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
2017 American Honey Queen
Maia Jaycox, the 2017 American Honey Queen, will visit Topsfield Fair September 29-October 6, rounding out her National Honey Month Tour. She will make appearances at the Topsfield Fair during her stay, speaking to attendees about importance of honeybees to the public’s daily lives and how the diverse flightpath of honeybees extends from food to fiber. She will also share the information on how honey can enhance everyone’s natural beauty. Maia will make appearances throughout the fairgrounds and will be present at the Essex County Beekeepers Association’s bee building.
Maia is the 19-year-old daughter of Scott and Juli Jaycox of Webster City, IA. She is a sophomore at Iowa State University in the open option program with an interest in biology. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Iowa State. Maia began beekeeping with her family about four years ago and currently tends to seven hives of bees.
As the 2017 American Honey Queen, Maia 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 Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Maia will travel throughout the United States in 2016. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Maia served as the 2016 Iowa 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.
2017 Essex County Honey Ambassador
Andrew McClelland is 17 years old and lives in Groveland, MA. He is entering his senior year at St. John's Preparatory High School in Danvers. He has been competing in the Beekeeping Building's Fair competitions for 12 years and has been keeping bees for 6 years. He is also an active volunteer at the fair. Outside of beekeeping he enjoys singing and performing and is a member of St. John's A Cappella group. Andrew is also an active member of his local Boy Scout Troop.