This years show was once again a resounding success at the YBKA pavilion. We had three very hectic days with many hundreds of people coming through our pavilion, all very interested in our displays with countless questions on every aspect of our beekeeping profession.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank ﬁrstly, all of our association volunteers who gave up their time to come along and be part of our educational team over the three days of this years show. Without them we just couldn’t put on this display, covering every aspect of beekeeping. I also would like to thank our chairman Phil Gee and Tony Jefferson who came along and not only helped to set up the displays, but were greatly involved in the organisation of the three day event. One of our main attractions in the pavilion is the sales of our members own various types of honey. This task falls to our YBKA treasurer Nobby Cooper who every year surpasses himself with ever greater sales. This could not take place without the fantastic work done by Peter Schollick on our honey tasting stall, where he tirelessly talks to the public explains all the differences of the many types of honey for sale and encouraging them to purchase the ones they like the best.
We also host two charitable stands at our pavilion, the Bees for Development stand run by Frank Ward of Harrogate and Ripon BKA and his wife. Plus the Bees for Abroad stand run by John and Mary Holmes who come along annually as part of the YAS honey show team. Both raising much needed funds for great causes. Outside we had our observation hive where two members stand each day explaining all the inner workings of a beehive and the various functions of the queen bee and other bees within it. Educating the public and future beekeepers to the ﬁner points of our craft. Finally and equally and important we had Jim Pearson who brought along his microscopes with various slides of the inner workings of a bees anatomy plus a selection of pollen grains all under the microscopes to interest old and young. Plus his brother Geoff Pearson in his gazebo making straw skeps and showing the public old and young how it’s done. He draws a great crowd with up to 6 persons a time throughout the day being shown how to make skeps and having a go under his tuition for themselves.
Across the way in the new Honey Pavilion we have the YAS Great Yorkshire show Honey Show. Now securely one or our countries top shows, attraction between 6/700 exhibits each year and now under the new direction of Chief Steward Peter Lewis. Who once again organised and set up a fantastic display of the very best honey and wax products, plus meads and melomels, cakes and confectionary of every conceivable type on display. Not only from our counties top show beekeepers but from many other areas also as this show is open to all, and culminating in a tip top show the public loved There were 133,542 members of the public at this years show through the gates and I’m sure all went away very happy having had a great time.
Thank you everyone and don’t forget folks. it’s the Yorkshire Beekeepers honey show coming up shortly at the top Autumn Countryside Live show held on the same YAS show ground at Harrogate on the weekend of 21/22 of Oct. we hope to see even more new exhibitors taking part this year, even if it’s just in the novice classes. We need your support so come along and bring your honeys and wax exhibits to the show.
Look forward to see you there.