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Topsfield Fair, P.O. Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983
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Beekeeping & Honey Show - General Information

175th Edition, America's
Largest International Award
Winning Beekeeping and Honey Show

Established 1844

Sponsored By The Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. Since 1923

Superintendent: Christine A. Delaney, Boxford, MA

* There Are Numerous Changes And Rearrangements For The 2018 Exhibition. It Is The Responsibility Of All Exhibitors To Carefully Read And Comply With All General Rules & Regulations As Well As Those For Each Division Following.

*Exhibits May Be Subject To Movement, Relocation Or Consolidation, After Judging Completed.

Only one entry in each class is allowed per person. There is no limit to the number of classes that can be entered.

Entry Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2018

Youth Exhibits

Youths under the age of 18 may enter any class in the Beekeeping Department with the exception of Division 1; Section C; Class 2, Section D; Classes 1 and 3 and Division 4; Section P, Classes 1 thru 6. Youth exhibits will be judged separately and will be awarded prizes as stated.

General Rules & Regulations

(Apply to ALL Divisions within the Beekeeping Department)

  1. All entries in Division 1, 2, and 3 should be brought to the Beekeeping Building for registration and set up on Friday, September 21, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M and/or Saturday, September 22, between the hours of 9:30 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. NO EXHIBITS IN DIVISIONS 1, 2, OR 3, WILL BE REGISTERED AFTER 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 22, 2018. All exhibits must be set up and ready for judging, by 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
  2. Entries in Division 4, will be accepted for exhibit on Wednesday, September 26, from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and on Thursday, September 27, from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. NO EXHIBITS IN DIVISION 4 WILL BE REGISTERED AFTER 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 27, 2018.
  3. Exhibits will be released on Monday, October 8, from 7:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. and again on Tuesday, October 9, from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. except exhibits in Division 1, Section D, Classes 1 and 2. Which must be picked up on Sunday, September 23 between the hours of 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
  4. All exhibits entered in the Beekeeping Department must promote the art and science of honeybees & beekeeping.
  5. All exhibits must be produced by and/or prepared by the exhibitor and only ONE entry may be entered in each Class by any one exhibitor.
  6. All Classes in all Divisions are open to amateurs provided that all qualifications are met. Division 1; Section C; Class 2, is open only to representatives of national manufacturers of beekeeping supplies.
  7. Entry blanks for all Divisions, Sections, & Classes are contained in the back of this Exhibitor's Handbook. Exhibitors must supply their address and phone number. Pre-registration is requested. Send entry forms to: Topsfield Fair, Attn: Beekeeping Dept., Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983-0234.
  8. Exhibit space will, unless pre-registered, be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis. Exhibits and displays are to be displayed in an area no larger than thirty (30) inches wide by up to (44) inches deep, except Educational displays Div. 1, Section D, Classes 3 and 4. Commercial displays in Div. 1, Section C, Class 2 will have an area no larger than five (5) feet in width and five (5) feet in depth.
  9. Any exhibits in Division 1, Section C, Class 2 or Section D, Classes 3 or 4 that are designed with side panels or "wings", must be attractively covered or finished on the "back" side so as not to detract from adjoining exhibits.
  10. In Division D, All classes Feeder jars will be removed for judging and during fair hours. Sufficient stores should be provided within the hive. Jars will be in place while the fair is closed to the public.
  11. Exhibitors MUST SUPPLY their own extension cords, push pins, scotch tape, candle holders or other such articles necessary for their exhibit(s). THE BEEKEEPING DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE SUPPLIES OR TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR EXHIBITOR USE.
  12. Items previously in competition shall not be entered for a second time and will be disqualified.
  13. The Superintendent, Fair Committee Chairman and Division Chairman reserve the right to reject any entry or exhibit in any class which fails to conform to the Regulations or fails to promote the honey bee and beekeeping, or which tends to lower the standards of the Beekeeping department.
  14. GROUP ENTRIES: Any entry prepared by more than one person must be entered under a group name. Prizes/Ribbons will be issued to that group. The display will be identified by the group's name. Please identify if entry is youth or adult.
  15. All decisions of the judges are final.
  16. All exhibitors should print their entry form after completion and bring it with them when they are bringing their entry to the fair.

