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Title: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 30, 2018, 11:53:52 pm
I am setting the BeeFest 2019 date as March 15-17, 2019.
You can park your RV, trailer, set up a tent, get a motel room in Macclenney FL (about 25 minutes away) or if you?re close enough, do day trips. You can also, as Robo did during BeeFest 2018, hang a hammock between 2 trees.  :happy:
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 31, 2018, 08:54:12 am
There are lots of Motels in Lake City where Wally and I stayed.  It is about 30-35 minutes right through the national forest.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: David Giddens on May 28, 2018, 11:55:37 am
I live in Largo,FL and I'm interested in attending. Can you share more details about the event, please!
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: gww on May 28, 2018, 12:56:12 pm
David
https://beemaster.com/forum/index.php?topic=50636.0
Cheers
gww
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on May 28, 2018, 03:26:02 pm
David,
Hope to see you this spring. Be sure to start at page 10. That is where a lot of information is. Lots of pictures throughout that thread.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on August 24, 2018, 10:02:57 pm
For those who are planning on coming to BeeFest 2019, here is a picture of a bass that my brother just caught and released, in our pond.

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Bring your fishing equipment.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on September 06, 2018, 06:26:20 am
During Beefest, we need to make a new ?How to light a smoker video?.
I see a lot of beekeepers having trouble keeping them lit.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 07, 2018, 01:45:20 pm
Mark your calendars for March 15, 16 and 17, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tom will be doing the Dousing demonstration again this year.
See you here. 
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on December 17, 2018, 08:16:04 am
Beefest 2019, March 15, 16 and 17.
Directions to the farm.
From I-10, east or west, use exit 333, the Glen St Mary exit, N County Road 125. Head north towards Glen St Mary. Go 14.5 miles north, the last 5 miles you will be in the Osceola National Forest. When you see that the trees are thinning in the distance start slowing down. There will be a dirt road, OC Horne Rd, on the right with just 25 feet of asphalt at the entrance, DO NOT TURN THERE. My drive way is about 50 feet past OC Horne Rd. There will be a BeeFest sign at the entrance and there is a sign with a cow that says Annabelle?s Wish. Follow the signs to the first gate on the right and then around the pond to the house.
The address is:
23523 County Road 125 N
Sanderson, FL, 32087-3019
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on December 17, 2018, 08:17:12 am
For those that want to stay in a hotel during Beefest 2018, there are 3 motels in Macclenney Florida. They are all about 20 miles away.
They are:
Motel 6
‪1499 S 6th St,  MacClenny, FL, 32063, ‬
‪800-724-1686‬

Econo lodge
151 Woodlawn Road, MacClenny, FL, 32063, US
Guest ReservationsTM
(855) 479-0732

Travelodge
1651 S 6th St
I-10 and Hwy 121 Exit 335
Macclenny, FL 32063
United States
+1 (904) 259-6408

The closest is the Travelodge.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on December 17, 2018, 09:34:54 am
I have my plane tickets.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: truckingmanbeekeeping on December 17, 2018, 01:15:45 pm
         Jim, I am wondering if a bee club could attend any if the current and future 'BeeFests?'
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on December 17, 2018, 03:33:27 pm
I just ask that they log in on this site and, on this thread, let me know they are coming and how many, in their family, they are bringing. Children are welcome. I just ask that you keep a close watch on them.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: yes2matt on January 07, 2019, 10:35:00 pm
One (semi-) adult and four kids (4, 6, 8, and 9). Two tents.

We had such a fine time last year, and I was so impressed by your turkeys that I got a pair.  <3

Should I bring a pair of dowsing rods or get some from Tom?
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on January 08, 2019, 12:00:03 am
Thanks Matt. If you have them, bring your dousing rods.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on January 09, 2019, 04:48:37 pm
With Michael Bush?s guidance we are planning on doing a little Queen grafting during Beefest 2018. I think we will start it on Friday and bee able to move the grafts into a finisher hive on Sunday.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on January 13, 2019, 11:15:45 pm
If you are planning on attending BeeFest 2019 please reply to this thread and note that you are coming, how many are in your party, camping out, RVing; tent, trailer or motel.
This will help me plan it out better and how much food we need.
Let me know if you need anything. If you are flying, I have about 8 suits/veils if you need to borrow one. Let me know here and I will reserve them on a first come first serve. I necessarily I can probably get more from our local clubs.
Feel free to call me.
Jim
904-304-5800

Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: johnboec3 on January 30, 2019, 02:39:09 am
Jim
Wife and I with my small camper. Will there be a small power hook up for me?
John Boeckstiegel
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on January 30, 2019, 09:16:02 am
Jim
Wife and I with my small camper. Will there be a small power hook up for me?
John Boeckstiegel

Yes. You just need to locate your camper near the dock, the new barn or close to the house.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: FloridaGardener on February 02, 2019, 05:03:17 pm
Hello, I would like to attend on Friday for the queen grafting demo please.  I can bring a crockpot of chili/cheddar/Xochil chips for lunch, also bring deli bowls for serving it.  I can also make a vegetarian chili if there is interest.   I am in Fla. panhandle. Thanks!
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on February 02, 2019, 06:42:41 pm
Hello, I would like to attend on Friday for the queen grafting demo please.  I can bring a crockpot of chili/cheddar/Xochil chips for lunch, also bring deli bowls for serving it.  I can also make a vegetarian chili if there is interest.   I am in Fla. panhandle. Thanks!
Sounds great. How many people will you have in your party?
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: FloridaGardener on February 02, 2019, 10:33:06 pm
Just one for sure, thank you. 
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: kathyp on February 27, 2019, 01:42:05 pm
Wish I could come.  Still snowing here, so I am not going anywhere.  Hope you guys take lots of pics and have a great time!!
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on February 27, 2019, 03:33:27 pm
Still snowing here as well.  I'm really tired of moving snow.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 01, 2019, 08:42:27 am
My oldest was here Monday and Tuesday.  They went back to WY to -8 and snow.  Ouch!  He has been wining ever since.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: SwarmCatcher on March 01, 2019, 09:32:02 am
What a cool meet - I'll be interested to see that smoker video at the end of it
I intend to start using the smoker more during the cutouts, but used to have real problems keeping it alight for sufficient time, plus theres normally not a lot of room for everything. Used to use a plumbers blow torch to get it going quickly which is fine for beekeeping yard but not good on peoples property - insurance clauses.
Looking at going back to using it more this year - especially for the nastier colonies.
Does anyone know much about which woods are best to use and ideal chip size?
its a long way to go to join you guys and we hacve a weeks skiing in the French Alpes that week so my thoughts may be with you on occasion.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 01, 2019, 11:23:46 am
Swarmcatcher,
Sounds like you are making a flamethrower instead of a smoker. Always light a smoker from the bottom and pack your material on top of it. I have tried a lot of material but I always go back to pine straw. Once lit, you slowly start packing it as tight as possible.

Speaking of the smoker video, I am looking for someone who is coming to BeeFest that is golf at editing to video it and post it on this thread. Any takers?
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: iddee on March 01, 2019, 11:58:45 am
Swarmcatcher, I have been doing removals for over 40 years. I have found that the smoker is good until the hive is exposed.Then it is worthless. The bees give up and become totally docile once the full hive is exposed. Let it go out, it is no longer needed.

PS. Two great tips for removals. DO NOT start removing comb until ALL of the comb is exposed.
DO NOT put honey comb in frames. Only brood comb and pollen comb. Honey comb will drip and drown all your bees, plus cause robbing.

PPS. Welcome to Beemaster.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 02, 2019, 05:45:08 pm
Wally do you crush and strain the honey or let the bees rob it out?
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: iddee on March 03, 2019, 02:04:58 pm
What I can keep clean, I crush and strain. Most of it gets too dirty, so I set it out a hundred feet or so from the hives and let them clean it up.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on March 04, 2019, 09:49:56 am
>the bees give up and become totally docile once the full hive is exposed. Let it go out, it is no longer needed.

