Time: 10 am - Rain or Shine!
Where: Queen Right Colonies, Ltd.
43655 State Route 162
Spencer, Ohio 44275
Welcome to the greatest Field Day an anywhere! Sometimes things are so good you have to do it again and the 2019 event with Albert Robertson was just such an event. The LCBA/QRC Field Day is really an event for everyone because it has something for everybody. Held here at Queen Right Colonies, a 17-acre century farm, in conjunction with the Great Lorain County Beekeepers Association. Get ready for more door prizes, more games, more to see and do than any beekeeping event anywhere. In addition, there are non-beekeeping events and things to see and do, such as Alpaca Shearing Demo, Tours of the Farm, meet our menagerie of livestock that include Prevost Squirrels, Mouflon Sheep, Muntjac Deer, Fallow Deer, Zebu Cattle, White Peacocks, Pygmy Goats, Red Fox, Aoudad Sheep, various species of birds, more White Homing Pigeons than you will see anywhere in one place, plus it is all FREE. Tour an authentic Amish starter home, which has been converted into an Antique & Gift Shop. As you can see, this is not just an event for beekeepers, but for friends and family as well. The emphasis will always be on beekeeping and everyone is welcome here.
In 2019 we were fortunate to have Albert J. Robertson from Saskathchewan, Canada, developer of the Saskatraz Honeybee and the Saskatraz Honey Bee Project. Specializing in commercial honey production and queen breeding since 1975. In 2018, QRC became one of six OHB authorized dealers of Saskatraz honeybees and with such overall success we have never looked back. The Saskatraz Project is a collaborative effort between Olivarez Honey Bees and Albert J. Robertson, a journey which began in 2004. Albert also has a family farm operation involved in grain production, pedigree seed, and purebred beef cattle. Those who had the opportunity to attend June 2019 Field Day, had a front row seat to talk to Albert himself and listen to the details of this race of bee and all its attributes.
Now fast forward to 2021, yet again a second chance to spend a day with the breeder, developer and researcher of this highly sought after honeybee. Albert is a geneticist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of molecular genetics and biology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
I don’t think this opportunity will avail itself again to beekeepers in this area so make sure to mark your calendar for this date Saturday, June 5, 2021. Bring your family, your friends, and your notebook. You won’t want to miss this great event!
We are also fortunate to have Peggy Garnes, OSBA president. Peggy is a beekeeper with 20 years experience keeping 140 colonies, queen breeder, nuc producer, and traveling speaker for OSBA and past Western Reserve Representative. Peggy will do a two part open hive class on, “Assessing (Part 1) and Maintaining (Part 2) Colony Health.”
Another highlight to this year’s event will be the addition of Tim Arheit. Tim is a past president of OSBA and a part of the OSBA traveling speaker program as well as the current webmaster of OSBA. Tim will do a one hour, open hive demonstration on the topic of, “How and When to Requeen.”
We always address the current new beekeeper or the beekeeper wishing for a refresher class, which is why we will be offering the topics of My First Year of Beekeeping Part 1 and Part 2. These classes will be taught by John Rose and Phil Bartosh; both of these gentlemen have eight to ten years of experience working with and teaching new beekeepers. Phil is the current Cuyahoga County Bee Inspector.
Field Day is here again! Saturday, June 5th 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 Queen Right Colonies (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.