III and Above
1. May do multiple years in manual 4-H 593. There is no limit to the number of exhibits a county may enter in Division 3 and above, but only one exhibit per member is allowed at the State Fair.
2. Exhibit two of the four kinds of honey listed below: (#1-4) or prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping (#5)
a. Extracted Honey - 2 one pound jars (glass or clear plastic).
b. Chunk Honey (comb in jar) - 2 one pound jars (wide-mouth glass or clear plastic).
c. Cut-comb Honey - 2 one pound boxes. Boxes are usually 4 ½ x 4 ½
d. Comb Honey -2 sections (honey built by bees in frames of wood commonly called “sections.” Boxes are usually about 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” in size.)
e. Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.
Independent Study: Grades 9-12 (One State Fair entry)
• Advanced topic - Learn all you can about a beekeeping topic and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping – Independent Study”
• Mentoring – Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping – Mentor”
State Fair Entries No limit except Division