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.
There are 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
2016 American Honey Queen
Kim Kester the 2016 American Honey Queen, will visit Topsfield Fair October 1-8. She will be speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to the public's daily lives and honeybees connect us from coast to coast. She will also share the information on the versatility and diversity of honey. Kim will make appearances throughout the fairgrounds and will be present at the Essex County Beekeepers Association's bee building.
Kim is the 24-year-old daughter of Jim and Barb Kester of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, where she double-majored in dairy science and poultry science. Kim began beekeeping in 2014 and now owns six hives. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Agricultural Education at Iowa State University.
As the 2016 American Honey Queen, Kim 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 Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Kim will travel throughout the United States in 2016. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Kim served as the 2015 Wisconsin Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers' markets, via media interviews, and in schools.
2016 Essex County Honey Ambassador
Lindsay Huff lives in Merrimac, MA where she grew up. She was educated at Northern Essex Community College. Lindsay has been an active member of the Essex County Beekeeping Association for four years. Lindsay has been a volunteer with the Essex County Bee Association at the Topsfield Fair for the same number of years and most recently was the Beekeeping Department Food Division Chairman. This past spring she attended the E.C.B.A. bee school and started her own hive. During the school year she runs a before and after school program for elementary age children. When she's not busy with the E.C.B.A. and works as a dog walker and dog care provider.