MCBA, Inc. Consignment Rules and Pricing for the 2017 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

1. Any MCBA, Inc. member in good standing may consign honey or hive products for sale

at the Fair. Consignors are responsible for confirming that they are included in the current

MCBA, Inc. Membership Directory (posted at

2. All consignment suppliers are required to enter honey or hive products for show in the

2017 Montgomery County Fair. Ribbons and prize money may be awarded, as


3. All consignment suppliers are required to volunteer/work a minimum of a single 4-hour

shift at one of the MCBA, Inc.-sponsored areas at the 2017 County Fair.

4. All consignment suppliers must contact Jim Fraser (marylandhoneycompany2011(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) by August 8th to prearrange for their

products to be sold at the fair. Suppliers should communicate the types and quantities of

products for sale.

5. All consignment items must be appropriately packaged and labeled. Standard honey

containers for honey products are required (no pints or quarts.) Each product must be

labeled in such a way that the supplier can be identified. Supplier’s name or apiary name

is appropriate. All soaps, lip balms, creams, etc. must be labeled to show supplier’s name

and ingredients.

6. Products are accepted on a consignment basis only. All consignment suppliers will be

paid no later than six weeks after the close of the fair.

7. The MCBA, Inc., Fair Committee determines the retail sale price, which include a 10%

commission payable to MCBA, Inc. to cover Fair operating expenses for the Club.

8. The MCBA, Inc., Fair Committee reserves the right to refuse any items not suitable for

sale, such as items that have a poor appearance, crystallized honey, sticky jars,

improperly filled jars, dirty or damaged items, and off-flavor items. All products must be

suitably packaged so as to protect them from damage.

9. Honey is sold on an equal basis as to type and variety. Each supplier of a particular

variety will have equal opportunity to sell the same amount of honey.

10 All show entries and honey and hive products must be delivered to the Farm and Garden

Building on Friday, August 11th between the hours of 10 AM – 4 PM or on Saturday,

August 12th between 8:30 AM – 2 PM. Be sure to obtain a receipt for all items placed on

consignment. MCBA, Inc. takes no responsibility for items left for consignment without

a signed receipt.

11 All unsold products will be returned to the consignment supplier. All unsold items must

be picked up on Sunday, August 20th between the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM. Unless

otherwise arranged, any items that are not picked up will become the property of MCBA,

Inc. and/or will be donated to charity.

All other bee-related items (for example, candles, soaps, glassware, etc.) members wish to consign to MCBA, Inc., must be approved by the MCBA, Inc., Fair Committee. The supplier will establish the cost of the item and the MCBA, Inc., Fair Committee will then compute the retail sales price after adding an appropriate commission to the cost of the item.


(You can download a .pdf of the Montgomery County 2017 Agricultural Fair  Exhibitors

Catalogue HERE)

SUPERINTENDENTS: Jim Fraser, 301-518-9678 and Tim McMahon

ENTRIES RECEIVED: Friday, Aug. 11: 10am–4pm and Saturday, Aug. 12: 10am–2pm

ENTRIES RELEASED: Sunday, Aug. 20: 10am–2pm


1. All exhibitors are subject to the general rules and regulations in addition to the particular

rules listed here.

2. All honey and beeswax exhibits must have been produced by the exhibitor during the past

15 months (except Classes 2, and 18 through 25).

3. Only one entry allowed per class.

4. No exhibitor’s name or label will be allowed on entries except classes 2 and 19.

Identification stickers with exhibitor’s number may be secured to the bottom of the items

to avoid mistakes in dismantling exhibits.

5. All honey entries must have been gathered and ripened in a natural way by honeybees.

6. Judge may withhold prizes for insufficient merit and remove from public view any entry

or part thereof which, in his or her opinion, discredits the exhibition.

7. The Superintendent at time of entry will determine the color class of all extracted honey,

but, prior to judging, may shift it to another class where appropriate.

8. Honey display (minimum of 10 pounds of honey) may include pictures and charts but

may not include beekeeper’s equipment, tools, observation hive or honey in tins.

