Bee Weekend 2017
When is Bee Weekend 2017?
On Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8, 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, food carts, 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!
Where can I pick up my bees?
You can pick bees on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th, at our Hwy 99 location, 29548 B Airport Road, Eugene, OR 97402. Bee pick up will be outside along the south side of the building.
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.
GloryBee offers several classes to help you get started beekeeping. Below are a list of dates and times.
January 21, 2017 - Beekeeping 101: Join us in learning about beekeeping basics. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or would like more information about beekeeping we've got you covered! Learn all about bees, what equipment and tools you'll need, and how to tend to your hive over the course of a year. Cost: $25.00 - Includes copy of First lessons in beekeeping.
Feburary 2017, Date to be determined - Ask a Beekeeper: Join GloryBee founder Dick Turanski and GloryBee beekeeping expert Michael France for an in-depth QA about beekeeping. Cost: Free but limited to 25 attendees.
March 11, 2017 - Beekeeping 101: Join us in learning about beekeeping basics. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or would like more information about beekeeping we've got you covered! Learn all about bees, what equipment and tools you'll need, and how to tend to your hive over the course of a year. Cost: $25.00 - Includes copy of First lessons in beekeeping. (Note: This class covers the same curriculum as the January 21 class).
All classes are from 10:00am to 1:00pm unless otherwise stated.
Call 1-800-456-7923 to register.
Bee Installation Demonstrations
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.
Friday, April 7 – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Saturday, April 8 – 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm
Meet the 2017 American Honey Queen
The American Honey Queen 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 speaks and promotes 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, honey bees 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 Prices:Please note we do not ship Bees. Local Pickup Only.
- 2lb. Packages
• Carniolan Bees w/ Queen $119
• Italian Bees w/ Queen $119
• Carniolan Bees w/ Marked Queen $121
• Italian Bees w/ Marked Queen $121
- 3 lb. Packages
• Carniolan Bees w/ Queen $135
• Italian Bees w/ Queen $135
• Carniolan Bees w/ Marked Queen $137
• Italian Bees w/ Marked Queen $137
- Nuc Boxes
• Nuc w/ PNW Bees and Queen $200Pick up date:
Saturday, April 22 - 8:30am-10:30am
• PNW Italian/Carniolan Unmarked $36
• Italian Unmarked $36
• Carniolan Unmarked $36
• Italian Marked $38
• Carniolan Marked $38
- Demo Hives
• Packaged Bees introduced to hive during Bee Weekend.Available for pick-up once colony is established (Tentatively May 13). $319
- Order Now!
To order call 1-800-456-7923. Order deadline for packages and queens is Friday, March 31 2017. Order deadline for Nucs is Friday, April 14 2017.
- Cancellation Policy
Customers need to speak with a salesperson to request a refund. Refunds will not be authorized via email or through voicemail. All pre-ordered packaged bees must be picked up by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday or they will be considered abandoned and sold to someone waiting on site. No Refunds after Friday, March 31, 2017