Also pheromones are how they get back together and figure out where the brood is and where the queen is etc.  Smoke just interferes with this.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 05, 2019, 11:36:16 am
Here is the schedule for BeeFest.
On arrival, fill in registration form and name tags.
I have an add in a local newspaper for free swarm removals so we may be stopping to go get swarms from time to time or we may just send a team out to get them.
Friday morning:
8:00 Breakfast.
Make up queen starter boxes.
Queen grafting, taught by Michael Bush.
Afternoon:
12:30 Lunch.
Make up swarm traps and place them in Maccelleny and Glen St Mary locations.
Decorative hive painting.
Kids crafts. Fishing.
Wax Candle making. Please bring bees wax if you can.
6:30 PM Dinner
Evening:
Bonfire. S?mores. Singing, Bring your musical instruments.

Saturday morning:
8:00 AM, Breakfast.
Inspect Altmiller Splits and move queen right boxes into separate hives.
Make new Altmiller Splits from the 2 bottom boxes.
12:30 PM, Lunch.
Troutdog?s Dousing demonstration and how it relates to Beekeeping.
Oxalic acid vapor treatment by John B.
Face painting and kids crafts. Fishing.
6:30 Dinner.
Wax Candle making. Please bring bees wax if you can.
Evening:
Bonfire. S?mores. Singing, Bring your musical instruments.

Sunday morning
8:00 Breakfast.
Smoker contest followed by Smoker training/how to light a five hour smoker video.  (Cameraman needed, pm me)
Bring your smoker if you want to participate. If you are flying, I have 7 extra smokers here. Let me know.
Candle making.
Crafts for kids.
1:00 PM Lunch
Plasticell frames wax dipping and steam wax wax melter demonstration.
I?m sure this schedule will change a bit but this is the initial plan.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 05, 2019, 11:53:18 am
Meal menu.
Friday morning:
Pancakes and sausage, juice and coffee.
Lunch:
Grilled cheese, chips, cookies, iced tea.
Dinner:
Taco bar with all the fixings.

Saturday
Breakfast:
Sausage and potato casserole, juice and coffee.
Lunch:
Sausage and Kale soup and chicken sandwiches. Lemonade.
Dinner:
Spaghetti and meatballs, salad and garlic bread.

Sunday, St Patrick?s Day
Breakfast:
French toast casserole, juice and coffee.
Lunch:
Corned Beef and Cabbage and Potatoes, iced tea.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 05, 2019, 11:56:55 am
If you are coming, please reply to this thread and let me know how many people are in your group so that I can get a count for planning purposes.
We have room for tents, campers and RVs.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 07, 2019, 09:40:12 am
Got hotel.  See you Saturday about noon.  Just me this time.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 07, 2019, 09:44:38 am
Got hotel.  See you Saturday about noon.  Just me this time.
🤗
See you Saturday.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: yes2matt on March 09, 2019, 08:51:30 am
https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/fl/sanderson?cm_ven=localwx_10day

The weather forecast was looking pretty bleak a few days ago but keeps improving.  These rascal kids of mine are very excited for the trip; and they might get a dose of rain camping  :) :grin:
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 09, 2019, 09:05:29 am
Matt,
I?m hoping the weather moves back a day or 2 like it often does. I went out after the last rain and picked out areas that do not hold water for our campers. My local report is saying partly sunny on Saturday.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on March 12, 2019, 09:33:42 am
For those of you who own my book, I often go places and people say they wished they would have brought their copy of my book for me to sign.  If you want to get your book autographed, bring it to BeeFest and I'll be happy to sign it.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 18, 2019, 09:53:56 am
On Sunday we fired up the Steam Wax Melter for the first time since I fixed it. It worked really well. Here are some pictures.

