Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

 Each year, the Vermont Beekeepers Association's Tunbridge Fair Committee, led by Mary and Bob Stoddard, organizes a comprehensive and wide-ranging display about apiculture at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. It’s a very popular display at the fair.

0fOx0Q copyVBA booth volunteers posing with the blue ribbon. Pictured left to right:  Bob Stoddard, Mary Stoddard, Bill Mares, and Bob GrimItems in the display include an observation hive, honey sticks, pollinator garden seeds, a mannequin in a bee suit, beekeeping information, and much more. They also sell honey from a number of Vermont honey producers large and small who provided their honey to be sold at the VBA booth. This gives fair goers a unique chance to see the range of honey being produced in Vermont.

The Tunbridge World’s Fair is a popular and well attended event drawing many thousands of fair goers each year. The VBA display is colorful and eye-catching. It draws the attention of many visitors who stop by the booth, maybe buy a honey stick or some honey, and learn a bit about apiculture in Vermont. 

The booth is staffed by a group of knowledgeable VBA volunteers whose efforts are organized by the Stoddards. Mary Stoddard is a talented and efficient principal organizer behind the scenes.

IxJbZyMary Stoddard putting the finishing touches on the blue ribbon VBA booth at the Tunbridge World’s Fair 

Thanks to Mary and Bob’s leadership and the efforts of the crew of volunteers, this year’s VBA booth was awarded a blue ribbon for first place concession!

Congratulations and special thanks to the Tunbridge World’s Fair Committee and all of the VBA volunteers who helped organize the booth and who worked shifts during the fair!