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South East KY Bee School

gwhitisThe South East Kentucky Bee School will be held Saturday February 20th, 2016 at the McCreary Central High School.  There will be a total of twenty four classes taught with participants able to attend four classes.  All classes are Honey Bee related.  You do not have to have honey bees to attend.

McCreary Central High School is located on Raider Way in Stearns Kentucky.

Key note speaker will be Tammy Horn Potter, State Apiarist for Kentucky.

The school is being hosted by the Big South Fork and Whitley County Beekeepers and the McCreary Central FFA.

The cost to attend is $20.00 if pre-registered by February 8th or $25.00 at the door, for couples the cost is $30.00 by February 8th and $40.00 at the door. Under 18 is free. Registration fee does include lunch and refreshments.  For a registration form contact the McCreary County Extension Office at 376-2524 or stop by the Extension Office.

The program begins at 8:00 am with registration.  The school kicks off at 9:00 am with the opening session by Tammy Horn Potter.

Session One will begin at 10:00 am and will consist of the following classes: Beginning Beekeeping I, Making Splits, Queen Rearing, Growing Bee Friendly Plants, Cooking With Honey and Harvesting Your Crop

Session Two will begin at 11:00 am and will consist of the following classes: Beginning Beekeeping II, Races of Bees, Pest in the Hive, Involving Kids in Beekeeping, Re-Queening and Queen Issues and Marketing Your Crop.

Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon and there will be a trade show.  Companies present for the trade show will be: Kelley Bee Supply, Dadant Bee Supply, The Honey and Bee Connection and Kentucky State Beekeepers Association.  You will be able to purchase items from these suppliers.  If you need a large number of items you need place your order at least a week ahead and they will bring it to the school.

Session Three will begin at 1:15 pm and will consist of the following classes; Beginning Beekeeping III, Making Splits, Queen Rearing, Black Bear Control,  Exhibiting Honey and Supplemental Feeding

Session Four will begin at 2:15 pm and will consist of the following classes; Beginning Beekeeping IV (Question & Answer), Bee Removal from Structures, Preparing for Winter, Swarm Management, Diagnosis of a Hive, and Products from the Hive

Closing session will be at 3:05 pm.  There will be a number of door prizes given away at this time.

For more information contact Greg Whitis at 376-2524, e-mail gwhitis@uky.edu, or go to the following web site

http://mccreary.ca.uky.edu/DocumentsAndMaterials

A registration form can be retrieved from the web site.

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