Please note this is was posted in Feburay of 2015. To learn about bee weekend 2016, visit this page.

On Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th, GloryBee will host its Annual Bee Weekend! This two-day community event is packed with beekeeping education, distribution of pre-ordered packages of live bees, live demonstrations, honey sampling, onsite food vendors and additional activities.

You don't have to be a beekeeper to participate! Bee Weekend has become a popular community event, featuring honey tasting, activities for kids and much more. Additionally, our Factory Store will be open so you can purchase supplies, bee-related gifts and toys, and a variety of tasty treats. Come see the bees up-close and learn more about these tiny and amazing pollinators!

Friday, April 10th: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, April 11th: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday, April 10th: 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Saturday, April 11th: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm

Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Bee package delays! If you are coming out Friday to pick up your bees, these will not be available until 12:00 p.m. If you have any questions please call our sales department.

April 18th, 8:00am - 10:00am

Beekeepers prepare for the beekeeping year early by preordering packaged bees. Due to the increasing popularity of beekeeping as a hobby, it is recommended to order bees early in case of shortages. Beginners can prepare by purchasing how-to books and attending workshops like those offered through local beekeeping associations. Supplies like boxes, frames, foundation and other equipment should be purchased well in advance to allow plenty of time to paint the hives and prepare the frames and foundation. For an easy way to get started, GloryBee offers a beginning beekeeping kit that will get novices off on the right foot.

Place your order today: 1-800-456-7923
Order Deadline: April 12th

Complete Nuc box with bees and queen* $200
Demo Hive (bees and queen)** $335.00

*Nuc Box: Pick up will be before Bee Weekend with the date still to be determined.
• Nuc Box with Bees & locally bred Queens
• Comes with wooden 5 frame box, frames & foundation
• Bees are a combo Italian/carniolan mix (the supplier said that they have found this mixed breed works well in our area)

**Demo Hives: The price for a demo hive will be $335.00 this year. These will be available approximately 4-6 weeks after Bee Weekend. They are the packages that will be installed during Bee Weekend and could be either breed so customers will not have the option to pick a breed. They will be ready to be picked up very early on a weekday morning (like 6:00 or 6:30am) when Dick determines they are thriving and ready to go.

bee demos

Dick Turanski, founder and beekeeper, along with his son and President of GloryBee, Alan Turanski, will demonstrate live bee installation into hives. The demonstrations are a must-see; for non-beekeepers, they offer a rare chance to see a colony of bees up close.

Demonstration Times: Check Back Soon

As the 2015 American Honey Queen, this representative serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. The Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such the Queen will travel throughout the United States during her year-long reign.

The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.

Bee GirlSarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of Bee Girl. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on the deck of her aunt's cabin, at the end of a country road. Sarah carried her affinity for honey bees with her through to Montana where she chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her research project for the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana. She graduated with honors, and as a University Scholar from UM's College of Forestry and Conservation.

She is excited to "bee" in Southern Oregon to combine her love of bees with her education, outreach, and non-profit experience to encourage and support the newest generation of bee lovers. No matter what she gets her honey stickied hands into, at the core of the Bee Girl organization is our mission of preserving honeybees, beekeepers, and food resources by providing outreach, education, support, and mentorship for beekeepers and communities.

Bee Girl teaches classes for beginning beekeepers and works one-on-one with beekeepers and their honey bees. She works to educate the next generation of honey beekeepers and advocates through her Kids and Bees program and the Southern Oregon University Beekeeping Club. She is also working on an initiative to help farmers and other land managers help our bees though conserving bee habitat and planting bee forage.