BEEKEEPING DIVISION 1 - HONEY PRODUCTS

Entry Form Due Date: September 19, 2018

Rules & Regulations

(Beekeeping General Rules & Regulations apply as well as the following)

  1. All honey must be packed in leak-proof containers of the correct size and type: i.e. Liquid honey, Section B, Classes 3 through 6 in 1 lb. Queenline style GLASS Jars only, with white plastic caps; creamed & chunk honey in wide-mouthed jars; comb honey in clear plastic cut-comb boxes; round comb honey in round plastic containers with clear covers on both sides, etc. Jars containing liquid honey must be filled to the top of the large glass ring located below the cover. No tamperproof seals.
  2. Color classification of liquid honey will be determined at a time prior to judging. Entries of a single exhibitor, which are determined to be duplicates will have one entry disqualified by the judges.
  3. Sticky jars, discolored/damaged covers, the use of non-standard or incorrect honey containers (unless otherwise stated) or the noting of obvious defects in product(s) will result in automatic disqualification. Any honey with moisture content above 18.6% will be disqualified. Honey with moisture content of 16% will receive full points. Below or above will have points deducted.
  4. Frames of honey, Section A, Classes 4, 5, 6, & 7 must be totally enclosed in a rigid case with clear glass or clear rigid plastic on both sides.
  5. No identifying labels indicating the exhibitor's name or address may be placed on any honey entry in Division 1 excepting entries in Section C, Classes 1 & 2.
  6. Honey products entered in Section C, Class 1 should be from various sources; i.e. Orange Blossom, Tulip Poplar, etc. and must be labeled as to type. Entries need not be the products of the exhibitor.
  7. All honeybees must be exhibited in escape-proof observation hives. Observation hives shall have been a working hive for at least one (1) month prior to the opening of this year's fair. A "marked" queen must be present. Observation hives must be able to be displayed on stands provided by the department and will be inspected before being allowed for exhibition. Exhibitors in Section D, Classes 1 & 2 shall be responsible for removing their hives at the conclusion of judging on Sunday, September 23 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and returning them on Friday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. for exhibit during the fair.
  8. Entries in Section E, Class 1 should have a text, as part of the exhibit, giving the origin, use, age, etc. to the extent known, unless the use is obvious.

Section A: Comb Honey

Awards made for quality & appearance of product(s).

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. 3 sections square comb honey in window cartons
  2. 3 sections cut comb honey 4" square, clear plastic box
  3. 3 sections round comb honey with clear covers both sides
  4. Shallow cut comb frame of honey
  5. Shallow extracting frame of honey
  6. Medium (6 1/4 in.) extracting frame of honey
  7. Full depth extracting frame of honey

Section B: Creamed, Chunk, & Liquid Honey

Awards made for quality of honey product(s)

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. 3 one lb. Jars of creamed honey packed in large mouthed jars
  2. 3 one lb. Jars of chunk honey
  3. 3 one lb. Jars of light extracted honey in queenline style glass jars
  4. 3 one lb. Jars of light amber extracted honey in queenline style glass jars
  5. 3 one lb. Jars of amber extracted honey in queenline style glass jars
  6. 3 one lb. Jars of dark extracted honey in queenline style glass jars

Section C: Feature Honey Displays

Awards made for originality, promotional value of product(s) & public appeal.

Awards: FIRST $35.00 SECOND $25.00 THIRD $15.00

CLASS

  1. Display of Honey products - various types, flavors. Theme- "My honey, How you've Changed"
  2. Commercial display of Beekeepers' Supplies.

Section D: Educational Exhibits, Live Honeybees

Awards made for educational value, promotional value & design.

Adult Awards: FIRST $50.00 SECOND $40.00 THIRD $30.00 FOURTH $20.00

Youth Awards: FIRST $25.00 SECOND $20.00 THIRD $15.00 FOURTH $10.00

CLASS

  1. Observation hive of bees, with marked queen - adult
  2. Observation hive of bees, with marked queen - youth
  3. Educational display by adult
  4. Educational display by youth

Section E: Other Exhibits

Awards made for interest stimulation, uniqueness and merit.

