Welsh Honey Show Rules

ALABAMA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

2019 FALL CONFERENCE HONEY SHOW

(Revised 08/14/2019)

 

The 2019 Alabama Beekeepers Association Fall Conference Annual Honey Show will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, Alabama 35045.

HOST: Alabama Beekeepers Association (hereinafter ABA)

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON:  Kathy Coleman, (334) 220-4352, eclecticbeefarm@hotmail.com

SHOW MANAGER:  Marilynn Parker, (770) 366-7455, 2nparker@bellsouth.net

ENTRY TIMES: :  Friday, September 20th from 12:30PM to 4:00PM and Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8 AM to 10:00 AM

NOTE:  Entries will not be accepted after 10:00AM on Saturday.

EXHIBIT FEE: None

ARRIVAL TIME: September 20, 2019; Between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.

LOCATION: Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, AL, 35045

JUDGING: September 21, 2019, Beginning at 11:00 AM

RELEASE TIME: All entries will remain in the show area for public viewing after the judging. All entries will remain on display until 12:00 PM Saturday, September 21st.  Exhibitors may pick up their entries on Saturday, September 21st between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM.  Entries not picked up by 2:30 PM will be disposed of by the Honey Show Committee.

SECRETARY: Marilynn Parker

JUDGES: TBA

 

General Rules of the Honey Show:

1.   The honey show is open to any ABA member who wishes to enter one or more exhibits, except as

otherwise specifically provided for herein. The honey show is NOT open to individuals serving as

judges, stewards, or show secretaries, nor to individuals who are immediate family members of

those individuals serving as judges, stewards, or show secretaries. 

2. Entries must be received between 12:30PM and 3PM on Friday, Sept. 20th and 8AM to 10:00AM on Saturday, Sept. 21st., at the Clanton

Conference & Performing Arts Center. No entries will be accepted after this deadline.

3.  Each Exhibitor must sign an affidavit stating that each exhibit he or she submits was produced by the Exhibitor in conformity with the rules set forth herein.

4.  Each Exhibitor may make only one exhibit per class. Duplication (same product) of entries by families

is also prohibited.

5.  All honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, or royal jelly exhibited, or made part of any exhibit, must be

produced by the exhibitor from honeybees owned and kept by the Exhibitor.  Any exhibit

previously submitted for consideration in any prior ABA honey show, with the exception of

mead, is not eligible for this competition.

6.  In instances where the exhibit may qualify for consideration in multiple classes, the exhibitor shall       have the final decision as to which class to enter the exhibit.  This selection will not be overturned by the judge(s).  Said exhibit will be judged based on the criteria set forth in the   selected class.

7.  Once exhibits have been accepted into the competition by the Show Secretary, they may not be           altered in any way.

8.  After submitting entries to the Show Secretary, exhibitors may not enter the area where the exhibits have been placed.

9.  The Secretary, Stewards or Judges are the only persons who may enter the honey judging area.

10.  Judges will enter the honey show area after the close of exhibitor acceptance. This is to ensure as      close to a blind judging as possible.

11.  Copyright of any submitted recipe, artwork, literary work, or other media remains with the   exhibitor, but the ABA has the unrestricted right to publish images of submitted recipe,      artwork, literary work, or other media in its newsletter, on its website, and via it’s social media           outlets, plus unrestricted rights to use the same in any related material for PR purposes.

12.  Allowances will be made for minor damage to cappings in entries in the comb honey categories,

                where such minor damage is clearly the result of previous judging in another show.

13.  For all mead, beer, and other honey beverage categories, any Exhibitor may, at their discretion,

submit a second bottle for chilled tasting.  If the Exhibitor chooses to submit a second bottle for

chilled tasting, the Exhibitor must submit two identical specimens, both suitable for judging.

After the exhibit is submitted, the show secretary will randomly select one of two bottles to be

placed in a cooler or refrigerated container.  The show secretary will place the other bottle on

the judge's bench. Both bottles submitted will be evaluated for the same criteria as a single

bottle exhibit.

14.  For all exhibits which require, or give the Exhibitor the option of using, any display case, dish, base,

frame, stand, or any other exhibition aide, the same should be presented in the same clean, neat, and uniform manner so as to compliment and add merit to the accompanying exhibit.

15.  Exhibits must be unmarked or identifiable in anyway, except as provided herein.  The Show

Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to each exhibit as provided

in the rules for each exhibition class.  The Exhibitor shall be responsible for placing the ID labels

on each exhibit as directed for each exhibition class, unless otherwise specified herein.

