Beekeeping in the News


Sunday, October 11, 2015



     1ST - JOHN KILLOUGH                          100%
     2ND - RICK & NELDA CAMPBELL         94%
     3RD - SCOTT CARTER                              93%
     1ST - MATT GRUELL           99%
     2ND - SCOTT CARTER        95%
     3RD - SCOTT CARTER        87%
      1ST - DAVE & LISA DHOM     92%
      2ND - RICK RUSSELL             87%
      3RD - DAVE & LISA DHOM    85%
     1ST - SCOTT CARTER                                97%
     2ND - MATT GRUELL                                 93%
     3RD - RICK & NELDA CAMPBELL           90%

There were 27 total entries.  Liquid honey was judged on moisture content, froth, clarity, froth, and taste.  Comb honey was judged on color, cappings, and quality of comb.  Awards percentages & winners are posted above.  Thank you to Larry Roth & Danny Wright for judging.  Thank you also to everyone who participated.  Congratulations to our winners.

Last Minute Reminder October Meeting

Just a quick last minute reminder that our October meeting is tomorrow, Monday the 12th at 6:30p.m. at the U of I extension in Effingham, IL.  It is free & open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to come & bring a friend.  Please bring a snack to share. 

Dave Koenigstein & Rick Campbell will be demonstrating winter hive prep.

We will also be taking nominations for 2016 officers & handing out awards from the honey competition.

We hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Honeybee Program
September 12, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Presented by Crossroads Beekeepers
Family Program
Five fun learning and hands-on stations.
Free and open to the public
Donations welcomed
5253 E HWY 40 Altamont, IL 62411

If anyone would like to volunteer to help, please show up at 7:30 am.  Thank you.

Monday September 14th 6:30 pm
Regular monthly meeting
U of I extension Effingham, IL
Winterizing/Fall Feeding/Mite Treatment
Please bring a friend & snack to share


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honey Competition & September Meeting

Hello Everyone!!  Hope this finds you with the bees buzzing and the honey flowing.  Your officers met Aug 3rd to discuss the honey competition and events for the remainder of the year.  We have some exciting meetings in store & hope you'll attend, participate, & help out.

First things first. 

August 10th will be our meeting date and honey competition.  We'll be at the U of I extension in Effingham at 6:30 p.m.  Please feel free to bring friends & snacks to share. 

*****Honey Competition****

Categories for the honey competition will be:
           Medium Amber
           Dark Amber
           Comb Honey

Liquid honey must be in 1# queen line glass jars to be eligible for judging.

 Everyone will be invited to taste the honey after judging has taken place. 

****Honey Products Competition****

We would also like to invite you to participate in a honey products competition.

Bring your best baked goods made with honey as an ingredient.  

1 - copy of the recipe for the judges is required to be eligible for judging.

Everyone will be invited to taste the goodies after judging has taken place.  

If you plan to participate in either competition please plan to arrive a little early to sign competition entry forms. 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place certificates will be awarded in each honey category & overall for baked goods.  Winners will be announced immediately following judging.  Certificates will be given at the September meeting.

While judging is taking place we will discuss honey labeling, presentation & adulteration & watch a short video about honey.

We had hoped to open this years event to the public.  However, getting the proper permits etc.... proved to be more difficult than we anticipated.  We have a good start on next years competition & still plan future expansion. 

Upcoming Events

September will be a "beesy" month.

September 12th We will be hosting a Family Field Day at Ballard Nature Center in Altamont.  We will need volunteers for the following:
     - to help with short (15-20 min) bee related presentations for children & their families.
     - to be attendants at a welcome station/booth with our clubs info

We will have a sign up sheet at the August meeting & I will post more detailed info. shortly. 

September 14th Will be our regular monthly meeting.  We will discuss winterizing, fall feeding, and mite treatment.  

We look forward to seeing you at these events!!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcoming Meeting & Events

Hi Everyone,

Hope this finds your bees doing well & surviving the summer heat!!

