2012 PennApic

Summer Picnic


Bring the whole family, the neighbors, or some friends, to the largest and best beekeeper picnic held in Pennsylvania.


Highlights include:


* Pig Roast, and enough great food to feed an army. Open corn boil, and the Big Green Egg will be on hand. Note: We do ask that families bring their favorite dish or sweets. Individuals who lack cooking skills, or families driving long distances, are asked to bring nonperishable items. (cookies, chips, etc.)


* Water balloon contest, with plaques going to the winner of both adult and children contests. Dawn Toutkaldjian will be defending her two-time championship title.


* The "Best Honey" Contest. Winner Jon & Kay Deardorff will try to defend their rotating trophy plaque. The winner will have their names engraved on the plaque. Bring a one pound bottle of YOUR honey and see how it stacks up against other beekeeper's honey. The 2012 winner takes the plaque home for the year.


* Honey Tasting Contest. Won last year by Grai Rice of New Paltz New York, this year the competition heats ups. See if you can tell the difference between local raw honey and commercial bought brands.


* Open Apiaries program. Working hives will be on hand for those wanting see some bees and ask questions. Bring your bee suit/jacket.


* A gold prospecting and panning demonstration with a professional. Learn how to pan, and try your luck finding some GOLD!


* Nature trails with a guided walk with naturalist Beth Kepley of Gifford Pinchot State Park.


* The presenting of the PennApic "Beekeeper of the Year" award.


* Entertainment includes live music with a Bluegrass band.


* Door prizes, raffles, and gifts for the children. 


* Children's treasure hunt, water Slip & Slide, and riverside activities will keep the kids busy.


* Or just sit under a shady tree and chat about bees, perhaps make a new friend, or connect with someone from the past. 

Friday evening social on July 27th., for those driving in from out of the area. Dinner, drinks, and a great social time is planned.


Saturday July 28th., the PICNIC. All day activities are planned.

Location: 200 Memory Lane, Dover, Pa. 17315


PennApic Board meeting starts at 10.am. Lunch served at Noon. Plan to stay the whole day.


On-site tenting and camping is available. Local rooms and state park lodging is also an option.


Below: Pictures from the 2011 Picnic.

Joyce Wilder greets those attending the picnic.
Honey judges thinking things through.
Dave Hill & Kim Goodman rest between activites.
Grai Rice came all the way from New Paltz, New York to claim first prize in the honey tasting contest.
Ken & Jennifer Johnson came down from Jersey Shore to find out what the buzz was all about.
Al & Julia Kurtz try to identify honey varieties in the honey contest.
(L-R) Michael Sankovick, Ron Gilbert & Millie Gilbert
Two time water balloon toss champion Dawn Toutkaldjian and her partner this year (son) Joe Cherry.
Beekeepers of the year Luke Cline, Jody & Duke Penneycoff.
folks line up to take their shot at guessing the honey varietals.