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SHOWING HONEY PRODUCTS
It is probably true to say that almost every beekeeper in Britain has the opportunity to exhibit his or her produce at some local show within easy reach of home. For instance in Devon there are many branches of the county beekeepers’ association and most of them stage a honey show at some time in the year. Every show has a section for novices, where your entry is competing only against other newcomers. Having gained confidence at this level, the next goal should be to exhibit at your county show, where there will be many more entries and the standards are higher. The final objectives are the larger agricultural shows around the country and the National Honey Show in London, which is held annually for three days in the autumn.
BRITISH BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION (BBKA) SHOW RULES
Even the smallest local show will produce a ‘schedule’, setting out the various classes and quoting the conditions which have to be observed. These schedules are usually based on the Show Rules of the British Beekeepers’ Association.