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CEBA Rules for the Honey Show on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

Please note that honey show entrees must be submitted at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The holiday potluck starts at 12:30 p.m.


Class 1: Novice class extracted honey
Class 2: Light extracted honey
Class 3: Medium extracted honey
Class 4: Dark extracted honey
Class 5: Beeswax (wax block and candles)
Class 6: Black jar
Class 7: Cut comb
Class 8: Chunk honey
Class 9: Arts and crafts
Class 10: Judges choice


First place winner of Class 1 - $25
First place winners in Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4 - $50 each.
Best of Show of all extracted honey categories - $100.
First place winners in Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, Class 8 and Class 9  - $25 each

There will also be Welsh Honey Show certificates, ribbons and a Best of Show trophy.

General rules

All entries must be produced by the contestant. Each member may make only one entry in each class. This show will feature certified Welsh honey judges. All decisions by the judge(s) are final.

Entrance fee per entry: $5. Contestants do not need to be CEBA members to participate.

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. Prizes include cash, certificates, ribbons and trophies.

Class 1: Novice Class
This class is for contestants that have not won first place in any extracted honey class in any honey show. A blue ribbon in any other category will not exclude participation. Exhibitors need only submit one one-pound bottle, but must conform to rules for other classes of extracted honey (see below). An exhibitor entering the Novice Class cannot enter the class requiring three jars.

Class 2: Light, Class 3: Medium, Class 4: Dark
An extracted honey entry is three (3) identical one-pound jars. The jars may be made from glass or plastic and may have either metal or plastic lids. Do not use tamper proof seals. There must not be any type of label on the jars. Stewards will provide 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch labels with the entry number for all jars. These labels must be placed 1/2 inch from the bottom of each jar.

Judges consider the following characteristics of each entry:
a) Cleanliness of the jar and lid.
b) Correct fill level is to the ring just above neck of the jar. It’s very important for all three jars are filled to the same exact line.
c) Uniformity of the three jars.
d) Cleanliness and clarity of the honey. (No air bubbles.)
e) Moisture content (18.6% or under)
f) Aroma and flavor

Class 5: Beeswax
Wax is judged based on cleanliness, uniformity of appearance, shape, color, aroma and absence of defects such as cracks and shrinkage. Beeswax entries may be:

a) Wax Block – The block must be at least one-inch thick but not more than two-inches thick. The block must weigh a minimum of two pounds.

b) Candles – An entry is two identical candles. One of the candles in each entry will be burned. Molded tapers must have flat-finished bases. The wicks must be trimmed to one-half inch in length. Dipped tapers should have the last drip left on. The wicks must be left joined.

Class 6: Black jar
Black jars will be provided. The exhibitor will transfer a minimum of 2 ounces of honey into the black jar. Black jar honey is judged on flavor only.

Class 7: Cut comb

The boxes must be transparent on all sides made for displaying cut comb. The chunk of comb must be in one piece, with a straight mid rib and of uniform thickness. Comb with watery cappings should be avoided. The cuts should be clean and uniform. There should be no leaking of honey from comb into the box. Judges evaluate entries on the following:

● Cut comb honey entries are not judged for flavor unless signs of fermentation are apparent.
● Uniform appearance and color including the honey in the comb, cleanliness, absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance, freedom from granulation, pollen and brood.
● Total weight of the entire entry may be used as a tiebreaker

Class 8: Chunk honey
Submit chunk honey in standard one-pound chunk honey jars with wide mouths and straight sides.

Class 9: Arts & Crafts
Original oil, water color, charcoal, acrylic, pen and ink, or any other medium paintings depicting honey or some aspects of beekeeping. All art work must be free standing. Entriesd may include quilts, rugs and wax products, including candles rolled from wax sheets.

Class 10: Judge’s Choice
Any other honey bee related item.


Once entries have been submitted to the competition via the honey show steward. The steward will protect the entries from tampering. Competitors may not enter the judging area where the entries have been placed. All entries must be blocked off from contact by anyone except the Steward, Superintendent and Judges. Do not touch any entries before, during or after the competition.
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