28th Annual  Field Day

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 10 am - Rain or Shine!


Where: Queen Right Colonies, Ltd.
43655 State Route 162
Spencer, Ohio 44275


Field Day is a Free Event for Everyone! For 28 years the Lorain County Beekeepers Association and Queen Right Colonies have made it their goal to provide the Best Ever Field Day for Beekeepers, Friends and Family alike. You don't want to miss out on this year's Field Day it has something for everybody with the emphasis always on beekeeping.
Field Day is held at Queen Right Colonies, a family friendly 17-acre century farm, where you will experience more than beekeeping. QRC is teeming with animals including; alpaca, goats, sheep, squirrels, doves, chickens, zebu cattle, and fallow deer, just to name a few. And in the past couple of years, the old Amish house went through a complete renovation. It was turned into a beautiful, quaint Antique & Gift Shop, now known as "Das Amish Haus".
On Field Day you can expect accomplished beekeepers giving talks and demonstrations on a variety of interesting topics.


This year is no different. We are thrilled to have Reed Johnson, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Dept. of Entomology. His research focuses on the relationship between honeybees, pollinators and their environment, with an emphasis on the effects of pesticides to include understanding the physiological basis of pesticide toxicity. Pollinators are vital for the production of many fruits, nuts and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, almonds, tomatoes and pumpkins. These crops are also vulnerable to pests and diseases, which are often controlled through the use of pesticides. However, pesticides may be toxic to insect pollinators, setting up a conflict between the need for pollination and the need for pest and disease control. To understand how to protect pollinators from the pesticides and other toxins they encounter is a main focus. The managed European honey bee, Apis mellifera, serves as a model pollinator for toxicological testing. Honey bees are the most economically important pollinator in the U.S. and serves as an excellent model species.


Demonstrations and classes for Field Day this year include; Peggy Garnes, OSBA President, teaching on Queen Assessment. Peggy has 20 plus years in beekeeping and 140 colonies, last count. She is a queen producer, queen breeder, and traveling speaker. A great class to attend!


Gene Gargas and Randy Leiby, productive and successful beekeepers, both work closely with new class members to see that they get a great start in their beekeeping adventure. These two classes are necessary for those who are getting started in beekeeping.


This year we also have the pleasure of having Shannon Warder, licensed in the Sport of Falconry with her Red Tail Hawk Sabrina, born April 2021.


So be sure and mark your calendar, bring your family and friends as the farm environment makes for a wonderful, relaxed and enjoyable day for all. Field Day is a free event filled with classes, speakers, games, raffles, door prizes and more.


Field Day is here again!


Saturday, June 4th starts 10 a.m. promptly, come early to register, 9:30 am. This is a free event for the whole family sponsored by LCBA and QRC. Come and bring a friend and don't forget your veil. Parking will be available in the west field or at the QRC blue warehouse west of the farm and walk to the event.

Dr. Reed Johnson,  Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Dept. of Entomology

“The Relationship between Pollinators and their Environment and the Effects of Pesticides on Bees”