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January Meeting - Beekeeping 101 & Autoclave Sterilization
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

January Meeting - Beekeeping 101 & Autoclave Sterilization

The January meeting is an introduction to beekeeping for anyone wanting to start in 2019. Please come to get more information and to meet local beekeepers.

We are set to have the autoclave at the Louisville Nature Center for our January 6th meeting.  You can drop off your equipment before the meeting between 2 p.m and 6 p.m. so that it has time to sterilize and pick it up at the meeting itself.  This goes for any wooden/metal equipment you want sterilized.  Any boxes or frames that are used will be steamed to a disease-free state.  Wax will melt, so if you want your comb, remove it first.  The autoclave collects the steamed wax at the bottom and they are able to take it and analyze the contents for diseases, which benefits beekeeping in the area.

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OTS Beekeeping
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

OTS Beekeeping

The Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association is hosting Mel Disselkoen "OTS Queen Rearing" Author in February 2018
SATURDAY February 2nd, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library @ 7300 Jefferson Boulevard Louisville, KY 40219

I'm happy to announce that the KBA will be hosting Mel Disselkoen to speak to us about OTS Queen Rearing and OTS Beekeeping on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This will give you time to implement the OTS methods in Spring of 2019, if you choose to do so. Exciting!

Register your spot here!
This event is free and open to the public, but we are asking you register and we are suggesting a $10 donation to help with the costs of hosting. If you cannot afford it, you are still welcome to come, but please register.

*We have reserved the large meeting room that holds 120 people.  We need volunteers to help us setup, take-down, take donations, etc., so if you are willing to volunteer an hour before or an hour after, please let us know at kba@kyanabees.com.

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Holiday Party and Competitions
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Party and Competitions

I have some exciting news about this year's holiday party!  We are expanding the competition categories so that more people are able to participate!!!  This year, we will be giving away six awards going to the below categories.  Get your entries ready!

  1. 2018 Volunteer of the Year - pre-selected by leadership.

  2. Best Edible Honey Product -  Any kind of edible food product made with honey.  This includes savory dishes like honey bbq wings or honey cornbread cakes, spiced honey butter, honey bread as well as drinks like mead and honey tea.  Creamed honey flavored or unflavored is also included in this category.  Will be judged by the crowd.  Everyone will get a ticket to vote.  Unlimited entries per person.

  3. Best Honey Dessert - Speaks for itself, bring your baklava, honey cakes, honey tarts, honey nut bars, honey cookies, honey pies and more!  Will be judged by the crowd.  Everyone will get a ticket to vote.  Unlimited entries per person.

  4. Best Black Jar Honey - Bring in your different honey varieties, we will pour a little in a small cup for judges and return the bottle to you.  Unlimited entries per person.  We will have a panel of judges who will vote on the honey by FLAVOR alone.

  5. Best Beeswax Art - Time to bring out the creative juices!  This category includes honeycomb art, beeswax art, and candles.  Anything you can make that is artistic in nature out of beeswax is included.  It does not have to be your own beeswax.  Will be judged by a panel of judges.  Criteria: Color, Cleanliness, Novelty of Mold or Sculpture, Workmanship.

  6. Best Beeswax Product - Do you like making beeswax products?  If so, please bring in your items to participate in this portion of the competition.  This includes any soaps, body lotions, body butter, lip balm, wood polish, mustache wax, bug bite and sting balm.  Candles are included in the beeswax art category, not this one.  Will be judged by a panel of judges. 
    Criteria: Attractiveness, Originality, Commercial Appeal, Quality, and Usefulness.

Reminder this is also a pot-luck style event, so bring a dish with you to share.  The club will be providing meat/veggie sandwiches.

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