2011 Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc., Summer Picnic

(8th annual Bjorn/Oxbow Picnic)

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association



Picnic July 30, 2011



Location: 180 Century Lane, Dillsburg, Pa. 17019


Open to ALL!



* Bring the family, another beekeeper, a good lawn chair, and your bee veil. The bee yards as well as the entire farm will be open for your enjoyment. This is the bee picnic that is actually a BEE PICNIC! Taste the greatest mead, check out bees, and rub elbows with the best group of beekeepers you will ever find. And the corn boil, chicken barbecue pit, and the homemade food is first class. Open to all!


July 29, Friday


6-9 p.m. - Early arrival and Set-up.

The farm will be open for campers who would like to drive in from across the state. If you would like to park an RV, put up a tent, or would like to stay in the farm house, please let it be known.


There will be a casual evening planned on Friday with an open pit barbecue and refreshments. This is for anyone coming in from outside the area and staying over Friday night, and any local beekeepers who would like to have dinner, and possible pitch in with setup.


We will also be barbecuing a full pig starting Friday night for the Saturday picnic.

So if you can drop by, please do so.

July 30, Saturday.


9-12 - Open Apiary Program.

We will be advertising in various news outlets that the apiaries will be open Saturday morning for anyone interested or thinking about starting beekeeping. We will need several volunteers to take groups out into the bee yard, explain what beekeeping is all about, and answer any questions. Potential new beekeepers are invited to stay and attend the picnic festivities. We will be asking that PennApic members consider bringing a guest or anyone who may be interested in starting bees.


10 a.m. A short queen rearing workshop will be offered to those who want to show up and learn the art of grafting and the finer points of queen rearing. We will have the grafting table open for beekeeper to give it a try. Experienced queen breeders will be available to answer all your questions.


10-12 - Early Set-up

We will need some help setting up for the picnic. So if you can come by early, and help out, that would be appreciated.


10:30 - 11:30 PennApic Board meeting. Open to all members.


NOON - Opening comments and announcements for the picnic. Everybody should try to be at the farm no later than Noon.


12:30 p.m. Lunch is served.


1:30 p.m. Plant swap. Local beekeeper John Hoffman from Mt. Holly Springs, has been bringing Evodia (Bee-Bee trees) to the picnic for years. Building off his generosity, we will have a plant swap this year. Bring a nice perennial plant from your place. All those bringing a plant will draw a number and gets a chance of selecting the plant you want to take back home with you.


2 p.m. A nature walk will be presented with group participation. Over 10 new tree species as well as 20 ground cover bee producing plants have been added to the farm since the last picnic. We have cataloged most of the plant species on the farm, exceeding 54 individual plant species for you to see. All designed to give you the chance to see the floribunda in it's natural setting.


All Day - Children's game challenge. Hillbilly golf, a treasure hunt, the hay loft swing, nature trails, all wait the young, and young at heart. Do not let your child wear sandals or flip flops. Sneakers highly recommended.


New This Year - Honey Taste Challenge. We will have a vast array of different floral types of honey on hand. Contestants can taste each one, and guess as to what type honey is being offered.


Think you have the best tasting honey? Bring a one pound jar of YOUR honey for the honey judging contest and see if you are judged best in 2011. Winner will be awarded a "rotating" trophy. Contest is for PennApic members.


3:30 p.m. The famous water balloon contest! This year, we will have multiple levels for children and adults. And of course plenty of extra balloons for the kids afterwards. This annual event is a highlight for many.


4:30 p.m. Door prizes and raffle winners.


5pm to ? Cleanup, socializing, and probably some of the best bee talk of the weekend. Every year, a few stay behind after everyone leaves and helps put everything away. As the picnic becomes a larger event every year, I do not want to ask the same people every year. If you can help out, we would appreciate it very much.

Get Directions To:
180 Century Lane
Dillsburg Pa. 17017

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