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Beekeeping

December 20, 2018

BEEKEEPING
State Fair Entries:One entry in Division 1. Unlimited number of entries in Division 2 & 3 but only
1 exhibit per 4-H member.

GREEN RECORD BOOK COMPLETION REQUIREMENT:
Complete a Shelby County Record Sheet.

EXHIBIT GUIDELINES
• See Poster Guidelines in the Shelby County General Project Guidelines found on Page 62. The topic you choose for a poster will be your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You may also use a creative sub-title if you wish.
• No bee hives may be brought to the fair.
• Honey water content will be measured.
• Fill level: the honey should be filled to the jar shoulder, not over, nor under
• Chunk honey should go in a wide-mouth jar, preferably one specially made for chunk honey (see beekeeping catalogs)
• Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” (comb in jar) from “cut comb” (comb only in box)
• Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair.

Division 1
*may do 1-2 years, not based on age
Manual: Understanding the Honey Bee #4-H 571
Exhibit the following on a poster:
• Flowers Used to Make Honey -pressed flowers of 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey.
• Uses of honey and beeswax.
• Setting up a bee hive
• Safe handling of bees

Division 2
*may do 1-2 years, not based on age
Manual: Working with Honey Bees # 4-H 586
Exhibit one of the following:
• Extracted honey - 2 one-pound jars, shown in glass or clear plastic, screw-top jars holding 1 pound of honey each.
• Chunk honey (comb in jar)- 2 one-pound jars (wide-mouth glass or clear plastic).
• Cut-comb honey - 2 one- pound boxes (This is usually a clear plastic box about 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" x 1 1/8")
• Working with Honey Bees - Present a topic from your manual to teach fairgoers about working with honey bees. Use your knowledge and creativity to display this information on a poster or in a notebook.

Advanced
*may do multiple years, not based on age
Manual: Advanced Beekeeping Methods # 4-H 593
Exhibit two of the four kinds of honey listed below:
Extracted Honey - 2 one-pound jars (glass or clear plastic) .
Chunk Honey (comb in jar) -2 one-pound jars (wide-mouth glass or clear plastic) 2 one-pound boxes of cut-comb honey. Boxes are usually 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”.
Cut-Comb Honey-2 one-pound boxes. Boxes are usually 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
Comb Honey-2 sections of comb honey (honey built by bees in frames of wood commonly called "sections." Boxes are usually 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" in size).
                                     OR
• Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.


Independent Study
Grades 9-12
Exhibit
• Advanced topic - Learn all you 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”.

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