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CSBA winter meeting, Oct. 27, 2018

Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, CO

Pre-registration open now on this web page!


Dr. Diana Cox-Foster, USDA Logan, Utah bee lab, on the history of Colorado beekeeping, with a separate talk on “bee health and the impacts of agrichemicals on pathogens in multiple bee species.”

CSBA vice-president, former Four Corners Beekeepers president, and regular Bee Culture and American Bee Journal contributor Tina Sebestyen, on queens. Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. She gave this talk at the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) conference in Reno, and once you hear it, you’ll understand why Tina gets invited to speak at bee clubs throughout the land.

Tina will also provide an update on her baby, the CSBA Master Beekeeping Program.  Learn why people from other states will be competing to participate in our program.

Our own former CSBA president Beth Conrey, the legend, addresses the good work done by the ABF and why you should join.

Other Fun Activities! :

General meeting and election of officers for two-year terms: President, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and three advisor positions.

Big Money Honey Contest:

This year’s honey contest is going to bigger and better than last year! Expect more ribbons, more categories, and even more prizes! The value of prizes this year is expected to total over $1,000! Entry forms and rules will be available soon.

A movie! “The Last Honey Hunter” Thirty-six minutes of dizzying footage of hallucinogenic rhododendron “mad” honey gathering from Apis Dorsata hives hundreds of feet up in the air on scary cliffs in Nepal’s Hongu River Valley. You get there on bamboo rope ladders, and wearing a veil while harvesting this honey from these giant, not-so-friendly honey bees is considered cheating.

CSBA meetings are more than educational opportunities. They are a gathering of the tribes. If you want to re-kindle your passion for beekeeping, make new friends, connect with old ones, find a mentor, or become one, mark your calendar and sign up now.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Meet and greet, La Quinta Inn, 884 Park ST., Castle Rock, CO 80109. (303) 660-2230. This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with our keynote speaker Diana Cox-Foster, as well as catch up with Beth Conrey and Tina Sebestyen.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, CO

8:00-8:45 Registration and socialization

8:45-9:00 President’s welcome

9:00-9:30 Former CSBA president Beth Conrey, on why you should join the American Beekeeping Federation

9:40-10:40 Tina Sebestyen gives the uncut version of the wildly popular talk on queens that she gave at the American Beekeeping Federation conference in Reno in January, 2018. Take notes.

10:40-11:00 break

11:00-11:15 Diana Cox-Foster, USDA bee lab, Logan, Utah, on the history of Colorado beekeeping

11:15-11:30 Tina Sebestyen, The official launch of the new Master Beekeeper Certification Program

11:30- 12:10 general meeting, including election of officers

12:10-1:00 Lunch will be served!

1:00-2:00 Diana Cox-Foster, on agrichemicals and bee pathogens

2:10-2:45 Movie time! The award-winning “Last of the Honey Hunters,” about wild honey harvesting in Nepal. Do not watch this film if you have a fear of heights!


3:05-3:35 Honey contest

3:35 Door prizes


CSBA has reserved a ten-room block of $69 rooms at the La Quinta Inn, 884 Park St., Castle Rock, CO 80109. (303) 660-2230. Deadline Oct. 5, but you should jump on this right now.


    • Pre-registration is now closed, but you can still register for the day, see below.  There are a few lunches still available.  If you want one, show up at 8 AM to reserve it before they are all gone!

    • CSBA members, no Sat. lunch: $15

    • Non-members, no lunch: $25

  • Children under 18, no Sat. lunch: free

Registration at the door, 8:00-8:45 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, CO

  • CSBA members, including Sat. lunch: $35
  • CSBA members, no Sat. lunch: $25
  • Non-members, including Sat. lunch: $45
  • Non-members, no Sat. lunch: $35
  • Children under 18, including Sat. lunch: $15
  • Children under 18, no Sat. lunch: free

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