Tour the Fair
The Beekeeping & Honey Show at Topsfield Fair is the largest at any fair in North America. The first honey exhibits were entered in 1844. The show has been operated and sponsored by the Essex County Beekeepers Association since 1928. In 1998 the International Association of Fairs and Expositions awarded it "First Place" for the excellence of its presentation.
There are up to four live observation hives on display during the Fair. Knowledgeable beekeepers will explain the inner workings of a bee colony to fairgoers. Children can make their own honeycomb beeswax candle to take home as a souvenir of their visit to the Beekeeping Building.
At the 2007 Fair there were more than 250 entries into four divisions at the show including: honey, beeswax, beekeeping related arts & crafts and cooking with honey. The competition is open to all.
Essex County Beekeepers' Association
2013 American Honey Queen
Caroline Adams is the daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams of Plano, Texas. She began beekeeping six years ago through the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association and currently maintains three beehives. Caroline is a student at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where she is majoring in American sign language. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys playing and teaching violin and mandolin, serving at her church, sewing, cooking and, most of all, spending time with her family.
2013 Essex County Honey Ambassador
Stephen Sample is a member of the Essex County Beekeepers Association and has been chosen as the 2013 Honey Ambassador representing this organization. He has grown up in a Beekeeping family and has been working with bees since he was five. He has been active with beekeeping and the association since then and has also been an active volunteer at the fair with the beekeeping building promoting beekeeping to the public. Stephen has worked alongside several ambassadors and American Honey Queens during his years of volunteering at the fair. He has helped with the bee school that Essex County Beekeepers Association conducts by helping with the setup and by showing how to light a smoker to the students. Outside of beekeeping, he is very involved with his local Boy Scout troop and is currently a life scout working towards the rank of eagle. Through the boy scouts Stephen has taken a National Youth Leadership Training course and is now on the staff for this same course. He is currently a junior at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School taking Machine Technology. His plans for the future include going to college for Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Gunsmithing. He is proud to be representing the Essex County Beekeepers' Association and the Topsfield Fair in promoting beekeeping to the general public.