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Beekeeping antiques (none larger than a beehive.)
  2. Other bee related items (no crafts.)

Special Awards

THE DR. FRANK R. SHAW MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual ADULT exhibitor in Division 1 who has the greater number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize, 3 points; 2nd prize, 2 points; 3rd prize, 1 point.

THE ERNEST M. MORTIMER AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the ADULT winner of "Best of Show" in Division 1.

THE GIFFORD AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc., for the best ADULT entry of cut-comb honey in Section A, Class 2.

COUNTRY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will present an award for the best Adult entry of round Comb Honey.

THE BEECULTURE MAGAZINE AWARD will be presented for the best ADULT frame of honey, Section A, Classes 4-7.

THE STEPHEN W. DYER MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best ADULT single exhibit of honey in Section B, Classes 1 or 2.

THE JOHN J. MIKOLUK MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best ADULT single exhibit of honey in Section B, Classes 3 thru 6.

THE DANVERS FARM & HOME of Danvers, MA will present an award for the best ADULT observation hive of honeybees, Section D, Class 1.

Youth Awards

THE DONALD D. HISLOP MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the individual YOUTH exhibitor in Division 1 who has the greatest number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE ESSEX AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY will present an award to the YOUTH winner of "Best of Show" in Division 1.

THE ALICE & CARLTON BROWN AWARD will be presented for the best YOUTH entry in DIVISION 1, in any Class for Honey, Section A, Classes 1 thru 7 or Section B, Classes 1 thru 6.

THE LOUIS ALLARD AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best YOUTH observation hive of honeybees, Section D, Class 2.

BEEKEEPING DIVISION 2 - BEESWAX PRODUCTS

Entry Form Due Date: September 19, 2018

Rules & Regulations

(Beekeeping General Rules & Regulations apply as well as the following)

  1. Entries in Section G, Classes 1 thru 19 must be the products of the exhibitor, not including the wax used. Cakes of wax must be wrapped in clear plastic film.
  2. Candles in Section G, except Classes 5, 8, 9, 11 & 15, must be displayed and fit candle holders of the exhibitor's choice. Pairs of candles should be mirror images of each other. The department cannot supply candle holders.
  3. Candles in Section G, Class 9: decorations need not be made of beeswax.
  4. Candles must be securely inserted in their holders. Points will be deducted for unstable candles.
  5. Candles in G5 through G8 may be natural or dyed beeswax

Section F: Feature Beeswax Displays

Awards made for originality, promotional value of product(s) & public appeal.

Awards: FIRST $35.00 SECOND $25.00 THIRD $15.00

CLASS

  1. Display of NATURAL BEESWAX CANDLES.
  2. Display of COLORED BEESWAX CANDLES.
  3. Display of BEESWAX ITEMS - Theme: "Then and Now"

Section G: Beeswax, Beeswax Candles

Awards made on cleanliness of beeswax, excellence of product, uniqueness of molds, design, degree of difficulty.

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Natural beeswax, under 2 lbs. (plain molded cake)
  2. Natural beeswax, over 2 lbs. (plain molded cake)
  3. Natural beeswax, under 2 lbs. (molded cake artistic)
  4. Natural beeswax, over 2 lbs. (molded cake artistic)
  5. Beeswax candles, dipped colonial type, 1 pair - (unfinished bottom - uncut wick)
  6. Beeswax candles, 1 pair in holders - molded
  7. Beeswax specialty candle, undecorated, single - no holder
  8. Beeswax specialty candle, decorated, single - no holder
  9. Colored embossed honeycomb specialty candle - single - no holder
  10. Colored embossed honeycomb specialty candles in holders - 1 pair
  11. Colored embossed honeycomb candles - 2 pair in holders (one color)
  12. Colored embossed honeycomb candles - 2 pair in holders (two or more colors)
  13. Colored unembossed Beeswax specialty candle - single - no holder
  14. Colored unembossed Beeswax specialty candles in holders - 1 pair
  15. Colored unembossed Beeswax candles - 2 pair in holders (one color)
  16. Colored unembossed Beeswax candles - 2 pair in holders (two or more colors)
  17. Mixed embossed and unembossed beeswax candles - 1 pair in holders
  18. Challenge Candle - poured molded candle - Jumbo Pine-Cone candleflex mold #182. Natural wax only

Special Awards

THE DR. ROGER A. MORSE MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual ADULT exhibitor in Division 2 who has the greatest number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE AYLMER J. JONES AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the ADULT winner of "Best of Show" in Division 2.

