Texas Honey Show General Rules 2020

The Honey Show judging criteria are designed to reflect exhibitor skill, shine a favorable light on Texas beekeeping, and create a learning experience. Items over which one has no direct control are de-emphasized. In the extracted, creamed and chunk honey classes, a judge’s personal taste of the natural flavor or color of honey will not affect scoring. However, alteration of either color or flavor in handling or preparation of the entry by the beekeeper will adversely affect the score (such as smoke or repellent.) Manufacturing defects in glass jars and bottles will not affect scoring, but surface dust, smudges, scratches, chips or other handling alterations on entry containers will affect the score. We will work to make adjustments to judging as a result of the mail in process.

By entering the competition, you (the exhibitor) agree to be bound by the rules. Please read them carefully.

1. The Texas Honey Show is sponsored by the Texas Beekeepers Association (TBA) and is open to all.
2. Texas Honey Show Entry Fees: All entry fees are waived for the 2020 Honey Show.
3. Entries other than mead may be hand-delivered on behalf of a qualified entrant by another person. Please see Mead Competition Rules for drop off information pertaining to mead entries.
4. One entry may be made in each honey class by one individual, the individual’s family, or individual’s apiary. All hive product entries must be a product of the exhibitor’s own bees. Artwork must be produced solely by the exhibitor. Photography is limited to one entry per class.
5. Entries dropped off the day of judging must be received by 10:00AM.
6. Registration is by paper entry forms only.
7. Complete the 2020 Texas Honey Show Entry Form at the end of this Rules document. Please see Mead Competition Rules for mead entry forms.
8. At the time of registration, the Show Secretary inconspicuously labels each entry.
9. Bring printed copies of the Entry Forms when delivering your entries to the Show Secretary at the registration table. Entry Forms must accompany all entries that are mailed.
10. At time of receipt, all honey entries become the property of TBA.
11. Extracted honey must be submitted in a standard one-pound glass queen-line or Gamber Classic jar, with plain metal or plastic lid. (No labels affixed.)
12. Creamed honey must be submitted in a 1-lb. round chunk honey jar (has small shoulder) or straight cylinder glass jar. (No labels affixed.)

13. Chunk honey must be submitted in a 1-lb. round chunk honey jar (has small shoulder) or straight cylinder glass jar with standard lid. (No labels affixed.)
14. The “Black Jar” entry will be obscured by the Show Secretary when received.
15. Do not label products in any way before arrival. Show Secretary will label every item with the Texas Honey Show Identification Labels.
16. After submitting entries to the Show Secretary, competitors may not enter the area where the entries are placed. Exception may be given to those entering the Arts and Crafts and Gadget classes.
17. Judging will take place Saturday with results posted on the TBA Facebook Page.
18. All extracted honey and beeswax entries must have been produced by the exhibitor within the last 12 months. This restriction does not apply to entries in “Black Jar” honey, Photography, Art, Gadgets and Mead.
19. Judges are disqualified from the classes they judge. Show secretaries are disqualified from competition.
20. All entries will be judged according to the official score sheet. After the show, completed score sheets will be given to each entrant.
21. For display and photos, each extracted honey entry is to be accompanied by the producer’s own labels, which will be attached to the entries after judging. Put the labels in an envelope so it can get a sticker, so we know what label goes with what honey. DO NOT AFFIX THE LABELS TO ENTRIES PRIOR TO COMPETITION.
22. Participants can enter either individually or as a group, in the case of group projects.
23. Honey Show judges may be blue-ribbon winners of local, state and regional shows, or professionals judging in their fields, such as artistry, mead, video or photography. Judges fill out a score card for each entry. If an entry is disqualified, the reason for disqualification must be stated on the score card. Judges make comments on score cards in order to help exhibitors improve. The score cards are the property of TBA.
24. Any complaint or issue must be presented in writing to the Show Chairman.

Continue to Judging Criteria.

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