Evening with Iowa State Fair Apiary Judge, Ginny Mitchell

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

This event has been organized by Andy Joseph, our state apiarist and the Iowa State Fair Apiary Superintendent, and Roy Kraft, president of the Iowa Honey Producers Association. 

Learn what the judge is looking for!  Tips and tricks for preparing the perfect State Fair apiary entries!  Overview by Andy Joseph.  

Ginny is a knowledgeable beekeeper, entomologist, and lover of all-things-BEE. She coordinates the ISU Insect Zoo, sharing her knowledge of insects to people of all ages, all over the state. We’ve been very lucky to have Ginny as our State Fair Apiary Contests Judge for several years now. This is a big job, and one that requires her unique skill set and her passion for poring over the details of each of every exhibit.

If you’ve ever wondered what in the world the judge looks for in an observation hive, how to get that Blue Ribbon for your honey, beeswax art, or a photo class, or if you’ve ever had an idea for assembling one of those awesome window display cases, but didn’t know how to start… This is your chance!

Ginny has created a presentation itemizing how she judges each class of entry. She’ll share lots of insight on just how to create perfect exhibits. This will be interesting and educational for all! Additionally, IHPA President and dedicated fair exhibitor, Roy Kraft, will speak about volunteering in the IHPA Honey booth - which is always a great time. I will briefly discuss the “superintendenty” nuts & bolts of obtaining your entry tags, delivering your exhibits just prior to the fair, earning points, ribbons and awards, and I’ll attempt to answer any other questions you may have.

Zoom with Iowa State Fair Apiary Judge, Ginny Mitchell, plus co-hosts Iowa State Fair Apiary Superintendent, Andy Joseph and IHPA President, Roy Kraft

Saturday, May 29th from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Please log into Zoom by 6:20 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 876 1424 8250

Passcode: Apiary

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