CHAIRPERSON – Marilynn Parker (770)949-6640, email@example.com
ENTRY FEE – None
ENTRY TIMES – 8:00-8:30AM Friday, 21st, 12:00-1:00PM Friday, 21st.
8:00-9:00AM Saturday, 22nd
Note: Entries will not be accepted after 9:00AM Saturday, September 22, 2018, at which time the Honey Show will be closed so that judging may begin.
If you have any questions about the rules or show protocol, please feel free to contact Marilynn Parker (Honey Show Chairperson).
All State Meeting attendees are encouraged to consider participation in the Honey Show.
Ribbon awards will be issued to the winners in each class.
AWADS AND PRIZE MONEY
BEST IN SHOW – ROSETTE AND $100
BLACK JAR – ROSETTE AND $50
FIRST PLACE – BLUE RIBBON AND $15
SECOND PLACE – RED RIBBON AND $10
THIRD PLACE – WHITE RIBBON AND $5
FOURTH THROUGH SIXTH PLACE – PLACE RIBBON
The Judges for the Honey Show will be Brutz English and Lynn Kelton. Both are University of Georgia/Young Harris College Bee Institute Senior Welsh Honey Judges.
*Ribbons and/or awards will be issued to the winners in each class.
* Winners must be present at Closing Ceremonies to receive ribbons and prize money. You may pick your entries after the Closing Ceremonies.
- The Alabama Beekeepers Association Honey Show Board reserves the right to limit the number of entries on a first-come, first-admitted basis.
- All honey and beeswax entries must have been produced by the submitter and within the last 12 calendar months. This time restriction does not apply to entries in photography, art, gadgets and crafts. All photography, art, crafts and gadget entries must be the product or work of the entrant.
- Honey with a moisture content over 18.6% will be disqualified.
- Do not label products in any way. Any identifying code sticker will be assigned to your entry at registration.
- Judging criteria are selected at the discretion of the Judge, and the decision of the Judge is final.
- Each Exhibitor must sign an affidavit stating that each entry he/she submits was produced by the Exhibitor in conformity with the rules set forth herein and that they have read these rules.
- Only registered Alabama Beekeepers Association members, in attendance at the State meeting, may enter.
- The Judges for the Honey Show will be Brutz English and Lynne Kelton. Both are University of Georgia/Young Harris Bee Institute certified Senior Welsh Honey Judges.
- Judges and stewards are excluded from competition.
The following categories will be accepted and judged at the Honey Show:
- Class 1: Extracted honey
- Light (2 jars)
- Amber (2 jars)
- Dark (2 jars)
- Class 2: Varietal Honey (2 jars) 3 x 5 card)
- Class 3: Chunk Honey (2 jars)
- Class 4: Creamed Honey (2 jars)
- Class 5: Cut-Comb (2 boxes)
- Class 6: Sectional Honey (2 containers)
- Class 7: Beeswax Block (single plain molded piece between one and two pounds)
- Class 8: Candle (poured,dipped or molded 2 candles – note candles will be lit during judging)
- Class 9: Lotions & Potions (lip balm, cream, soap, tinctures, furniture polish one example (3x5 card)
- Class 10: Original bee-related photography (1 single photo per frame in self-standing frame or easel with 3 x 5 card)
- Class 11: Original bee-related art 1 item (painting, sculpture, stained glass)(3x5 card)
- Class 12: Craft related to Beekeeping
- Class 13: Beekeeping Gadget (1 item)(3x5 card)
- Class 14: Mead (1 bottle with T cork)(No added flavors)
- Class 15: Full Frame Comb Honey (1 item must be in free-standing case)
- Class 16: Black Jar (at least 3 oz. Honey from exhibitors apiary.)
- Class 17: Children's Art or Craft
- Age 5-8
- Age 9-12
- Age 13-15
Contestant may enter in any or all classes but may enter only once per class. The same jars of honey cannot be entered in both the black jar class and another extracted honey class.
- All honey and beeswax entries must have been produced by the submitter and within the last 12 months. This time restriction does not apply to entries in photography, art, and gadgets. All photography, art and gadget entries must be the product or work of the entrant.
- Only one black jar honey is required.
- Submit extracted honey in standard one-pound queen-line jars; either plastic or glass is acceptable. Tamper-proof seals are not acceptable and should be removed prior to submitting your honey for judging.
- For extracted classes of honey, the Honey Show Intake Official can help advise the appropriateness of the honey to a particular class. However, the ultimate responsibility of deciding which class to enter the honey is solely that of the entrant.
- Submit chunk honey in standard one-pound chunk honey jars with wide mouths and straight sides. Insert only one piece of comb in jar. Tamper-proof seals are not acceptable and should be removed prior to submitting your honey for judging.
