• Annual Picnic for CVBA 2017

    Date: 2017.09.18 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    2017 PicnicWhat a great time!  (You can view more photos on the PHOTOS page of our website.) The CVBA annual picnic for 2017 was held Sunday September 17, which had been delayed from the 10th due to Hurricane Irma. Even with the change in date, the turnout was terrific. There was a vast amount of food and several activities happening that kept everyone busy.  Beeswax candle making is always a hit as well as the honey tasting contest and the smoker contest.

    Bill Mead

    Bill Mead with Picnic coordinator, Mark Eckman

    We had 12 entries in the honey contest consisting of a surprising array of colors and tastes. Judging was not easy with so many great honeys. The winner for 2017 Best Tasting Honey goes to Bill Mead!  Congratulations Bill!  He received a beautiful plaque for this achievement, and a huge gift basket prize.

    The gift baskets were put together by Misty Lizarralde, Human Resources Manager, Snyder’s-Lance.  Thank you to Snyder’s-Lance for once again providing our wonderful top-honor prizes!

    The plaque award is new this year and is an honor given from the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association.

    An honorable mention in second place was Jenny & Mark Eckman’s honey, and in a tie for third, William Farris’ and Steve Slappy’s .  Congratulations to you all.

    Freddy Beegle

    Mark Eckman with Fred Beegle

    The smoker contest was a fierce competition, but in the end Fred Beegle was the winner for the large size smoker and Matt Young was the winner for the smaller size.  Both skilled beekeepers went home with a large gift basket and bragging rights until next year.


    Mark Eckman with Matt Young

    A sincere thank you to Mark Eckman, picnic coordinator and to the Beegle Family for hosting all of us at your farm once again for a terrific picnic event!

    Our next meeting will be October 9th at the GA Extension office meeting room. Meeting time is 6:00 PM.