2018 Fall Meeting AND Honey Show – November 17 !

Join us for this amazing beekeeping event.

LOCATION: Maryland Dept. of Agriculture
ADDRESS:  50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis MD
TIME:           9AM - 4PM  (Doors open at 8:15 AM)
EVENT:        MSBA will convene its 110th Annual Fall Meeting, Elections and 82st Honey Show!



On-The-Spot Queen Rearing

President and CEO,
Pollinator Partnership

Director, EAS









Participate in our Honey Show!

But it's not just honey.  There are many competitions with prizes.

Contest Categories

Arts and Crafts, including mead, gift baskets, photography, gadgets, more$444
Youth Division Crafts, Honey, Cookery$99
Cookery: cookies, cakes, candy, pie, jams, condiments, more!$411
Hive products, including comb honey, wax, pollen, extracted honey$576
And don't forget the ribbons!

CLICK HERE for Judging Standards!

CLICK HERE for Rules!

We also award the two major prizes in Maryland Beekeeping:

  • The Free State Beekeeper Citizenship Award, which recognizes beekeepers who help boost and protect the role of beekeeping in our communities
  • The George S. Imirie Education Award, which has been presented since 2003 to encourage continuing education for active beekeepers



till 09:00
Honey Show Entry Drop Off
09:00amOpening and WelcomeJIM FRASER
President, MSBA
09:15amMd. Apiary Inspector's ReportCYBIL PRESTON
Md. State Inspector
09:30amImproved overwintering success: Reduced nest cavity size
Vice President/North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, EAS Director
10:15amOn-The-Spot Beeyard Pre-SolsticeMEL DISSELKOEN
Master Beekeeper and Author
11:15amPartnering for Pollinator Health: The North American Mite-A-Thon and MoreVAL DOLCINI
President and CEO, Pollinator Partnership
11:45amBusiness Meeting: Annual ElectionsNominations Committee
01:15pmOn-The-Spot Beeyard Post-SolsticeMEL DISSELKOEN
Master Beekeeper and Author
02:30pmSummer splits: Timing and technique for mite load reductionDr. DOUG VINSON
Vice President/North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, EAS Director
03:30pmHoney Show AwardsDAVID MORRIS
Honey Show Chair
03:45pmAsk the BeekeepersPanel of Experts


Mel Disselkoen

Mel Disselkoen was born on a farm in a Dutch settlement in South Dakota. He grew up with an independent farming mentality of hard work and creative problem solving. A Master Beekeeper, he has kept bees for over 40 years and is familiar with all facets of beekeeping. Today Mel enjoys observing honey bee behavior and teaching beekeepers how to use his OTS queen rearing method to self-sufficiently reach their objectives. A creationist and naturalist, Mel sees the honey bee as an exquisitely -designed being that unites the plant and animal kingdoms and therefore he is devoted to its well-being and protection.







Val Dolcini, formerly the Administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency, is a fifth generation Californian, a passionate supporter of American farmers and ranchers, and a firm believer in the promise of our nation's rural places. He is currently the President & CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, an organization dedicated to the support and protection of pollinators throughout North America. Over the course of his career, he has worked at all levels of government and for Fortune 500 companies to develop successful political and business strategies. Val has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently a Director of the San Francisco State University Foundation, his alma mater. He lives in Washington, D.C.







Dr. Doug Vinson, a beekeeping dentist lives in central North Carolina and maintains about 40 colonies for honey production. Doug was introduced to the craft by his father at an early age and has since passed it on to a daughter, an active beekeeper.

In addition to honey production, nucleus colony production, management and science has intrigued Doug for the passed several years. He shares his information with beekeepers at the local level as well as nationally.

Doug is VP for the North Carolina Beekeepers Association, and is a Director for EAS, the Eastern Apicultural Society