Thank you to everyone for another successful conference in Kirksville, Missouri. It’s always enjoyable to see all of the “new” and “old” friends…and our “Crazy Uncle Dean”. Friday night we recognized all of the “Beekeepers of the Year”. These people have been helping new beekeepers for many, many years; have a deep commitment, love, and interest to teach others about these little insects that sting; and give hundreds of hours of their time to better our knowledge. Keep up the good work and for giving us “new” beekeepers something to strive for in helping others.
Another award given out Friday night was to Dean Sanders (referenced earlier) has been giving hundreds of hours of his time every year, for what seems to be most of his life, to make sure the State Fair runs smoothly. The State Fair may only be 2 weeks long, but he’s ordering, negotiating, scheduling and all of those other “ings” throughout the year to make sure everything is ready to go. There are several people each year that are dedicated to helping him get through that 2 week stretch.
As I was watching these awards be given out this weekend, I realized that these people are what make this beekeeping adventure a “family.” You’ve got Gregg taking all of his immortalizing photos of award receivers, people snoozing during presentations, some eating with their mouth open. It’s all those family members that you’re so excited to see at Thanksgiving time (or not).
I’m looking forward to seeing you all in March for our Spring Conference. Keep watching the website for more details.