OCBA Beekeepers Celebrate 100 Years of Beekeeping in NC at NCSBA Conference

OCBA was well represented at the 100th Anniversary NC State Beekeepers Association Conference in Winston-Salem in July – at least 27 of OCBA members attended. That may be a record for OCBA attendance. The conference itself also set an attendance record with 813 of the association’s 4,456 members attending. NCSBA is far and away the largest beekeeping organization in the U.S.

Cynthia Speed's bee quilt generated $760 for apiculture research at NCSU

Cynthia Speed’s bee quilt generated $760 for apiculture research at NCSU

Cynthia Speed’s honey bee quilt was the highlight of the silent auction. Conference participants bought raffle tickets in the hope of winning the quilt as the grand prize. NCSU’s apiculture lab got a significant financial boost from Cynthia’s efforts. The beautiful quilt garnered $760 in raffle proceeds and her soft sculpture varroa mite earned $30 in the silent auction.

To honor NCSBA’s 100 years of service to beekeepers OCBA provided 100 unique, native pollinator plants for display and sale. These plants were nursed through the heat of summer by Chris Apple, Celeste Mayer, Lisa Vogel, Karen Lauterbach, Amber Tarter, Mary Leonhardi and Jeanne Arnts. The plants were displayed in the main conference hall for to see – and buy. This plant sale raised an additional $262 for Dr. Tarpy’s apiculture program at NCSU. All told, OCBA’s dedicated volunteers generated over $1,000 to support apiculture research in North Carolina.

In the prize categories, two OCBA Beekeepers walked away with top honors. Mark Powers won top prize in the photography category. Randall Austin received top prize in the mead category and third prize in the melomel category.

The revival of Bee Quiz Bowl was both educational and fun. The Bee Bowl provided a great opportunity to learn some of the finer points of beekeeping and to showcase the deep talents of NC’s beekeepers in a fun format. There are a lot of talented beekeepers in this state! Even though OCBA didn’t take home the Bee Bowl trophy, it was well worth the effort. Our Bee Bowl Team of Randall Austin, Lewis Cauble and Jeff Lee represented us well.

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