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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Mary Sheldon is doing a study involving whether there is an increase in pesticides in honey from urban beekeepers from companies spraying for “Zika mosquitoes”.  She needs some samples from beekeepers. Below is the link for the application to get your honey tested. She needs about a pound of honey to test from everyone. There are only 20 spots available for the tests but the tests are free. 


Starting in March the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association will be having an early session for new beekeepers on the same nights as our regular meetings but starting at 6:30pm instead of 7:00pm. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions. 

If you are a newbee, show up and ask questions. 

If you are an experienced beekeeper, you can help answer questions.

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Hope Pettibon, the 2017 American Honey Princess, will visit Kentucky March 6-11.  She will participate in the Capitol City Beekeepers Association’s Bee Friendly Frankfort event and will be a guest speaker at the Bluegrass Beekeepers Bee School on March 11.  During her visit, she will speak about the importance of honey bees to Kentucky agriculture and how honey bee is key to our next meal.  She will also share information about the many uses for honey in the home.  

Hope is the 20-year-old daughter of Patrick and Christie Pettibon of McKinney, TX.  She is currently attending a bible college in south Texas and has future aspirations to be a wilderness emergency medical technician.  Hope has been keeping bees with her family since 2004 and has earned awards for her honey.  Prior to being selected as the American Honey Princess, Hope served as the 2016 Texas Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.

As the 2017 American Honey Princess, Hope serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.  

The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country.  In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.  

For more information on Princess Hope’s visit and to schedule an interview, contact Capitol City Beekeeper Association Marsha Bezold at the following number: 859.753.4450 and email at


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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops—such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits—to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.