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The State Fair will soon be upon us.  Hans Junga is organizing the efforts with an assist from Rob Sorrensen and a plethora of volunteers.  Many have already contacted Hans, but more help is needed.  Hans can be contacted by phone at 315-482-6438 or by email at
The opportunity to sell honey at the fair is available to all ESHPA members.  ESHPA will pay 4.00/lb for honey; the requirements are:
1.    NY honey only
2.    1 million dollars in liability insurance
3.    Producers only
4.    Members of ESHPA only.
Product that can be sold at the fair include honey packed in either glass or plastic, creamed honey, candles and soap, lip balm, hand creams, polishes and creams.
Also keep in mind the honey competition at the fair.  Catagories, rules, and entry forms are available at the NY State Fair web page (  Hover on the “COMPETITIONS” tab and click “HOW TO ENTER”.  Then under Find A Competition choose “Agriculture – Farm Products” from the Category drop down, enter “Commercial Conventional and Organic Fruit, Vegetables, Maple & Honey” from the Subcategory drop down and click SEARCH.  "Division F" (pages 10 and 11) contains 9 different classes for the honey show entries..  Deadline for forms and fees is July 23rd.  If the online instructions are too daunting, Hans will have information at the picnic.

Entries can be dropped off in the office at the Horticulture Building the week before the fair starts, or, preferably, at the honey display the day before the fair, Wednesday, August 22nd.  The judging will take place on Thursday morning, August 23rd.  The honey ompetition will be judged by Dr. Nicolas Calderone.

Finally, Danielle Dale, the 2012 American Honey Princess, will be sponsored by ESHPA at the NYS Fair, August 27-30.  She will speak to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to agriculture and how honeybee pollination gives our world diversity.  Many thanks go out to the Girl Scouts ( for providing housing and transportation for Danielle.  This is also a great promotional opportunity for honey sales at the ESHPA booth.


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