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The National Honey Show 2008
Andrew Gibb
A dazzling display was again on show at the NHS in its new venue
'THE 77th National Honey best exhibitors in the UK. LECTURES fascinating talk which was
Show 30 October to Well, it certainly did not an interim report ofdisappoint this year and,
Dewey Caron from the continuing research. Other1 November 2008 – new
with the good natural University of Delaware in speakers included Dennisdate and venue' was how
lighting in the display area, the USA spoke about Ryan, Giles Budge, Steve
the news of the change to it was easy to view the Colony Collapse Disorder Ryan and Clive de Bruyn.
this familiar annual event exhibits. (CCD) which thankfully, as The only drawback to the
greeted us in the This year there were 173 far as we know, has not yet lectures this year was that
advertisement in the August exhibitors which made a total arrived in the UK. He gave a the room was not big
edition of Bee Craft. of 1264 entries in 243 classes progress report as research enough to accommodate
continues. comfortably all those thatThe organisers of the show including the county classes;
wanted to attend them. Ihad decided to move to a good number for a show of He also presented the Bee
am sure the problem will be St George’s College in this magnitude. The judges Craft sponsored lecture on
addressed for next year.Weybridge, Surrey. So how reckon that overall the pollination where he told us
did it shape up you may standard of exhibits was very that a significant number of WORKSHOPS
ask? Initial reactions have so good, particularly so when crops in the USA rely on
far been favourable. The considering the poor season These were an innovationhoney bee pollination
main change from the which beekeepers had to this year following aincluding almonds,
previous venue is that all the accommodate. suggestion made at the 2006 cranberries, pumpkins,
various aspects were located show. Nine workshops wereAll the judge’s comments cherries, strawberries and
relatively close together: held in parallel with thewere very favourable for the blackberries. To the
honey show, lecture room, lectures ‘to assist new or less venue with more space for American commercial
workshops, refreshments experienced exhibitors in thethe exhibits and excellent beekeepers, pollination
and office for queries, so lighting, making their job art and skills of showing andcontracts are more important
this made for a more much more enjoyable. for income than the help raise the general
cohesive event than collection and sale of honey. standard of exhibits’. Their
previously. Bee Craft sponsors the prizes format was ‘designed to identify
for the photographic classes Keith Delaplane, from theThe show was opened by
and has the opportunity to University of Georgia, spoke Harry Riches, the Show
decide whether to use them about the Small Hive Beetle President. He treated us to
in the journal. The which, again, has not yetsome of his reminiscences
transparency classes, been discovered in the UK.
about selecting mead from however, were not so easy to g
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C the show. Needless to say, might consider some sort of lecture on bee parasites d
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the worse for wear by the these classes. and pollination. This was a T ev
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waste any good mead by A beautiful box decorated
spitting it out after tasting with tapestry on
it! beekeeping themes
SHOW ENTRIES
This is always an interesting
place to start your visit to
see what chance you might Row upon row of honey,
have had against some of despite the poor season
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