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Aug 10th at 6:30 pm @ the U of I extension in Effingham.  It's free & open to the public.  We're still working out the details of the honey competition & will post details as soon as they're all ironed out.

Please feel free to bring a friend.

Hope to see you there!!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone.  Hope you enjoyed some fireworks, time with family and friends, & took some time to reflect on the significance of the day.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the ISBA summer meeting.  We appreciate your help & hope you enjoyed the day & learned a lot.  

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Monday July 13th at 6:30 p.m.  Dave will be presenting on European Foul Brood.  Please feel free to bring a friend & a snack to share.  The more the merrier.

If you have ideas or suggestions concerning the upcoming honey tasting & contest we'd love to hear them. 

Happy Beekeeping!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015



The ISBA summer meeting is this weekend.  The deadline for preregistration has passed.  However, you can still come & participate.  Please see below for details.  If you would like to help w/ our clubs responsibilities for the day, beverage pick up, meal pick up, trash, & water jugs, we will be meeting at the park between 7 & 7:30 am to divide & conquer any & all help is welcome.  If you have a large water jug we can borrow please bring it.  Thank you.

ISBA Summer Meeting:
~Sign up for lunch and dinner! (Please Read the Blurb Below)
~Bake a batch of morning snacks for an extra chance to win door prizes, raffles, and enter your baked goods in the "Made with Honey" Baking Contest. (Please Read the Blurb Below)
Here is the link to info about the summer meeting, and the registration form:
June 27, 2015  -  ISBA Annual Summer Meeting
                            Evergreen Hollow Park,  Brown Pavilion

                            1110 Pelican Street,  Effingham, IL

The registration form should be postmarked by June 15, 2015 if you are including a meal with the registration.    Walk in registrations for the Summer Meeting will be accepted, but a meal may not be available. 

There will be live colonies onsite for various demonstrations, so please remember to bring your veil or any other protective equipment with you if you plan to take part in the apiary sessions.

After the meeting concludes,  an Evening Dinner/Jamboree will commence.   The cost for the Evening Event is $6 and the meal is included (BBQ & Fried Chicken).  

For those coming a long distance, one of the motels you can reserve at room at can be found at the below link:

Lexington Inn and Suites - Effingham, IL
The Baker’s Challenge
"The Baker's Challenge ~ Mid-Morning Snack Buffet"
All attendees are invited to participate in “The Baker's Challenge.”
It is a beekeepers' tradition in Southern Illinois to create a pot-luck refreshment table with as many homemade items as we can.
We are extending an invitation to all who are attending to participate in the Baker's Challenge. An extra door prize ticket will be awarded to those who bring a dozen muffins, a dozen cookies, a cake or similar item. If you want to further increase your chances of winning a door prize, bake more!
For every batch of a dozen muffins or cookies, you will get another door prize ticket. Items baked with honey are eligible for the 'Made With Honey' Bakers Competition, which will be judged and awarded at the mid-morning break."
Evening Picnic/Jamboree
The Evening Picnic and Jamboree will be held onsite following the Summer Meeting. Stay and enjoy live performances from beekeeper-musicians Rog n Bob, and Kent Williams. Enjoy another delicious buffet meal (Fried Chicken & BBQ Pork, sides and drinks included) for $6 per person
Thank you! Hope to see you at the ISBA Summer Meeting!

The 2015 HAS convention is in Michigan July 9-11.  For details please visit.

Crossroads Beekeepers:

Our next meeting will be July 13th at the U of I extension in Effingham at 6:30 pm.  It is free & open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please bring a snack to share.

Our honey tasting & competition is rapidly approaching.  We would like to open it to the public & invite other clubs to participate.  If you have ideas/connections regarding this event or its location, we'd like to hear from you.  We would like to have vendors but keep it specifically honey, bees, and hive products.

We look forward to seeing you at the ISBA summer meeting & at the next CBA meeting.

Happy Beekeeping!!