ACBA of Kentucky hosted a fabulous field day at the home of two of their members. I'm writing to rave about it...
The event began with a sign-up (now I wonder where they got the list of names for the door-prizes...) and the handing out of the day's agenda. Once all were present, the host gave us the option to follow the adjenda singly as a group or to divide up and add a few more advanced subjects to the list, which is what we did. By their having ample beeks present qualified and eager to teach, we were able to split into 2-3 large groups covering an array of subjects.
One of the highlights was "12 Months with a First-year Beekeeper." Sadly I missed the name of the presenter, but he is a natural when it comes to speaking. He simply made a great presentation full of those bits of wisdom which we tend to take for granted. And his wit! Now I'm a strick no-nonsense type of guy, myself. But he even caused me to feel a bit cheerful more than once.
There were people of all ages and experience ranges, including one boy who you've all seen yourself. He's the new kid who's head-deep into the hive without a veil or gloves while all the adults are appropriately suited up. He raises chickens, he told me. He thinks he might use his chicken money to buy bees, now. He received two of the door-prizes (a smoker and a hive tool) from 2 of our senior beekeepers who really revealed their character, character which wasn't in short supply. I think this is what makes such hobbies and events so great.
It ended as it began, a great field day with beekeepers doing what beekeepers do, sharing in the exchange of knowledge and the sincere hand-shake. I met a few people who I suspect hover around here at times.
But then it didn't end. The host was so sincere in that he was there until sundown anyway that a few of us stuck around. In doing this, we got to go with him to collect a couple of swarms. Very much fun so do as a team and to see how others do things.
Hats off to Allen County Beekeepers Association and the Vernon family for a wonderful day.
I'll be emailing out photos with those who attended. If I didn't get your name, shoot me a private message or get with the association.
The long-haired guy in the funny-looking (yet quite nonsensical) bandana
Mammoth Cave Beek Association
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