THE ROBERT LAMONTAGNE MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the ADULT winner for the best Beeswax Cake, Division 2, Section G; Classes 1 thru 4.

THE SUPERINTENDENTS AWARD will be presented to the best single ADULT exhibit, Section G; Classes 5 thru 8

Youth Awards

THE JOHN & BEATRICE ROSS AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual YOUTH exhibitor in Division 2 who has the greatest number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE ROY S. DEARBORN AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the YOUTH winner of "Best of Show" in Division 2.

THE ALICE & CARLTON BROWN AWARD will be presented for the best YOUTH entry in Division 2, in any Class for Beeswax, Section F or Section G.

BEEKEEPING DIVISION 3 - ARTS & CRAFTS

Entry Form Due Date: September 19, 2018

Rules & Regulations

(Beekeeping General Rules & Regulations apply as well as the following)

  1. Entries in Section H; Classes 1, 2, 3 & J9 must be labeled but must exclude any information that identifies the exhibitor.
  2. Section H, Class 2 and 3 entries are to be displayed in a manner typical of a gift basket. Class 2 entries should contain a variety of bee-related products with all honey & beeswax of U.S. origin. Class 3 entries should contain 4 to 6 non-perishable items that are labeled and made by the exhibitor in which honey and/or beeswax is an ingredient, such as cosmetics, polishes, non-alcoholic beverages, honey vinegar, lotions, soap, etc.
  3. Items exhibited in Section I; Class 3 are to be small "collectible type" items. The Beekeeping Department will provide each exhibitor with natural finish, wall mounted wooden shelf measuring twenty- nine (29) inches long by five (5) inches wide.
  4. Entries in Section I, Class 4 are to be a typical place setting with a theme "Happy Anniversary"
  5. Exhibits in Section I, Class 4 will be provided with a 30" round, skirted table.
  6. Paintings, drawings and photographs entered in Section J; Classes 1 thru 8 must be able to be hung on a wall by a picture hook, for display purposes, during the fair. (Exhibitor must have a wire or other device to accommodate a picture hook for hanging.) Entries must be matted and/or framed.
  7. In Section J, Classes 7 and 8 at least 8" x 10" of the photograph must be visible.
  8. Items exhibited in Section K, Class 3 are to be practical items or gadgets of original design produced by the exhibitor to assist in his or her beekeeping practices. Exhibit must be accompanied with a text on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper describing the use of the item exhibited.
  9. No paint-by-number items will be accepted except entries by youths.
  10. Cosmetics entered in Section N, Class 5 should include one sample of a cosmetic item (hand cream, lip balm, soap, etc.) made using beeswax and/or honey displayed in packaging suitable "for sale" and must include the "recipe" on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper.
  11. All articles entered in Division 3 must be related, in some way, to beekeeping or have a beekeeping, honeybee or honeycomb design, except Class N.
  12. Section J10 + J11 videos must be submitted on a non-returnable data thumbdrive/data stick. AND MUST BE .MP4 Format, in landscape. Note text will be added at the bottom for display.

