The name " Bee FunDay" came about in the early 1990's from hosting these small early summer bee events at a local farm. Members of the association got together for the event to have fun, and expand their learning from just a monthly meeting. The even has gown in numbers over the years. It has always been a way for members to bond in addition to learning other things about beekeeping that might not be covered in a monthly educational meeting. In 2015, we had over 300 in attendance. Join us at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
This very 1st Funday event was held on a Sunday, June 5th, 1994, at the grounds of the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Spring, KS. The next was held at the home of Joli Winer and Cecil Sweeney. The association held it's annual Watermelon Feed and Honey Judging Contest in the month of September.
Have a piece of equipment or bee item to donate? At our Bee FunDay each year we have an excellent silent auction. We raise money for our scholarship program and our Military and Veterans Mentorship program. Start now to think of an item or some items to bring. If you have an item to donate, please bring it yourself or ask a friend to bring it. Bee FunDay volunteers always have so much on their minds that items may be forgotten. Beekeeping items bring the most money with honey bee gift items being a close second!
Our annual Bee FunDay!
When: Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Registration: 7:45-8:45AM, Programs until 5:00PM NEKBA Bee Fun Day Lawrence KS
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds - SAME as our monthly meetings.
Who: 2021 Special Guests: Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda: At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, she focuses on teaching beekeepers and non-beekeepers to improve the management of bees and to increase awareness of the importance of pollinators; Dr. Elina Niño: Dr. Niño is the California State Extension Apiculturist Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Extension & Research Entomologist at UN-L;Beth Conrey: Beth is the owner and operator of Bee Squared Apiaries, Berthoud, Colorado; Dr. Matthew Smart, a published author, research graduate from the University of Minnesota, Department of Entomology. He is currently a wildlife biologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Entomology; Louann Hausner: Louann is a 3rd generation beekeeper and was the 1996 American Honey Princess; Robin Kolterman: Robin has kept children and youth scholarship students engaged in past Fundays. She offers several honey bee related sessions just for youth; finally, Dr. Chip Taylor (link), Unv of KS(link) Professor, Biologist, Researcher
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association
Contact US by email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org
Swarm Demonstration with Dr. Chip Taylor
Douglas County Master Gardeners Flower
and Plant Sale Dreher Bldg. Patio
Vendors: To be Announced
Silent Auction to support the Youth
Scholarship/Military/Veteran Program and/or the Educational Efforts of NEKBA. And, Honey tasting with Wheatfield's Artisan Bread.
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Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association Bee Funday
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association is cancelling it’s annual Funday event for June 6, 2020. It is uncertain if the progression of the virus would allow for large groups to gather and that venues would be available. The decision was made to look ahead to June 5, 2021. Thank you for your understanding and support.!