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Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 18, 2019, 02:23:34 pm
I just got back home to WPB.  Jim and his wife put on a heck of a spread just like last year.  It is a shame there are not a whole lot more people taking advantage of this great opportunity.  We learned lots and had a great time.  Where can you go and have a one on one with Michael Bush opening up several hives, asking any stupid question you can think of and learning the why he does what he does?  And the entry fee is zip as in nothing.  Michael said to me I am surprised there are not a lot more people here just to pick on me.  I agree.  Common folks make a plan next year before Jim decides to not do it anymore.
Jim, when I find my process sheet for making mead I will send it to you.  Good luck on all those splits that were made.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: kathyp on March 18, 2019, 02:56:25 pm
Sounds like it was great.  It's just too early in the year for me.  April at Buds was pushing it.  Maybe someday...
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 18, 2019, 08:05:30 pm
I just got back home to WPB.  Jim and his wife put on a heck of a spread just like last year.  It is a shame there are not a whole lot more people taking advantage of this great opportunity.  We learned lots and had a great time.  Where can you go and have a one on one with Michael Bush opening up several hives, asking any stupid question you can think of and learning the why he does what he does?  And the entry fee is zip as in nothing.  Michael said to me I am surprised there are not a lot more people here just to pick on me.  I agree.  Common folks make a plan next year before Jim decides to not do it anymore.
Jim, when I find my process sheet for making mead I will send it to you.  Good luck on all those splits that were made.
Thanks Brian. Michael did a great lesson on queen grafting on Friday and we grafted up 6 rows of queen cells. We put 3 of them in a starter hive and 2 in a starter/finisher hive. On Sunday we checked on them. The ones in the starter hive did much better than the ones in the finisher. Matt?s daughter, Madeliene, had the highest number of queen larvae.
Jim
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: jtcmedic on March 18, 2019, 08:46:32 pm
Sounds like a great time, had some family things going on but it has improved .
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on March 19, 2019, 08:59:35 am
Beefest was great this year.  It was great last year too.  Good people.  Awesome food and hospitality.  We got into bees every day.  I look forward to next year.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 19, 2019, 09:00:16 am
I am wondering if a later time would have been better.  Having it on spring break and St Patrick's Weekend might have been a conflict for some people.  What does the group think?  It also jams up the hotel/motel availability.  Next year I plan on bringing the camper.
Kathy, having it too  late screws up the time for splits and April might be warm for some northerners.  Just bite the bullet and come.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on March 19, 2019, 10:17:04 am
The timing for the bees there was great this year.  Unfortunately that varies from year to year, so I think it's impossible to be right all the time. It's hard to eliminate all the conflicts...
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: kathyp on March 19, 2019, 11:41:40 am
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Kathy, having it too  late screws up the time for splits and April might be warm for some northerners.  Just bite the bullet and come.

When hubby retires I might be able to pull it off.  It's just too much to put on him when the weather is so bad and he is working.  The help I used to hire has moved so I need to find a new critter sitter that won't get stuck in the snow   :cheesy:

Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Acebird on March 19, 2019, 01:45:13 pm
The timing for the bees there was great this year.  Unfortunately that varies from year to year, so I think it's impossible to be right all the time.

I agree that the year varies but the dates are picked prier to knowing what the year will be like.  Timing splits cannot be early but you can hold them off a week or two.  The difference would be more populous hives if later.
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: CoolBees on March 20, 2019, 01:51:15 pm
I wish I could have been there. Sounds like it was educated and fun. I would love to have met each of you. Life gets in the way. Maybe next year.  :smile:
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: Michael Bush on March 20, 2019, 04:35:57 pm
>Maybe next year.

Start planning now...
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 20, 2019, 09:10:34 pm
Plan for March 20-21-22, 2020. Those are the dates for BeeFest 2020.
Jim Altmiller
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: CoolBees on March 20, 2019, 10:43:55 pm
>Maybe next year.

Start planning now...

Yes Sir!!  :smile: :grin: :grin: :grin:
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 24, 2019, 01:36:30 pm
Here are some pictures that Kent took on Sunday.

 
Enjoy.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BR7R8t8JhMLUG7cdAATjudjd-dy3GHnb
Jim Altmiller
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 24, 2019, 06:47:10 pm
Her are the pictures from Saturday.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1OJd4VBYDkOPAeMPEL6fcXkskPfsl5JBv
Jim Altmiller
Title: Re: BeeFest 2019
Post by: sawdstmakr on March 24, 2019, 06:51:06 pm
Here are more pictures from Saturday.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Vn4ZxOYH6clIUjzs9T6ZhhSiHjYfwYbD
Jim Altmiller