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Convention center abuzz with beekeepers

Convention center abuzz with beekeepers


Stacy Marriner (left, in blue shirt) , a regional director for N.C. Beekeepers Association, discusses bee hives with Mark Case of the Sophia-based hive manufacturer Beez Needz. 

Beekeepers from across the state came to the Hickory Metro Convention Center last week for the N.C. State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference.

The three-day event, which ended on Saturday, included workshops, demonstrations and vendors selling various bee-related products.

Mandy Hildebrand, CEO of the convention center, said the event brought in more than 500 people and as many as 100 vendors to town.

Some photos of the conference’s last day are included here:


H.S. Greene (left), of Hidden Happiness Bee Farm in Deep Gap, discusses ways of introducing a new queen bee into a hive with Caldwell County beekeeper Elizabeth Cifu.  


Buck Staples (left), an employee of Midnight Bee Supply, hands customer Christi Henthorn a hive bo


Beekeeper Bob Cole stands next to a display showing photos of his travels around the world giving consultations on beekeeping through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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