2020 May 02 Honey Show Judging CLASS

TUITION: $50 and a current MSBA membership


DATE: Saturday, May 02, 2020  POSTPONED

TIME: 8:30AM - 4:30 PM  (8:30 Coffee & snacks, 9:00 Class)

LOCATION: University of Maryland / Plant Sciences Building  /  Room 1250  / The parking garage address is 200 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742  (Important parking info at bottom of this page)

CLASS SIZE: Limited to the first 35 members who enroll.

TEXT BOOK: (INCLUDED!) A Handbook for Honey Judges and Beekeepers Exhibiting Hive Products, by James Thompson

DESCRIPTION: This class will cover all of the basics of honey show judging.   It is ideal for everyone wanting to improve their honey show entries, and for people pursuing judging certification - although taking this class will not certify you as a Maryland Judge.


  • Cybil Preston, Maryland certified Honey Show Judges, Maryland State Apiary Inspector, owner Cybbees
  • David Morris, Maryland certified Honey Show Judges
  • Bill McGiffin, Maryland certified Honey Show Judges
  • Bart Smith, Maryland certified Honey Show Judges
  • Jim Fraser, Maryland certified Honey Show Judges Owner, Maryland Honey Company and former MSBA president


  • Judging philosophy
  • All forms of honey including liquid, comb, creamed, cut, chunk, frames and sections
  • Beeswax
  • Candles
  • Photos,
  • Arts and crafts
  • Gift baskets
  • Using refractometers (hands on)
  • Using polariscopes (hands on)


  • Enrollment fees are non-refundable
  • Light snacks will be provided
  • Bringing your own lunch is recommended but the Stamp Student Union is a short walk with fast food options LINK
  • If UMD is closed due to weather, the class will be postponed.
  • If UMD is delayed for 2 hours, we will start ONE HOUR later, at 10 am
  • Check your email for scheduling and other announcements
  • To help with carpooling, All enrolled students, when logged in, will see a roster of fellow students at the bottom of this page.



If you are not currently a member, please join or renew first.



  • Please park in the Regents Drive parking garage,200 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742
  • Please DO NOT park in the following spaces:
    • Any spaces with signage such as  Electric vehicle permit and Carpool permit
    • Do not park on the top level. The top level is all metered spaces. Even though permit parking enforcement is lifted you must still pay for these spaces.
    • Unmarked spaces. Vehicles not parked in designated spaces will be ticketed or towed
  • If you have a high clearance vehicle that cannot be parked in a garage, please contact parking services at 301- 314-3687 to find alternative spaces. Ask them for the closest parking to the Plant Science Building.
  • If you have any questions about parking, please contact Mark Dykes at mdykes@umd.edu or ph. 301-458-0640