- The sole criterion in the black jar class is flavor. Your single (1)jar entry will be placed into black jars by staff. Tamper-proof seals are not acceptable and should be removed prior to submitting your honey for judging.
- Honey with moisture over 18.6% will be disqualified.
- Beeswax entries must be pure beeswax. Dyes, added fragrances, glitter or paints are not acceptable. Candle wicks and wick retainers are permitted.
- Art and photography must be presented in a self-standing frame, and each accompanied with a 3 x 5 card giving the title and brief “story” behind the piece.
- Photography entries must be single photos. Multiple photographs in a single frame are not permitted.
- All cosmetic entries must have a card stating the approximate percentage of “products of the hive” – honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, venom, et al – that the product contains.
- Do not label products in any way. An identifying code sticker will be assigned to your entry at registration.
- Entries may be submitted for the honey show at:
- 8:00 – 8:30 AM Friday, 21 September 2018
- 12:00 – 1:00 PM Friday, 21 September 2018
- 8:00 – 8:30 AM Saturday, 22 September 2018
- Entries will not be accepted after 8:30 AM Saturday 22 September 2018, at which time the room will be closed so that judging may begin.
Rules for Individual Classes:
Class 1: Extracted Honey
Extracted honey is judged in three subclasses: (a) light, (b) amber, (c) dark. Entrants may submit one entry in each of these three classes. One entry of extracted honey is defined as two(2) one-pound jars. All forms of extracted honey are to be presented in one-pound queen line glass or plastic jars without tamper proof seals. Closures may be of metal or plastic. There shall be no labels on the jars. Judges evaluate entries on the following: Cleanliness of the jar and lid; correct fill level; uniformity of the two jars that comprise an entry; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas and or flavors).
Class 2: Varietal Honey
An entry consists of two (2) one-pound jars of the same extracted varietal honey. Except as provided herein, judging criteria is the same as that for Extracted Honey. Only floral varieties native to, or commonly found within the State of Alabama are eligible for consideration. Entries will be also evaluated on the strength of characteristic(s), including aroma, flavor and color profile(s) typically associated with the given variety of honey. For example, is a given entry of “tupelo” honey strongly representative of what pure tupelo honey should taste like, or are there indications of the presence of other floral sources in the entry as well. Preference is given to the best representative of each given varietal. *A 3 x 5 white card with a description of the variety, or predominant floral source of the honey must accompany each entry. No name or other identifying markings should appear on the card. Other examples are Kudzu, Gallberry, Sourwood.
Class 3: Chunk Honey
One entry of chunk honey is defined as two (2) one-pound jars. Chunk honey must be displayed in straight sided glass wide mouth jars with one piece lids. The glass should not be embossed. Such jars are available from many commercial beekeeping suppliers. Only one chunk of comb should be in each jar for competition. The chunk of comb must be in one piece, with a straight mid-rib and of uniform thickness. The cuts should be clean and uniform. The chunk comb should be cut and sized to appropriately fit the container. The honey should fill the rest of the jar to the appropriate fill line. The comb should be oriented in the container as found naturally in the hive. Comb with watery cappings should be avoided. The comb should extend the length of the jar. The chunk of comb should account for at least fifty percent (50%) of the internal volume of the jar. Comb is judged for equal amounts on either side of the center rib. Judges evaluate entries on the following: The criteria stated above for judging extracted honey applies to judging Chunk Honey as well.
Class 4: Creamed Honey
An entry of creamed honey is two (2) wide mouth jars. Creamed honey must be displayed in clear straight-sided glass jars with one piece lids. Judges evaluate entries on the following: Creamed honey is judged on the fineness of crystals, uniformity and firmness of product, cleanliness and freedom from foam or from added flavors, striation or colors.
Class 5: Cut-Comb Honey
An entry of cut-comb honey is two (2) boxes. The boxes must be transparent on all sides made for displaying cut comb. Each section should weigh a minimum of 12 ounces. The chunk of comb must be in one piece, with a straight mid rib and of uniform thickness. Comb with watery cappings should be avoided. The cuts should be clean and uniform. There should be no leaking of honey from comb into the box. Judges evaluate entries on the following: Uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb), cleanliness, absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance, freedom from granulation, pollen, and brood. Weight should be uniform for each section. Total weight of the entire entry (2 sections) may be used as a tiebreaker.