16.  Exhibits and other items not retrieved by the deadline posted for pick-up, shall be deemed   abandoned, and shall be donated to the ABA Honey Show Committee for future use or disposal.             The ABA is not responsible for any items left after the pick-up deadline.

 

Prizes & Awards:

It is the intention that ribbons will be given in all classes even if there is only one exhibit in the class. However, in order to receive an award that exhibit must be worthy of placement. Exhibit into a class does not guarantee an award.  The decisions of the judges are final.  After the announcement of awards, any exhibitor may meet with the class judge to discuss their exhibit and ask questions.  The show administrator will appoint a Referee who shall have final say in any matter pertaining to the contest if called upon. Exhibitors found willfully cheating, or purposefully altering or disfiguring an exhibit for the purpose of influencing the validity of judging will be disqualified from the contest, as well as from any future honey shows sponsored by the ABA for a period of not less than three (3) years.

                Ribbons will be awarded to Best in Show, First, Second and Third place winners in each class.  Prize cards with point values for participants in the Welsh Honey Judging Program will be awarded to the Best in Show winner and all First through Sixth place winners in all classes as follows: Best is Show = 6 points; First Place = 6 points; Second Place = 5 points; Third Place = 4 points; Very Highly Commendable = 3 points; Highly Commendable = 2 points; and Commendable = 1 point.

 


 

The following categories will be accepted and judged at the Honey Show:

 


HONEY (H) CLASSES:

H1a: Light Extracted Honey

H1b: Amber Extracted Honey

H1c: Dark Extracted Honey

H2: Varietal Extracted Honey

H3: Creamed Honey

H4: Chunk Comb Honey

H5: Cut Comb Honey

H6: Section Comb Honey

H7: Full Frame Comb Honey

H8: Black Jar

 

BEESWAX (W) CLASSES:

W1: Beeswax Block

W2: Beeswax Candles

BEVERAGE (B) CLASSES:

B1: Meads

 

ARTISAN (A) CLASSES:

A1: Artwork Related to Beekeeping

A2: Crafts Related to Beekeeping

A3: Notions, Potions, & Lotions

A4: Photography

A5: Beekeeping Gadgets

 

AWARDS 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 CARDS
*WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT AT CLOSING CEREMONIES TO RECEIVE RIBBONS AND PRIZE MONEY. You MAY PICK UP YOUR ENTRIES AFTER CLOSING CEREMONIES.

 

 

Rules for Individual Classes:

 

EXTRACTED & COMB HONEY

H1: Extracted Honey

Extracted honey is judged in three subclasses: (a) light, (b) medium or amber, and (c) dark. Entrants may submit one exhibit in each of these three classes. One exhibit of extracted honey is defined as two (2) one-pound jars. All forms of extracted honey are to be presented in one-pound, glass (no plastic), “Queen-line” or “Classic” style jars; any exhibits submitted in any other style of jar or container will be disqualified. Closures may be of metal or plastic. Tamper-proof seals are strictly prohibited; any exhibits submitted with any tamper-proof seal(s) will be disqualified.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; cleanliness of the jar and lid; correct fill level; uniformity of the two jars that comprise the exhibit; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors). *See Appendix hereafter for notes on correct jars and fill level.

                The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on each of the jars comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each jar, ½ inch from the bottom of the jar.   

 

H2: Varietal Honey

An exhibit consists of two (2) one-pound jars of 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 Georgia are eligible for consideration.  Entries will be 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 exhibit 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 exhibit as well? Preference is given to the best representative of each given varietal.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; cleanliness of the jar and lid; correct fill level; uniformity of the two jars that comprise the exhibit; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors).  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the variety, or predominant floral source, of the honey must accompany each exhibit.  

The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on each of the jars comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each jar, ½ inch from the bottom of the jar.  An ID label should also be affixed to the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit. 

 

H3: 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:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; cleanliness of the jar and lid; correct fill level; uniformity of the two jars that comprise the entry; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors); fineness of crystals, uniformity and firmness of product, cleanliness and freedom from foam or from added flavors, striation or colors.

The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on each of the jars comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each jar, ½ inch from the bottom of the jar. 

 

H4: Chunk Comb 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. 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.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; cleanliness of the jar and lid; correct fill level; uniformity of the two jars that comprise the entry; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors).

The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on each of the jars comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each jar, ½ inch from the bottom of the jar. 

 

H5: Cut Comb Honey

An exhibit 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 12ounces.  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:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb); cleanliness of the jar and lid; uniformity of the two items that comprise the entry; cleanliness and clarity of the honey; absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance; freedom from granulation, pollen, and brood; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors).  Total weight of the entire exhibit (2 sections) may be used as a tiebreaker.

The Exhibitor shall place ID one label on each of the containers comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each container. 

