Alaska State Fair Honey and Beekeeping Entries

Alaska State Fair Exhibitor Guide
Honey & Beekeeping

SABA Member Dawn Cowan

Honey and Beekeeping Exhibits

Farm Exhibits Entry Time:
Tuesday, August 20, 2 pm – 8 pm in Farm

Ty Tobias
Alaska State Fair Honey Judge
Preparing Liquid Honey for Fair Exhibit
(the way I do it)    by: Tang Johnston
Alaska State Fair Judging
Obtaining Quality Honey
Each year SABA members volunteer at the Demo Booth at the Alaska State Fair
This  effort is organized by Dawn Cowan, Beekeeper and longtime SABA member.
Dawn is volunteer Superintendent for the Alaska State Fair Honey and Bee Exhibits

If you are interested in working at the Bee Demo Booth you can email Dawn at:
What you will need:  1 lb Glass Queenline Jar - Candy thermometer - Quart Jar - Cooking Pot - Fine Nylon for
straining honey - Spoon or Toothpick, table knife, etc for skimming.  Plenty of time, and patience.
Fully capped frame
of honey.
Use little or no
smoke as honey
absorbs odors
One lb Glass Queenline jar
& Candy Thermometer
One Quart
Canning Jar
Nylon paint strainer - can be
found at almost any hardware
store, or where paint is sold.
Wash strainer and dry
thougoughly before using.
These are the right size for
filtering honey, although any fine
nylon will work also.
You can use filtered
melted crystalized
honey, or liquid
honey from fully
capped frames
This gives you the
lowest moisture
content for your

I fill my quart jar about
2/3 to 3/4 full, so as to
have plenty for my
one lb Queenline Jar

Place jar with honey in
a cooking pot with
water, at least half way
up the jar.

Heat on medium heat
until honey reaches
130 to 140 degrees
(using candy
thermometer to
measure temp)

I put a lid (no ring) on
loosely.  Honey draws
moisture from the air,
so I do not want my
honey to gain any
moisture from the
steam from the water.
Turn off heat and let
the fine bubbles, wax
and other particles
float to the surface.

No, I don't know how
long...maybe 20-30 min.

Then take a spoon and
begin skimming off
the flotation.

You may need to
reheat and skim
several times to
get it all
(I think mine has mostly
been three heatings
and skimmings.)
Some honey clears
quickly, some is more
cloudy and may not
become completely
clear. Enter it anyway!
When you are satisfied
the honey is as clear
and as particle free as
you can get it, hold it
up to a light and
inspect your honey
When it is completely
clarified you are ready
to pour into the
Queenline Jar.
(It pours best when
very warm)

Very very slowly and
gently pour the honey
from the quart jar into
the Queenline
jar...along the side
(like you would pour a
bubbly drink)
Continue to pour until
the 1 lb jar is filled to
within 1/4 inch from top.
Yes, I see a bubble in
there!  Here is where I
get the toothpick or
flat kitchen knife and
carefully remove
the bubble.  
Very carefully, as not to
drizzle in the honey
and create more
Double check to
make sure the
honey is 1/4 inch
from the top
Ok!  Almost done!  Now I take a piece of thin
plastic and lay it over the top of the jar and screw
on the lid.  Wipe the jar free of fingerprints, etc
and head for the fairgrounds to enter!
(the plastic wrap will be removed before judging,
it's just there to keep honey from getting on the
underside of the lid and possibly disqualifying)

Bragging rights!...customers love to hear what
ribbons you have won with your honey
Remember, you are never too "new at
beekeeping"!  It's not even all about
winning a ribbon!  People from all over the
world come to the fair and examine and
enjoy our entries. It makes a beekeeper
and his family so proud to see their honey
displayed in SABA's display case at the fair!
There are many other exhibit options for
Honey and Beekeeping  Check the
Exhibitor Guide
(More demos coming at a later date)
2018 Honey Judging and Winners
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Honey and Bee Exhibits Entry Time:
Tuesday, August 20, 2 pm – 8 pm
at the Bee Demo Booth in the Big Barn
If you are available to work at the Bee Demo Booth you can email Dawn at:
Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association
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