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
2014 American Honey Princess
Elena Hoffman Elena is the 19-year-old daughter of Brian and Beverly Hoffman of Millmont, PA. She is a sophomore at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a degree in biology with hopes of pursing a medical degree. Outside school, Elena works with her father to maintain their apiary, participating in hive management and honey extraction.
2014 Essex County Honey Ambassador
Kimberly Mandry of North Andover, MA has been chosen as the 2014 Honey Ambassador representing the Essex County Beekeepers Association. Kim became familiar with beekeeping at about eleven years old. She started working with the Essex County Beekeepers Association five years ago and has worked to help promote Beekeeping. Since then she has learned a great deal more about the world of beekeeping and has discovered a love for teaching and working with the public. Outside of beekeeping, Kim is an all-around animal lover and nature enthusiast. She loves riding horses, volunteering with animals at the MSPCA, hiking with her dogs, and working in her gardens. Kim also loves adventure and one of her newest found passions is skydiving. Starting in the fall of 2014, Kim will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a pre-vet major.