Honey Rules

Please Read Carefully

Check-In      Saturday, Oct 13th,  9 am – 2 pm  Sunday, Oct 14th 2 pm – 5 pm
Check Out   Sunday, Oct 21st  2 pm – 5 pm
  • While every reasonable precaution will be taken for safeguarding entries, it should be understood that entries are entered in competition for prizes and that the owner assumes all responsibility for any accident, loss or damage that may occur. Neither the fair Management, its officers nor agents will be responsible for any such accident, loss or damage.
  • Honey will be entered using FairEntry on or before Oct. 1, 2018.
  • All honey MUST be in place by the time designated, or otherwise they will receive no consideration from awarding committees.
  • Judges will be appointed by Fair Committee.
  • The decision of the judges will be final.
  • Exhibitors will  held responsible for the cleanliness of their space surrounding same.
  • If it is ascertained that any exhibitor, in any ungentlemanly manner, refuses to comply with the regulations of the Fair Management and has taken exception to the judgment of a judge  or an awarding committee, the Fair Management shall bar the offending person from competition for  premium or exhibiting on the fair grounds until he shall have made proper amends and has been re-instated by a vote of a majority of the Fair Committee.
  • An exhibitor who tears off a premium ribbon, or authorizes any person to do so in the presence of the awarding judge , or who refuses to accept a ribbon from the judge, or otherwise insults the awarding judge, shall forfeit the premium or diploma  and be excluded from competition.
  • No Smoking or lighted candles, lamps, matches, etc., will be allowed in barn.
  • Premiums will not be paid according to ribbons, but by awards shown in the judges’ Record Books; ribbons do not always mean money prizes, and they may sometimes be attached by mistake, or may be misplaced or lost.
  • Any prize money not picked up by 5 pm Sunday will be forfeited.
  • All entries must be produced by the contestant within the last calendar year.
  • Each member may make only one entry per class. Duplication (same product) of entries by families is prohibited.
  • Once honey or other items have been accepted into the competition by the Show Secretary, items may not be altered.
  • After submitting entries to the show Secretary, competitors may not enter the area where the entries have been placed.
  • The Secretary, Steward or Judges are the only persons who may enter the honey judging area.
  • Judges will enter the honey show area after the close of entry acceptance. This is to ensure as close to a blind judging as possible.


  • All forms of extracted honey are to be presented in one pound queenline glass jars.
  • Extracted honey is judged in three classes: light, medium, and dark.
  • One entry of extracted honey is defined as three (3) one pound jars.
  • Jars must be either:
  • One pound glass or plastic queenline jars without tamperproof seals
  • Closures may be of metal or plastic

Judges evaluate entries on the following:

  • No labels on jars
  • Do not use tamper proof seals
  • Cleanliness of the jar and lid
  • Correct fill level
  • Uniformity of the three jars that comprise the entry
  • Cleanliness and clarity of the honey
  • Moisture content (only if needed)
  • Aroma and flavor (for off aromas and/or flavors)


  • One entry of chunk honey is defined as three (3) one (1) pound sized jars.
  • Chunk honey must be displayed in straight sided glass wide mouth jars.
  • The glass should not be embossed. Such jars are available from many commercial bee keeping suppliers.
  • Only one chunk of honey should be in each jar for competition.
  • The chunk of comb must be in one piece.
  • The cuts should be clean and uniform.
  • The chunk comb should be cut and sized to appropriately fit the container. Honey should fill the rest of the jar to the appropriate fill line.
  • The comb “chevrons” should be pointed upward.
  • The comb should extend the length of the jar.
  • Comb is judged for equal amounts on either side of the center rib.
  • Judging criteria is the same as extracted honey.


  • It is suggested that the jar be “black”, however entries in clear jars will be accepted. Entries must be unmarked and unlabeled or identifiable in any way.
  • An entry is judged for flavor only.


Wax is judged on cleanliness, uniformity of appearance, color, aroma and absence of defects such as cracks, uneven surface and shrinkage.  An entry of Beeswax may be made in each of the following classes:


  • The block must weigh between one and two pounds but no more.
  • The block should be smooth-surfaced and free of decorations or embellishments.


It is the intention that ribbons will be given in all classes even if there is only one entry in the class. However, in order to receive an award that entry must be worthy of placement. Entry into a class does not guarantee an award.

Prize money will be the same as listed in Produce Section.  Contestants found willfully cheating or purposefully altering or disfiguring an entry for the purpose of questioning the validity of judging will be permanently disqualified from the Honey Show.