Section H: Fancy Containers & Gift Packs

Awards made for attractiveness of pack & domestic origin

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. 3 jars of domestic honey packed in fancy containers, alike or different, with labels
  2. Gift pack of domestic bee-related products - two or more types (honey, wax)
  3. Gift pack of home produced products made with honey or beeswax

Section I: Collections

Awards made for interest stimulation & variety of items

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Bee Jewelry Collection - minimum 6 items
  2. Honey Pot Collection - minimum 6 items
  3. Curio Shelf Collectibles - small honeybee related items only
  4. Table place setting - "Happy Anniversary"
  5. Bee related collections - minimum 6 items

Section J: Art Related To Beekeeping

Awards are made for originality, workmanship and relationship to beekeeping, honeybees or honeycomb in design or theme.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Painting - oil
  2. Painting - acrylic
  3. Painting - water color
  4. Decorative Painting - (tole, etc.)
  5. Drawing - pastel, pencil, ink
  6. Computer generated art - original design
  7. Photograph - black & white 8" x 10" minimum visible after matting
  8. Photograph - color 8" x 10" minimum visible after matting
  9. Original design honey label - displayed on a 1 pound jar of honey
  10. 60 second video - artistic
  11. 90 second video - informative

Section K: Crafts Related To Beekeeping

Awards are made for originality, workmanship, quality of items and use of beekeeping, honeybee, or honeycomb design or theme.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Wood carving
  2. Wood burning
  3. Exhibitor produced practical item
  4. Découpage
  5. Metal crafts, mobiles, wind chimes, etc.

Section L: Needlework Crafts Related To Beekeeping

Awards made for originality of design, colors used and workmanship, with beekeeping, honeybee or honeycomb design or theme in item exhibited.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Appliqué
  2. Needlepoint
  3. Embroidery or crewel
  4. Knitting - crocheting
  5. Sewing
  6. Quilting
  7. Counted Cross-Stitch
  8. Hooked or punched needlework

Section M: Paper, Ceramic, Pottery, Glass, Plastic Crafts

Awards are made for originality, workmanship, and quality of items made by the exhibitor and relationship to beekeeping, honeybees or honeycomb design or theme.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Paper maché
  2. Pottery, ceramics or glass
  3. Stained and/or Leaded glass
  4. Plastic crafted item - mobiles, wind chimes or other item
  5. Beaded item
  6. Scrapbook page or memory book page
  7. Rubber Stamped Item

Section N: Art Or Crafting

Awards made for originality of design, workmanship and quality of items made by exhibitor using beeswax.

Awards: FIRST $20.00 SECOND $15.00 THIRD $10.00

CLASS

  1. Decorated Egg - Pysanka - Ukranian relief/batik method - with holder
  2. Decorated Egg - Kraslica, Slovakian applied beeswax method - with holder
  3. Beeswax ornament - decorated, with hanger (single ornament)
  4. Beeswax ornaments - 1 matched pair, undecorated
  5. Cosmetic item made with honey or beeswax
  6. Batik
  7. Craft item made using beeswax

Section O: Other Crafts - Miscellaneous

Awards made for other crafts not specified in Sections K, L, M, & N with a beekeeping, honeybee or honeycomb design or theme.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Other crafts - original design
  2. Other crafts - purchased design
  3. Other beekeeping related art or craft not specified in other Division 3 Classes.

Special Awards

THE RICHARD W. & ELIZABETH F. CORRIGAN MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual ADULT exhibitor with the greatest number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE HERMAN E. DODD AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the ADULT winner of "Best of Show" in Division 3.

THE DOREEN S. TURNER AWARD will be presented to the winner of the best ADULT exhibit in Division 3, Section L.

Youth Awards

THE STEPHEN A. LOVEJOY AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual YOUTH exhibitor in Division 3 who has the greatest number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE GEORGE O. AND LENA W. RIGBY MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the YOUTH winner of "Best of Show" in Division 3.

BEEKEEPING DIVISION 4 - COOKING WITH HONEY & SPIRITS

Entry Form Due Date: September 26, 2018

Rules & Regulations

(Beekeeping General Rules & Regulations apply as well as the following)

(Duplication of any recipe within any one class, submitted by more than one member of the same family, will be disqualified.)