9. John Smeltzer Educational Exhibit, (class 2) Three-dimensional exhibit preferred; text

readable at four feet. Labels permitted (rule 4 does not apply). Live bees or insects are not

permitted. If exhibit requires honey, five pounds is the maximum amount. Object: to

depict the importance of honeybees to mankind. (1) Produce valuable economic goods

(honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, bee venom, by-products and medicinal drug

components); (2) perform valuable economic service (pollination); (3) provide interesting

and cultural recreation.

10. Extracted, chunk, and finely granulated honey must be exhibited in clear, untinted glass

or plastic jars of one-pound or more capacity.

11. If new beekeepers bring three item entries for classes 26, 27 and 28, they will be judged

also in the appropriate classes for additional premiums.

12. All rectangular section honey combs must be sealed in plastic bags or wrapped in clear


13. All cut comb honey must be packed in clear covered plastic boxes, 4x4x1.5 inches.

14. Frame of honey must be supported vertically in a sealed case with transparent windows

for viewing entire comb portion and to prevent robbing by local bees.

15. Personal gift arrangement of honeybee products should be attractive and practical (in a

box, basket, or other suitable container).

16. Arts and crafts articles may be drawings, paintings, pottery, needlework, batik, carvings,

depicting honeybees and bee keeping activities. Exhibit must have been created by the

exhibitor. Commercial kits or copies of commercial items are not acceptable.

17. Beekeeper’s Children’s (under 12) Arts and Crafts may be a drawing, painting, beeswax

craft, needlework, ceramic, model, toy, etc.

18. Items exhibited in classes 23 and 24, which may be unfamiliar to the viewer, must be

labeled with name, use, directions for use, when appropriate.

19. For classes with two or less entries, the Superintendent has the option to combine classes.

20. The Judge has the option to withhold first place in a class with only one entry.

21. If more than one member of a household exhibit in the same class, the lower scoring

entry may be placed after the other exhibitors by the Superintendent.


1. An award of a GRAND CHAMPION ROSETTE and $5 will be given.

2. Two awards of CHAMPION ROSETTE and $4 will be given to two entries for Best in


3. An award of BEST IN SHOW will be given to the best entry in the show.


1. Honey display (not to exceed five feet in length and 24 inches in depth).

2. Educational poster or exhibit (not to exceed three feet in length and 18 inches in depth;

maximum five pounds of honey).

3. Three jars, water white extracted honey.

4. Three jars, extra light amber extracted honey.

5. Three jars, light amber extracted honey.

6. Three jars, amber extracted honey.

7. Three jars, dark amber extracted honey.

8. Three jars, dark extracted honey.

9. Three jars, finely granulated honey.

10. Three jars, chunk honey.

11. Three plastic boxes of cut comb honey, 4x4x1.5 inches.

12. One frame of honey.

13. Three rectangular or round sections of comb honey.

14. One jar, pollen (1# honey jar).

15. One piece, molded block of beeswax, plain or fancy (one pound minimum).

16. One pair ,dipped taper or straight beeswax candles.

17. One pair, molded taper or straight beeswax candles.

18. Candle, other.

19. Artistic beeswax creations, coloring and additives permitted (moldings and plain candles

not permitted).

20. Personal gift arrangement of honey bee products (labels permitted). May include dried

flowers and agricultural products.

21. Arts and crafts article (depicting bee keeping), framed or matted.

22. Photographic print (depicting beekeeping).

23. Other products or by-products from the honey bee (cooked/baked items, beverages and

mead not permitted).

24. Gadget to assist the beekeeper.

25. Unusual item produced by honeybees.

26. Molded beeswax tree ornaments, additives and coloring permitted.

27. One jar, extra light through light amber extracted honey (new beekeeper only).

28. One jar, amber through dark extracted honey (new beekeeper only).

29. One jar, chunk honey, one section of comb honey, one frame, one plastic box of cut comb

honey or one piece molded beeswax (new beekeeper only).

30. Beekeeper’s children arts (depicting bee keeping), under 12 yrs. old.

31. Beekeeper’s children’s crafts (depicting bee keeping), under 12 yrs. old..