 

 

 

H6: Section Comb Honey

An exhibit of section comb honey is two (2) sections. Ross rounds and square section 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 12ounces.  There should be no leaking of honey from comb into the box.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb); completeness of capping;  absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance; uniformity of the two items that comprise the entry; freedom from granulation, pollen, and brood; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors).  Total weight of the entire exhibit (2 sections) may be used as a tiebreaker.         

                The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on each of the containers comprising the exhibit.  The labels should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each container. 

 

H7: Full Frame Comb Honey

An exhibit of full frame comb honey is one (1) frame of capped honey suitable for radial or tangential mechanical extraction.  Frames must be shown in protective casing without lacing or edging and both sides of the comb should be visible.  There should be no leaking of honey from comb into the box. Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; completeness of capping; uniformity of appearance and color (including the honey in the comb); cleanliness of the comb and frame; absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance; freedom from granulation, pollen, and brood; moisture content (only if needed); and aroma and flavor (for off aromas or flavors).  Total weight of the exhibit may be used as a tiebreaker.

                The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on the top, center of the display case containing the exhibit.  

 

H8: Black Jar

An entry consists of not less than two ounces, nor more than four ounces, of honey. Entries are to be submitted in black or colored jar which entirely obscures the contents of the jar. Judges evaluate entries for flavor only.

                The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on the exhibit.  The label should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of the jar, ½ inch from the bottom of the jar. 

 

W1: Beeswax Block

An exhibit consists of one (1) block of pure beeswax.  The block must weigh between one to two pounds, no more, and should have thickness no greater than 1.5 inches. The wax 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 block should be submitted on a plain, white paper plate, in a zip-top bag.  Alternatively, at the Exhibitor’s option, the block may be shown in a protective display case.  If a show case is used, it must not exceed 12”(length) x12”(width) x4”(depth), and the wax block must be readily accessible for judging. The show case will not be judged.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth herein; cleanliness; color; finish; and aroma (for off aromas).

The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on the underside of the wax block, and the second label on the lower right-hand corner of the display case lid or plastic bag.

 

W2: Beeswax Candles

                An exhibit is defined as two (2) candles.  The wax should be clean, and free of impurities.  Preferable color of the wax should be lemon yellow with a pleasant fragrance.  Molded tapers must have flat finished bases with wicks well centered.  The minimum length of all taper candles is eight inches.  Wicks must be waxed and trimmed to one-half inch in length.  One of the candles in each exhibit will be burned.  All candles should be presented in a free-standing, fire-proof base or candleholder.  Judges evaluate entries on the following:  confirmation with the criteria set forth in herein; cleanliness; color; aroma (for off aromas); uniformity; casting flaws; and sharpness of detail.

The Exhibitor shall place one ID label on the bottom of each of the candleholders the candles were submitted with, and another label on the bottom, or at the base, of each of the candles. 

 

B1: Meads

The Exhibitor may submit one example of a mead prepared by the Exhibitor.  An exhibit consists of one, clear glass standard 750ml wine bottle.  Punt bottles are acceptable as long as they are standard pattern wine bottles.  Tee Corks are the required (and only acceptable) closure; traditional inserted corks will not be accepted by the Show Secretary.  Mead should be filled to 5/8 of an inch herein the top of the shoulder of the bottle.  All mead must be produced from honey produced by the Exhibitor.  All entries will be tasted.   Judges evaluate entries on the following:  cleanliness, fill, color, clarity, lack of sediment, aroma, flavor, body, complexity, and finish.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the type or style of mead and the full recipe (including all ingredients) must accompany each exhibit.

The first label should be affixed at the front, bottom, center of each bottle, ½ inch from the bottom of the bottle, and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit.  *In the event an Exhibitor elects to submit a second bottle to be chilled for tasting, the Show Secretary will affix an additional identifying label across the top of the T-cork of the bottle to be chilled. 

 

A1: Artwork Related to Beekeeping

Artwork is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, often in a visual form such as (but no way limited to) painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. An Exhibitor may submit one example of any beekeeping-related artwork of their own composition. The artwork must be related to some aspect of apiculture, must be the original composition of the Exhibitor. The artwork must be mounted or freestanding in design. Judges evaluate entries on the following: confirmation with the criteria set forth in herein; subject matter, aesthetic appeal, technical proficiency, creativity, and originality.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item must accompany each entry. 

                The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the front of the of the exhibit (centered near the bottom), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit.  *If the exhibit is already signed or marked in some identifying way, the exhibitor may obscure the signature or identifying mark.  