  1. All entries in Division 4, except Section T Class 1, must have recipes attached on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet(s) of paper, double spaced, with writing or printing on ONE SIDE ONLY. Recipes must contain ingredients as well as directions for mixing, cooking, baking, canning, etc. This rule includes pie crusts, pie fillings, frostings, or any other items used. Failure to submit full recipes will mean automatic disqualification.
  2. Only the end product must be the entry of the exhibitor, not the ingredients.
  3. Entries in Section P, Class 1 must be in a reusable, glass, beer type bottle, containing 12 oz. or more and have plain crown caps.
  4. Honey beer must be of a pilsner or ale style, pale yellow to gold in color, contain 2 or more pounds of honey per 5 gallons. Honey must be apparent in the taste.
  5. Entries in Section P, Classes 2 thru 5, should be exhibited in standard clear wine bottles containing 750 ml. Bottles should have well-rounded shoulders. Sparkling meads must be exhibited in champagne type bottles. Natural cork stoppers must be used for still meads and domed plastic stoppers must be used for sparkling meads.
  6. Still meads should be so filled that when the cork is pushed home, the air space is between 1/4 and 1 1/2 inches in depth. Sparkling meads should have an air space of 1 to 1 1/2 inches.
  7. All entries in Section P must contain honey. A recipe must accompany the entry on a 8-1/2"x11" sheet of paper.
  8. Liqueurs must use a 375 ml. clear wine bottle with well-rounded shoulders.
  9. No labels or markings of any kind allowed on the caps or bottles.
  10. Entries in Section Q, thru Section Y, unless otherwise stated, must contain at least 25% honey as a sweetening agent. Example: use 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of honey. Pie crusts and frostings are exempt from the 25% requirement.
  11. Section T, Class 1 is for a Challenge Recipe as follows:

Kolaches with sweey cheese raspberry filling

INGREDIENTS

For the dough:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 3.5 to 4 cups all purpose flour (19 ounces)*
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the cheese filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablepoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam (warms for 15 seconds in microwave to soften)

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons surgar plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon chilled unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces and chilled

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg mixed with tablespoon milk

Instructions

For the dough (makes 16 kolaches):

  1. Combine milk, butter, honey, and eggs together in measuring cup (will be lumpy)
  2. Combine dry ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer then add milk mixture and knead for 2 minutes on low speed
  3. Increase speed to medium and continue kneading for 8 to 12 minutes until dough no longer sticks to side of bowl, add flour by the tablespoon if dough is to sticky
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rise in warm place for 1 hour or refrigerate overnight in a covered bowl

For the cheese filling:

  • Combine all ingredients except for ricotta and mix well for about 1 minute. Add ricotta and mix for another 30 seconds. Cover and refrigerate until needed

For the streusel:

  • Combine all ingredients and mix together with fingers. Cover and refrigerate until needed. This should be very small crumbs. Easiest to do if butter is very cold

To assemble and bake:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Divide dough into 16 equal size portions and form balls
  3. Arrange on prepared pans, cover with plastic and allow to rest in warm place for 1.5 hours
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Grease and flour the bottom of a ⅓ cup dry measure or a glass with a 2 ¼ inch diameter and use to make deep indents on top of each ball until bottom of measure touches baking sheet
  6. Fill each indentation with about 2 tablespoons of filling
  7. Lay 1 tablespoon jelly across cheese filling in stripe and swirl through wiht chopstick
  8. Brush tops of each pastry with egg wash, and then sprinkle sides with streusel
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (do not over bake - you want them very pale in color) and let cool for about 20 minutes
  10. Serve warm
  11. All containers are exhibited at the owner's risk. For return, name must be on the bottom of the container.
  12. All entries become the property of the Beekeeping Department and will not be returned.
  13. The exhibitor, by entering recipes, agrees that they may be used in publications at any time without payment or compensation other than an acknowledgment.

"Cooking With Honey Hints"

  • Substitute 3/4 cup of honey for 1 cup of sugar. Reduce total amount of other liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of honey.
  • Lower baking temperature 25 to 30 degrees to prevent over-browning.
  • When using honey in cooking, moisten the measuring spoon or cup first with water or oil and then measure the honey. This will eliminate sticking.
  • To neutralize honey's natural acidity, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the ingredients per cup of honey. However, when sour milk is used with honey in a recipe, you may omit the extra soda.
  • Foods sweetened with honey will have a better flavor if kept until the day after baking before being served. Store honey at room temperature, not in the refrigerator. Always keep the container tightly closed and in a dry place.
  • To bring crystallized honey back to its natural liquid state, place container of honey in a pan of warm water until crystals disappear.

