Honey Bee Helpers receives Excellence award at Belknap County 4-H Fair

BELMONT — The Honey Bee Helpers, a new 4-H Club in Belknap County, recently received the 2013 Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Agricultural Promotion for their Apiculture educational display at the Belknap County 4-H Fair.

According to Judge Janis Conner of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, "This was a fact filled exhibit explaining the world of 'apiculture' - Quite educational".

The display included information boards about the life cycle of the honey bee, honey bee trivia, and the responsibilities of a bee keeper throughout the year. Club leader Dennis Manning and his daughter Blaine also gave an educational talk about bee keeping and used their exposure at the fair to recruit interested youth to join their newly established club.

Belknap County 4-H is a program of UNH Cooperative Extension and offers youth, ages 5-18, the chance to participate in positive youth development experiences including leadership, citizenship, science, agriculture and community service projects. For more information on the Belknap County 4-H program or the Honey Bee Helpers 4-H Club, call 527-5475.