Class 6 Sectional Honey
An entry of section comb honey is two (2) sections. Ross rounds and square sections entries must be displayed in the original square or circular section. Sections must be in clear plastic boxes made for the display of their respective style of section comb honey. Each section should weigh a minimum of 12 ounces. Judges evaluate entries on the following: uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb), cleanliness, absence of uncapped or leaking cells, no “wet” cell appearance, freedom from granulation and pollen, and uniform weight of each section. Total weight of the entire entry (2 sections) may be used as a tiebreaker.
Class 7: Beeswax Block
An entry consist of one (1) block of pure beeswax. The block must weigh between one to two pounds, no more and should have thickness of greater than 1.5 inches. The beeswax should be clean and free of impurities. The block should be smooth-surfaced and free of blemishes, decorations or embellishments. Preferable color should be lemon yellow with a pleasant fragrance. The beeswax must have been produced from the Exhibitor's Apiary.
Class 8: Candle
The beeswax should be clean and free of impurities. Preferable color of the beeswax should be lemon yellow with a pleasant fragrance. An entry for molded Tapers is defined as two (2) candles. Molded tapers must have flat finished bases with wicks well centered. The minimum length of all taper candles is eight (8) inches. Wicks must be trimmed to one-half inch in length. An entry of dipped tapers is two (2) candle sets still connected or four (4) candles. Dipped tapers should have the last drip left on, the wicks must be left joined. Minimum length is eight inches. An entry for Molded Ornamental is two (2) candles. Wicks must be trimmed to one-half inch. The form must have a flat finished base with wicks well centered. Molded Ornamental candles will be judged on the above criteria as well casting flaws and sharpness of detail. One of the candles in each entry will be lighted. The beeswax must have been produced from the Exhibitor's Apiary.
Class 9: Lotions and Potions
All entries must have a card stating the approximate percentage of “products of the hive” - honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen etc. that the product contains. Judges evaluate on appearance, uniformity, texture, aroma, tactile feel, functionality and originality. An entry consist of one container of any health, bath or beauty product or cleaner , polish or tincture along with a 3 x 5 card giving recipe which must include honey, beeswax, pollen or propolis that was produced from the Exhibitor's Apiary.
Class 10: Original Beekeeping Photography Photography entries must be a single photos related to beekeeping. Multiple photographs in a single frame are not permitted. They must be in a self-standing frame or use an easel along with a 3 x 5 card giving the title and a brief story behind the photograph. They will be evaluated on subject matter, aesthetic appeal, technical proficiency, creativity and originality.
Class 11: Beekeeping Related Art
An entry is one item. A painting must be displayed on easel or free standing. Stained glass pictures must be displayed free-standing or on an easel. Sculpture should be free standing. All Art items must have a 3 x 5 card giving the title and a brief story describing the piece.
Class 12: Crafts Related to Beekeeping
Each member may enter one craft item of their own making. A 3 x 5 card on which a brief description of the craft is written must accompany each entry. No name should appear on the card or item. An example could be fabric art ie. quilt, apron, place mats, honey room apron or pottery,wood carving, welding etc.
Class 13: Beekeeping Gadget
An entry is a mechanical or electrical device or tool to be used in any aspect of beekeeping and of the exhibitors own creation. It will be evaluated on craftsmanship, ingenuity, functionality, creativity and originality. A 3 x 5 card must accompany with a description of item and its operation and how it pertains to beekeeping.
Class 14: Mead
An entry of Mead is one clear (not frosted) colorless 750ml wine bottle. The mead is to be made by the process of fermentation and closure is to be a T style cork. Mead should be filled to 5/8 of an inch above the top of the shoulder of the bottle. Judges evaluate entries on the following: Cleanliness, fill, color, clarity, lack of sediment, aroma, body and flavor
Class 15: Full Frame Comb Honey
An entry of full frame comb honey is one (1) frame of caped honey. Frames suitable for extraction must be shown in protective casing without lacing or edging and both sides of the comb should be visible. Frames must be 100% capped. Judging: Full frame comb honey entries are not judged for flavor, unless fermentation is apparent. Judging criteria are uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb), cleanliness, absence of uncapped or leaking cells, no “wet” cell appearance, freedom from granulation and pollen, and symmetry throughout the frame. Total weight of the entire entry may be used as a tiebreaker.
Class 16: Black Jar
A single jar (1) entry of 3 ounces or more in any kind of jar. The sole criteria is flavor. It will rate as “Alabama's Finest” for one year!
**Class 17: Children's Art or Craft **
New this year!
Any art or craft produced by a Child in the three age categories. a) Age 5-8 b) Age 9-12 c) Age 13-15 Please allow this to be the child's own work. A 3 x 5 card must accompany the piece describing the piece and the child age. No name should show on the card or the piece of work. (Painters tape will be used to cover any names.)
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