Alabama Beekeepers Association

2014 Annual Meeting 

Schedule of events

 Registration Form

 Honey Show Rules

Slate of Nominees

Driving Directions

The 2014 Convention will be held September 26 & 27, 2014 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center in Clanton, Alabama.

The Performing Arts Center is a fantastic facility with a 600 seat auditorium, a 13,000 square feet exhibition hall, caterer kitchen, either three or six classrooms, ample parking, suitable situation for live bees, and only 1.1 mile off I-65 at exit 212.

There will be topics for everyone whether you are an experienced beekeeper, beginning beekeeper, or non-beekeepers.  There will be plenty to eat and plenty to do, plus the fellowship will be great.

The following suppliers will be at the convention:

There will be other suppliers at the convention some of which are:

  • Petals from the Past - a nursery in Jemison, at Exit 219

  • Rock Bridge Trees  - Bee friendly and other trees

.This is a dynamic list so check back as convention date approaches for new additions.  

Orders placed with attending suppliers will be delivered to the convention with no shipping charge as such, however each supplier may add a small delivery charge.     Please check with individual suppliers regarding delivery charges.     Delivery charges are generally quiet a bargain when compared to  "ship from the factory" charges.      Due to travel distance, Mann Lake will be flying to the convention so they will not be able to bring merchandise that you order with them to the convention however right now they are offering free shipping on all orders over $100 and that will apply to orders placed at the convention.

You must be there to pick up your order(s) or arrange to have someone pick them up for you.    Place your orders timely and request delivery at the Alabama Beekeepers Association annual convention.    Their trucks and trailers fill up pretty fast and once full, no more orders can be taken from that supplier for the 2014 convention delivery so be sure and place your order as early as possible.    Check your normal delivery costs, it may be that your convention delivery savings will cover a significant portion of your convention related expenses!

Make your plans now to attend.  You do not want to miss this meeting.  We will have another “Beekeeper of the Year” award.    The Beekeeper of the Year is recommended by the members and final selection will be made by the President with help as needed from the Board of Directors.   So get your recommendations in to the President ASAP.   

The main door prize this year will be a nine frame extractor.      There will also be many more door prizes.

We normally have rooms blocked off and special deals worked with several local motels in the area but this year only the Holiday Inn would offer us anything special and that is 10% off their regular room prices.     In the aggregate, there are 330 motel rooms available, all at interstate exits.   Five motels are at exit 205 and one at exit 208, along with the RV park.  The are no motels at exit 212, where you get off to go to the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center (CPAC).

Only the Holiday Inn Express offered a discount of 10%.  The others said that they would be happy to have our business but cautioned that reservations should be made early.    Most said that they are at 100% capacity on weekends with guests making reservation weeks or months in advance.     They also mentioned that rates might vary for reservations made online with the national chain or one of the discount booking companies (, etc.).     Follows is a comprehensive list of the six motels in Clanton, plus one RV park.  Each one was visited personally to gathered this information.

Exit 205

New construction - Very nice.

            63 rooms - King or double $129.00 less 10% + tax

            Over two people in a room - Add $10.00

            All rooms are non-smoking

Express breakfast included

Microwave, refrigerator & free wi-fi

Managers - Paresh & Darshana Patel

Phone (205) 280-1880

New construction - Very nice.

53 rooms - King or double $85.00 + tax

Rate is for two adults and two children

All rooms are non-smoking

Continental breakfast included

Microwave, refrigerator & free wi-fi

Manager - Paresh Patel

Phone (205) 280-1006


Older motel but newly furnished - Clean & well kept

41 rooms - King $49.95 + tax - Double $52.95 + tax

All rooms on ground floor for easy access

Smoking & non-smoking rooms

No breakfast served

Wi-fi, pool & free HBO

Manager - Dilip Patel – 18 years on the job there

Phone (205) 251-1962


Newer construction – Nice

40 rooms - King or double $50.00 + tax

Rate is for two adults

Smoking & non-smoking rooms

Continental breakfast included

Microwave, refrigerator & free wi-fi

Manager – Agit Patel

Phone (205) 755-8500


Former Holiday Inn Motel – Older facility

60 rooms - King or double $59.00 + tax

Smoking & non-smoking rooms

Continental breakfast included

Microwave, refrigerator & free wi-fi

Manager – Jenee Miller

Phone (205) 755-2420
Exit 208


Former Shoney’s Motel

73 rooms - King or double $54.00 + tax

Smoking & non-smoking rooms

$1.00 breakfast coupon at Shoney’s next door

Microwave, refrigerator & free wi-fi

Manager – Bryan Smith

Phone (205) 280-0306


50 sites on a stocked lake with fishing privileges

Pull-through sites $35.00 - Back-in sites are $1-$2 less

Group of 6 or more get 10% off

Manager - Linda Byous

Phone (205) 755-2623

Exit 212



(Adjoining the Jefferson State Community College on Hwy 145, also known as the Lay Dam Road)

Click here for Convention registration forms.


 last updated 917/14 brf/be