What’s the buzz?

Bearded Lady gets in the bee cage with state apiarist Don Hopkins.

If you’re like me, you’re a little hesitant around bees. I can’t help but picture the scene from 1991’s “My Girl” where Macaulay Culkin goes back to the woods to find a lost mood ring and gets stung by a swarm of bees. Bees are scary, or at least that’s what I thought before I visited the bee exhibit in the Expo Center.

The exhibit is all about the importance of bees and beekeeping to N.C. agriculture. There’s information on starting your own hive, displays of old equipment and even honey for sale. At the heart of the exhibit is a screened demonstration area where state apiarists explain the importance of bees while surrounded by a live hive.

State apiarist Don Hopkins took me into the cage to tell me a little more about North Carolina’s beekeeping industry and what inspectors look for in a hive. Check out the video below from inside the cage:

You can learn more about the state’s beekeeping industry for yourself in the Expo Center. Look for the bee exhibit near the giant pumpkin and State Fair Ark. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. during the fair.

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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