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Monday, August 8, 2016

Volunteer at the fair

Beekeeper Steve Buck talks to a civilian about bees. That is the best part. Even a first year beekeeper knows more than the general public about bees. Don't be hesitant, it is fun.
 Please consider volunteering at the MN State Fair. This is the Minnesota Beekeepers crown jewel. Beekeepers can show off their industry. The large number of fair goers coming through the Bee display is astounding.  Positive public awareness leads to public support for protecting all pollinators. The fair staff can really use some help on setup and bee interpreters. I can't state enough how positive this experience this is. Wendy and I have volunteered at the fair for over twenty years. It is something we look forward to and it is always a great time.
On the sign up page on the link below, click the link.  Click on the sign up box in the date and time slot you want and the box will have a green check mark in the box. At the bottom of the page there is a black box that says submit and sign up. Click that and that takes you to the sign up page. Fill out the highlighted boxes. Under comments I just wrote our names. It is required to write something, some folks wrote their initials. Dave needs your address, if you sign up before the 15th he will send you a free ticket to get into the fair. Wendy and I signed up twice so Dave is sending us to the fair for free.

From Dave Schaaf MN State Fair Bee Exhibit Supervisor:
The Minnesota State Fair is just over two weeks away.  We're looking forward to sharing the fascinating world of honey bees with 1.8 million fair-goers

If you're still considering volunteering at the Bee & Honey Show, please check your calendar and sign up soon.  A couple things to point out...

  *  Volunteers especially needed Labor Day weekend, Sept 2 - 5.  This are the busiest days of fair, with more people looking at our exhibits and asking questions than any other time.  It's your last chance to have this much fun until 2017!

  *  Lots of help still needed pre-fair, as we're getting everything ready for opening day.  We're having a cleaning party this Saturday, Aug 13, from 9am until 1pm.  Also need many helpers Aug 22 - 24, the last three days before the fair opens.

  *  If you'd like to get a State Fair admission ticket in the mail, you need to register by Monday Aug 15.  That's when I print the list and assemble volunteer packets.  You can still sign up after that date, but I won't be able to mail you a ticket.

Signup pages:
     Pre-fair Bee & Honey Show preparation  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544aaa92aa2ff2-prefair

     Exhibit hall interpreters during the fair  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544aaa92aa2ff2-beehoney

Thank you for supporting the Bee & Honey Show.  See you at the fair!

-David Schaaf
Bee & Honey Dept.