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
2018 American Honey Queen
Kayla Fusselman, the 2018 American Honey Queen, will visit the Topsfield Fair September 28-October 3, rounding out her National Honey Month Tour. She will speak to attendees about the importance of honeybees to the public’s daily lives and how honeybee pollination directly shapes our livelihood. She will also share information how honey’s beautiful spectrum provides endless possibilities and the many treats that honeybees provide. Kayla will make appearances throughout the fairgrounds and will be present at the Essex County Beekeepers Association’s bee building.
Kayla is the 23-year-old daughter of Brian and Diane Fusselman of Kempton, PA. She is a graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art education. Kayla is an active alumna with the Kutztown High School FFA chapter and the Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors.
As the 2018 American Honey Queen, Kayla 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 American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Kayla will travel throughout the United States in 2018. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Kayla served as the 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.
The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.
For more information on Queen Kayla’s Massachusetts visit and to schedule an interview, contact Chris Delaney at 978.618.5479.
2018 Essex County Honey Ambassador
Ryan Duggan is 20 years old and a resident of Saugus, Massachusetts. He is beginning his sophomore year at North Shore Community College and plans to later transfer into a Bachelor's Degree program to prepare for a career in the environmental field as a park ranger or conservationist. In addition to beekeeping, he enjoys reading, writing, archery, and knitting. Ryan is an active member of the Essex County Beekeepers Association and a member of the Essex FFA Chapter, the Saugus Tree Committee, and Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (S.A.V.E.).