Beekeepers set new record as show attracts over 200 entries

Albert Hamilton (Belfast) is awarded Best in Show from BBC Presenter and INIB President Bill Turnbull.
Albert Hamilton (Belfast) is awarded Best in Show from BBC Presenter and INIB President Bill Turnbull.

Once again the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers Annual Honey Show set a new record, a staggering total of 288 entries were on display in the various classes.

This made it the largest show to have been staged anywhere in Northern Ireland to date.

Mark Wallace (Ballymoney) picks up the award for Maximum points from President of INIB Bill Turnbull.

Mark Wallace (Ballymoney) picks up the award for Maximum points from President of INIB Bill Turnbull.

As well as the record entry, some new exhibitors took home the top awards.

Mark Wallace from Ballymoney was the top exhibitor, winning three trophies – the six jar class, best sections and best cut comb.

The Novice award went to James Carroll, from Ardee, Co Monaghan; Beekeeping Artistry was won by Mary Monaghan from Cookstown; Best Medium Honey was acquired by Lance Welsh (Carrickfergus); while Supreme Run Honey and overall Best in Show was awarded to Albert Hamilton (Belfast) for his Light Honey.

During the judging the delegates were treated to lectures by Jennifer Berry, from the University of Georgia, USA; Deborah Delaney, from the University of Delaware, and Dr. Jim Loughrey, from Roe Valley Beekeepers.

Full list of prize winners:

Six Jars of Honey for sale – Mark Wallace (Ballymoney).

Two Jars Light Honey – Albert Hamilton (Belfast).

Two Jars Medium Honey – Lance Welsh (Carrickfergus).

Two Jars Dark Honey – Cecil McMullan (Hillsborough ).

Jar for tasting – Walter McNeill (Antrim).

Two Sections – Mark Wallace (Ballymoney).

Cut Comb – Mark Wallace (Ballymoney).

Cake of Beeswax - Malachy Mathews (Ardee).

Beekeeping Photograph – Caroline Thomson (Crumlin).

Honey Cake – Caroline Thomson (Crumlin).

Novice Class – James Carroll (Ardee).

Sweet Mead – Tom Canning (Armagh).

Dry Mead - Michael Young MBE (Hillsborough).

Beekeeping Artistry – Mary Monaghan (Cookstown).

Supreme Run Honey – Albert Hamilton (Belfast).

Maximum Points – Mark Wallace (Ballymoney).

Best in Show – Albert Hamilton (Belfast).