Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host 2017 Iowa Honeybee Queen Sunday

The Allamakee County Conservation Board invites everyone to learn about honey bees, honey and beekeeping at an interactive, informative program presented by 2017 Iowa Honey Queen Carly Vannoy Sunday, October 29 at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing. The free public program will begin at 2 p.m, but the center will open its doors at 11 a.m. Participants will learn about how bees make mummies, the color of mystery honey, the strange use of beehives in medieval times and more.

Carly Vannoy is the 2017 Iowa Honey Queen. She started beekeeping three years ago through the Iowa Honey Producers Association's Youth Scholarship Program, and currently manages three hives of her own. After serving locally and representing her local beekeeping club as the Friendly Beekeepers of Iowa Honey Queen, she was able to advance to state and now represent honeybees, honey and beekeeping on a statewide level. It is Vannoy's goal to educate and inform about honeybees and help people have an interest in and ability to start beekeeping.

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center is located at 1944 Columbus Road Lansing and is an interpretive center highlighting the Driftless Area of Allamakee County. The building is currently open seven days a week and is free for all visitors to stop by and take in all it has to offer.

For more information on the 2017 Iowa Honeybee Queen presentation or any activity being hosted by the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, call 563-538-0403, follow Allamakee County Conservation on Facebook and Instagram, or email accb.naturalist@gmail.com.

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