Section P: Beer, Mead, Liqueurs

Awards made for taste, clarity, etc.

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Honey Beer (2 bottles)
  2. Mead - dry - traditional
  3. Mead - sweet - traditional
  4. Mead made with fruit, berries, etc.
  5. Mead - sparkling, made with or without fruit or berries
  6. Liqueurs - clear glass bottle - 375 ML

Section Q: Pies

Awards made for taste, texture and appearance of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Apple Pie
  2. Nut Pie
  3. Pumpkin or Squash Pie
  4. Blueberry

Section R: Cakes

Awards made for taste, texture and appearance of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Frosted cake
  2. Cheesecake
  3. Unfrosted Cake
  4. Cupcakes- frosted- 1/2 dozen

Section S: Yeast Bread

Awards made for appearance, texture and eating quality of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. White bread
  2. Whole-grained bread
  3. Bread rolls - 1/2 dozen
  4. Coffee cake
  5. Tea ring
  6. Danish or Sweet Roll - 1/2 dozen

Section T: Challenge Recipe

Awards made for appearance, texture and eating quality of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $25.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Chris Delaney's Raspberry Cheese Kolaches

Section U: Quick Bread (Loaf, Sweet)

Awards made for appearance, texture, and quality of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Banana Bread
  2. Nut Bread
  3. Muffins- 1/2 dozen
  4. Coffee Cake
  5. Scones- 1/2 dozen

Section V: Cookies, Bars

Awards made for appearance, texture and eating quality of cooked products.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Drop, rolled, refrigerator rolled, filled frosted, unfrosted, glazed or dusted- 6 each
  2. Brownies, date bars, baked granola bars, frosted, unfrosted, glazed or dusted- 6 each
  3. Baklava- 6 squares
  4. Cookie (other)- 6 each

Section W: Jellies, Jams, Preserves, Conserves

Awards made for appearance, suitability, container, consistency & flavor.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Jam, marmalade or conserves - from fruit purees, whole fruit or crushed fruits
  2. Jelly - from fruit juices

Section X: Condiments, Salad Dressings, Barbecue Sauces

Awards made for appearance, consistency & flavor.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Barbecue Sauce
  2. Ketchup
  3. Mustard
  4. Pickles
  5. Relish
  6. Salad Dressing

Section Y: Honey Candy

Awards made for texture, flavor, appearance and handling quality of candy. 25% of the sweetener used must be honey, except fudge, which must use at least 5% honey or more.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00

CLASS

  1. Fudge - 12 pieces
  2. Other Candy - 12 pieces

Special Awards

THE HAROLD S. LIVINGSTON MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the individual ADULT exhibitor with the greatest number of prizewinning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE RONALD & ESTHER PERLEY AWARD will be presented by the Essex Agricultural Society to the ADULT winner of "Best of Show" in Division 4.

THE PRESIDENTS AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. to the best single exhibit of Honey Beer in Section P, Class 1.

THE GEORGE & PATRICIA BURROWS MEMORIAL AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best single exhibit of mead in Section P, Classes 2 thru 5.

THE FRANKLIN T. ELLIS AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best ADULT entry in the Challenge recipe in DIVISION 4, Section T; Class 1.

Youth Awards

THE GUY T. MOORE, SR. AWARD, funded by a Moore Family Endowment to the Neunzer Memorial Trust, will be presented to the individual YOUTH exhibitor in DIVISION 4 who has the greater number of prize winning entries based upon a point system as follows: 1st prize = 3 points; 2nd prize = 2 points; 3rd prize = 1 point.

THE HENRY G. AND THERESA G. NEUNZER MEMORIAL TRUST FUND will present an award for the YOUTH "Best of Show" in DIVISION 4.

THE HENRY ALLEY AWARD will be presented by the Essex County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. for the best YOUTH entry for the Challenge recipe in DIVISION 4, Section T; Class 1.

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