Beekeepers in the Bluegrass
Association Meeting Information

The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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The annual Beekeepers School hosted by the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association and the Capital City Beekeepers will be virtual this year! Join us March 12, 2022 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST for a full day of classes from some excellent speakers! There is no cost to attend this online Zoom event.

Click the link below to see the flyer for more information:

2022 Beeschool Flyer

 

Click the link below to register:

Bluegrass Beekeeping School 2022

We have missed getting together as an Association since the Extension office closed to groups. The office is still closed but the weather is warm enough that we can meet outdoors.

We will be meeting May 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, 293 Beasley Drive, Versailles.  From Lexington, take Versailles Road to Bluegrass Parkway. Take first exit #68 (Hwy 33), turn right (towards Versailles) at the top of the ramp. At the first light turn left onto Falling Springs Blvd. Follow signs to Falling Springs. Road ends at park entrance. Enter park, cross the railroad tracks and turn left, keeping the Railroad Museum on your left. Huffman pavilion is at the far end of the  parking lot.

We will not have any food provided (but you could bring your own) and everyone should bring your own camp chair/lawn chair. Masks are optional as they are not required outdoors. There are restrooms available near the pavilion.

The 2020 Bluegrass Beekeepers School will take place on March 7, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Kentucky State University. The Keynote Speaker will be Clarence Collison.  Classes will be offered for first year beekeepers, second year beekeepers as well as classes on queen rearing, candle making, honey labeling, treating for Varroa mites and much more.

Pre-registration is closed but walk-in registrations are welcome at the door beginning at 8:00 am. Cost is $45 per adult and $15 per child. Coffee, donuts, beverages and lunch are included.

Click here for a finalized Class Schedule:  2020 Class Schedule

Click here for a Campus map of KSU.  KSU map compressed

Registration and classes will be in Bradford Hall. Parking is available in student and staff lots. Please don’t park in individually marked spots.

Questions to: president@bluegrassbeekeepers.com

At our next association meeting on Monday, May 13th we have a busy meeting planned! We will have Sarah Preston, the KY Certified Honey Program Manager with KSBA make a presentation on the new program. Come find out how to apply for this certification for your honey that is produced in Kentucky.

Also, Sharon Tetterton, a beekeeper in our association a few years ago, has donated several beekeeping items to The Bluegrass Beekeepers Association.  Many of the items will be for sale at our next meeting with the proceeds going to the Association.  Listed below are some of the items up for sale.

Please come to the meeting with cash or check book to take advantage of this opportunity!

  • NEW  Assembled Garden Hive with 9 5/8 Brood Boxes. Includes frames and plastic foundation.
  • NEW and USED 8 Frame 6 5/8” (medium) Supers with frames
  • New 8 Frame 5 11/16” Super with frames and plastic foundation
  • 8 Frame Hive with frames and screened bottom board.
  • 10 Frame Hive with frames
  • 10 Frame Hive Body Boxes with frames
  • 10 Frame 5 11/16” Supers
  • 8 Frame and 10 Frame Bee Stands
  • 2 Ladies Bee Suits
  • Smoker and tools
  • Other bee supplies

In addition, we will present the updated Bylaws to the association members for a vote of approval.

Randy Rosbrook passed away Sunday, August 26th.  He was a long time member of the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association, mentor, educator and past president of the Madison County Beekeepers. He also participated in organizing Bluegrass Bee School and the EAS conference in Richmond.  If you only knew him through beekeeping, be sure to follow the link below to learn more about him and the services that are scheduled.

http://orpfh.com/obituary/randall-rosbrook