BEES

Superintendent - Don Brier - 572-2808 –  brierd@purdue.edu

MANUAL - 4-H 571(Division 1), 586 (Division 2), 593(Division 3) Record Sheet included in manual (or see links below)

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 poster title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative sub-title if you wish.

• There are no age specifications for beekeeping exhibits.

• 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 to 2 years) (One State Fair entry)

4-H 571 Understanding the Honey Bee

Exhibit one of the following on a poster:

1. Flowers Used to Make Honey – Display pressed flowers from 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey. Use the topic for your poster title.

2. Uses of Honey and Beeswax - Poster on uses of honey and beeswax. Use the topic for your poster title.

3. Setting up a bee hive- Poster on how to set up a bee hive. Use the topic for your poster title.

4. Safe handling of bees - Poster on safe handling of bees. Use the topic for your poster title.

Division 2: (may do 1 to 2 years) (Unlimited State Fair entries, one per

4-H member) 4-H 586 Working with Honey Bees

Exhibit one of the following:

1 Extracted honey – 2 one-pound jars, shown in glass or clear plastic, screw-top jars, holding one pound of honey each.

2 Chunk Honey (comb in jar) – 2 one-pound jars, (wide-mouth glass or clear plastic) holding one pound of honey each.

3 Cut comb honey – 2 one-pound boxes (displayed in a clear plastic box about 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 1 1/8 inch).

4 Working with Honey Bees - Present a topic from your manual to teach fairgoers about working with honey bees. Use you knowledge and creativity using the poster display criteria or in a notebook. Use the topic for your exhibit title.

Division 3: (may do multiple years) (Unlimited State Fair entries, one per 4-H member)

4-H 593 Advanced Beekeeping Methods

Display two of the four kinds of honey listed below:

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 wooden frames of commonly called "section"). Boxes are usually about 4 ½" x 4 ½".

e..Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.

Level: Independent Study: Grades 9-12, (one State Fair entry)

a. 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."

b. 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."