 

A2: Crafts Related to Beekeeping

A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires particular skill and knowledge of a specialized field or subject. Craftsmanship typically denotes experience, knowledge, skill, and expertise in making things by hand. An Exhibitor may submit one example of any beekeeping-related craftwork of their own composition. The craftwork must be related to some aspect of apiculture, and must be the original composition of the Exhibitor. The craftwork must be mounted or freestanding in design.  Judges evaluate entries on the following: confirmation with the criteria set forth in herein; subject matter, aesthetic appeal, technical proficiency, creativity, and originality.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item must accompany each entry.

The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the front of the of the exhibit (centered near the bottom), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit. 

 

A3: Notions, Potions, & Lotions

                An Exhibitor may submit one example of any health, bath, or beauty product of their own creation, not otherwise encompassed in another class in this show.  The recipe for the exhibit must include honey, beeswax, and/or propolis produced by the Exhibitor.  Entries are to be presented in a re-sealable container appropriate to the item.  Entries should not be not less than one ounce (1oz.), nor more than eight ounces (8oz.) in weight.  All entries will be sampled.    Judges evaluate entries on the following: appearance, uniformity, texture, aroma, tactile feel, functionality, and originality.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item and the recipe (including all ingredients & procedure) must accompany each exhibit.

The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the front of the of container (centered near the bottom), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit. 

 

A4: Photographs Related to Beekeeping – Open

                An Exhibitor may submit one example of any beekeeping-related photography of their own composition.  The photograph must be related to some aspect of apiculture, and it must be the original composition of the Exhibitor.  The photograph must be mounted and in in a free-standing frame.   Judges evaluate entries on the following: subject matter, aesthetic appeal, technical proficiency, creativity, and originality.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item must accompany each exhibit.

The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the frame on the back of the of the exhibit (centered near the top), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit. 

 

A5: Beekeeping Gadgets

                A gadget is a mechanical or electronic device or tool, especially one of an ingenious or novel nature.  An Exhibitor may submit one example of any beekeeping-related gadget of their own creation.  The gadget must be related to some aspect of apiculture, and must be the original creation of the Exhibitor.   Judges evaluate entries on the following: craftsmanship, ingenuity, functionality, creativity, and originality.   *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item and its operation must accompany each exhibit.

                The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the front of the of the exhibit (centered near the bottom), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit.  

 

C1: Children’s Artwork

An Exhibitor may submit one example of a beekeeping-related illustration of their own composition. This class is open only to children in grades 1 through 12, and seventeen (17) years of age or younger. Entries will be judged in the following sub classes: (a) grades 1-6; and (b) grades 7-12).    Judges evaluate entries on the following: confirmation with the criteria set forth in herein; subject matter, aesthetic appeal, technical proficiency, creativity, and originality.  *A 3" x 5" white card with a description of the item must accompany each entry.

The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label on the front of the of the exhibit (centered near the bottom), and the second label on the 3" x 5" white card accompanying the exhibit.  *If the exhibit is already signed or marked in some identifying way, the exhibitor may obscure the signature or identifying mark.

 

C2: Children’s Essay

An Exhibitor may submit one essay pertaining to honeybees and/or beekeeping of their own composition.  The essay should be typed, and no less than 500 nor more than 1,000 words.  This class is open only to children in grades 1 through 12, and seventeen (17) years of age or younger. Entries will be judged in the following sub classes: (a) grades 1-5; (b) grades 6-9; and (c) grades 10-12).  Judges evaluate entries on the following: confirmation with the criteria set forth in herein; subject matter, grammar, creativity, and originality.  Essays previously entered in an ABA Youth in Beekeeping Award contest are not eligible.

The Show Secretary will provide each exhibitor with identifying labels to be affixed to the exhibit.  The Exhibitor shall place one label at the lower left-hand corner of each page of their essay. 

 


 

 

Appendex

*The correct jars for extracted honey entries.

 

 
*Notes on correct fill level:  The correct fill level on a “Queen-line” or “Classic” style honey jar is at the top of the fill ring of each jar.  The fill ring is the raised ridge or ring of glass immediately herein the shoulder of the jar, and herein the closure threads.  It can be distinguished from the threads in two ways: a) the fill ring forms a complete circle, without ends; and b) the fill ring will be completely parallel with the bottom and top of the jar.  There should be enough honey in the jar to reach the top of the fill ring, without going over.  Liquid honey in a circular shape forms a concave surface sometimes referred to as a meniscus.  For purposes of filling honey jars for exhibition, the edge of the meniscus should meet the top of the fill ring.  Herein the top of the fill ring is over-filled.  Herein the top of the fill ring is under-filled.  A jar of honey being over-filled is preferable to one being under-filled.