Special Events at the 2017 Fall Conference include the Conference Honey Show, the demonstrations and resources provided by the OSU Honey Bee Lab, the Silent and Banquet Auctions, and the Luncheons and Banquet. Information about what each has to offer is in the sections that follow.


The Fall Conference provides an opportunity to enter products of the hive from your bees in this year’s Honey Show. Entries are due by 9:45 am in the OSU Room of the Pavilion. Judging begins at 10 am.

Please note that information given previously about the Honey Show entries has been changed. The changes in categories are:


Comb Honey
Extracted Honey
Beekeeping Photo
Gift Basket

Honey Steward: Susan Rauchfuss

Judge: Marjie Ehry
Judge: Virginia Webb


 Comb Honey – 3 lots of 3 rounds
 Extracting Frames each class– 3 frames
 All Other Honey – 3 pint jars
 Extracted Honey – 3 Standard, Uniform 1 lb. honey jars

COMB HONEY:  Class #1
 1. Comb honey, any one variety (3 round section)
 2. Comb honey, any one variety (3 square section)
 3. Chunk honey in a jar, (3 wide mouth pint jars)

Extracting frames:
 4.   Full depth, any one variety (3 frames)
 5    Shallow, any one variety (3 frames)
 6.   Western, any one variety (3 frames)
 7.   Semi, any one variety (3 frames)
Extracted liquid honey  3 – 1 lb. queen line jars
 8. White
 9. Amber
10. Dark

11. Creamed Honey (3 pints jars)
BEESWAX:             Class #3
17. Natural or Sun bleached 1 lb. (1 piece)
18. Beeswax candles, 100% beeswax 2-5 lbs.  (dipped large single or several pairs)
19. Artistic beeswax, 100% beeswax. Entries can be several pieces, but must be fastened together. Entries can be different shades of wax, i.e., brood wax or capping wax. No artificial enhancements.
Entries must be in an 8” x 10” black frame, subject matter: “The Joy of Beekeeping!” Use your imagination.
Must contain at least 5 honey and related bee products.



The OSU Honey Bee Lab will have a mobile lab at the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and take a look! You will have an opportunity to see how the lab members Hannah Lucas and Carolyn Breece analyze honey bee samples for Nosema, Varroa mite counts, and dissect bees for tracheal mites and hypopharyngeal glands. The OSU team can also tell you about current research projects and extension events. Honey bee samples may be dropped off for varroa and/or nosema analysis to be completed within 1-2 weeks after the conference.

Research Assistants: Carolyn Breece and Hannah Lucas

Collecting Samples for Analyses: Please collect live bees in a leak-proof container, place in freezer to kill, then deliver frozen or in alcohol.  While live-collected samples are preferred, we will accept samples of bees collected when dead. Please understand that results from samples collected dead will not be as informative; they cannot provide an entirely accurate picture of the colony’s disease/parasite status. Please carefully label your sample with sample date, location, and hive identifier, and e-mail address.



Donations: Donations for both the silent and banquet auctions are welcome! You can drop them off at the Registration Desk on October 27 or October 28. All proceeds from the Banquet and Silent Auctions are donated for research.

Silent Auction

Manager: Suzannah Kruse

Banquet Auction

Manager: OSU Honey Bee Lab





Title: Easy Money, Easy Money

Presenter: Harry Vanderpool

Menu: Organic Field Greens Salad, Tomato/Cucumber/Mozzarella/Basil Salad, Herb-Roasted Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb-Marinated Chicken Breast, Northwest Salmon, and Chocolate Ganache Cake with a Hazelnut Crust


Saturday Luncheon

Title: Bee Informed Partnership

Presenter: Ellen Topitzhofer

Menu: Caesar Salad, Wild Mushroom Orzo Alfredo, Zucchini Saute, Stuffed Portobello MushroomsHerb Marinated Chicken in Marina Sauce, Garlic Bread, and Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart


Sunday Luncheon

Title: OSU Honey Bee Lab Update

Presenter: Dr. Ramesh Sagili

Menu: Fiesta Salad, Cilantro Lime Rice, Frijoles a la Charra, Beef Taquitos, Cheese Tamales, and Mexican Style Pastry with Raspberry Filling


Reminder: Tickets for the Banquet and the Luncheons are separate from conference registration. Menu items subject to change.