WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - School kids in eastern Wisconsin are learning more about the honey industry, and the roles played by the state’s 500-plus beekeepers.
American Honey Princess Danielle Dale of Sparta is visiting schools in advance of a large “Kids and Bees Expo” on Saturday afternoon in Waupaca.
Dale says the commercial honey industry has been in a decline over the last 20 years due to pressure from mites, and colony collapses. But Dale says it has opened the door to individual beekeepers, and there are groups throughout the state to help people get started.
Today, only 1 percent of beekeepers are considered commercial – and many of those operations have thousands of hives.
Dale reminds the youngsters that honey is a tasty and versatile product. She says it’s legendary for healing sore throats and cuts because honey is “naturally anti-bacterial.” Dale also says bees are important in pollinating a number of Wisconsin’s farm crops.
At Saturday’s expo, youngsters can see live hives – learn how to roll beeswax candles – and taste a variety of honey flavors. The event is free, and it runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Grand Seasons in Waupaca.