Judging Criteria for maximum of 100 points:

1-3 EXTRACTED HONEY: Extracted honey must be submitted in one standard one-pound glass jar in queen-line type or Gamber Classic jars, with plain metal or plastic lid. No labels affixed.
10 points: DENSITY (water content above 18.6% is disqualified; below 15.5% will be docked points.)
15.5-17.0 % is 10 points
17.1 – 18.0 is 9 points
18.1 – 18.6 is 7 points
20 points: ABSENCE OF CRYSTALS
40 points: CLEANLINESS
Without lint – 10
Without dirt – 10
Without wax – 10
Without foam – 10
10 points: FLAVOR (points reduced ONLY for honey flavor adversely affected by processing); disqualified if fermented.
10 points: CONTAINER APPEARANCE (dust, dirt, smudges, honey, or other foreign material on the rim or outside of the container will result in point deductions.)
10 points: ACCURACY OF FILLING (jars filled to the top of the bead, molded on the jar, no visible gap between bead and lid, not over 3/8 inch from top of jar.)

4. CREAMED HONEY: 1-lb. round chunk honey jar (has small shoulder) or straight cylinder glass jar. No labels affixed.
30 points: FINENESS OF CRYSTALS
25 points: FIRMNESS
20 points: CLEANLINESS AND FREEDOM FROM FOAM
15 points: FLAVOR points reduced if affected by processing; disqualified if fermented.
10 points: ACCURACY OF FILLING

5. CHUNK HONEY: 1-LB round chunk honey jar (has small shoulder) or straight cylinder glass jar. No labels affixed.
20 points: NEATNESS AND UNIFORMITY OF CUT (Upgrade for parallel, 4-sided cuts, Downgrade for ragged edges)
20 points: ABSENCE OF WATERY CAPPINGS, UNCAPPED CELLS AND POLLEN
20 points: CLEANLINESS ABSENCE OF TRAVEL STAINS, FOAM, WAX FLAKES & CRYSTALLIZATION
20 points: UNIFORMITY OF APPEARANCE COLOR, THICKNESS OF COMB, ACCURACY OF FILL
10 points: DENSITY (water content above 18.6% is disqualified)
10 points: FLAVOR (reduced points if adversely affected by processing); disqualified if fermented

6. BLACK JAR HONEY: Entries are to be submitted in one jar of any type. Show Secretary will obscure honey upon entry into the show. 1st place ribbon only. Not eligible for Best in Show Honey Award. Class Judging Criteria: Solely on the merits of its taste.

7-9. COMB HONEY: Honey comb that has been built in a container by the bees in either (Ross Round – Class 7) round plastic, (Halfhog – Class 8) square wooden or plastic boxes with clear removable lids and no labels. Cut Comb (Class 9) should be 4 inch by 4 inch sections of honeycomb with the edges drained and placed in a clam shell container with no loose or dripping/leaking honey. The foundation (if used) should be 100 % bees wax with no metal wire supports in it. Comb honey should not contain any uncapped cells; it should be completely filled from top to bottom and side to side. Points are taken off for open cells. Comb honey should have pure white cappings and there should be uniformity in color.
20 points: ABSENCE OF UNCAPPED CELLS
20 points: UNIFORMITY OF APPEARANCE
15 points: UNIFORMITY OF COLOR
15 points: UNIFORMITY OF CUT (Cut Comb) – or – CLEANLINESS OF FRAME/CONTAINER (Ross Round/Halfhog)
10 points: ABSENSE OF WET/WATERY CAPPINGS
10 points: ABSENCE OF POLLEN & GRANULATION
10 points: UNIFORMITY OF WEIGHT (honey in both sides for Ross Round and Cut Comb)

10. BEESWAX BLOCK: Beeswax entries must be natural, unbleached, 100% beeswax. Weight range of 1-lb. – 2-lb. only. Wax to be smooth and can be block, square, round, or rectangular in shape, no fancy mold, and no indentations of letters from mold. Wax block must be wrapped in transparent plastic wrap (such as Cling Wrap). Entry label will be affixed to the film.
35 points: CLEANLINESS
20 points: UNIFORMITY OF APPEARANCE
15 points: COLOR
15 points: AROMA
15 points: ABSENCE OF CRACKS & SHRINKAGE

11. BEEKEEPING ARTS AND CRAFTS: This category includes any type of art. It can include batik, encaustic painting, collage, mixed media, quilts, painting, knitting, embroidery, and so forth. Exhibitors’ names must not be shown.
25 points: ARTISTIC MERIT
25 points: ORIGINALITY
25 points: SKILL INVOLVED
25 points: DESIGN

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY: Photograph must by size of 8”x10”, horizontal or vertical. Photographer submitting an entry retains all legal copyrights. The first-place photo entries may be featured as 2022 TBA Journal covers and the cover of the TBA brochure. All photos may be used in the calendar to be sold at the following year’s convention. Please ensure you have the permission of any individual featured in photos prior to submitting entries. Each of the photography classes will be judged using the following point system…
35 points: COMPOSITION
35 points: TREATMENT OF SUBJECT MATTER
30 points: QUALITY AND PRESENTATION

12. SCENIC: Must be a photo of a honeybee yard, truck transporting bees, installing packages, doing a hive check, beehive removal, swarm trap, or other bee activity.

13. PORTRAIT: Must be a portrait of a person, or group of people doing something involving beekeeping.

14. CLOSE UP: Must be a close up of a bee or bees (anywhere).

15. BEEKEEPING GADGETS: Beekeeping gadgets accompanied with written description of the use and function of the gadget. Exhibitors’ names must not be shown.
25 points: EXPLANATORY TEXT
35 Points: PRACTICALITY
15 points: EASE OF REPRODUCTION
10 points: HELP TO BEEKEEPING
15 points: ORGINALITY

16. CANDLES: You must submit 3 identical candles. Candles will be judged on cleanliness and uniformity in size and shape. Candles must have a flat base and will be displayed upright. Wicks must be trimmed to 10mm in length.
35 points: CLEANLINESS/ORGINALITY
20 points: UNIFORMITY OF APPEARANCE
15 points: COLOR
15 points: AROMA
15 points: ABSENCE OF CRACKS & SHRINKAGE

17. Deep 10 Frame Super Art Contest: An artistic design of your imagination painted on a deep super 10 frame box. Only the outside of the box will be judged. Do not paint the inside.
25 points: ARTISTIC MERIT
25 points: ORIGINALITY
25 points: SKILL INVOLVED
25 points: DESIGN

18. Short Film “What I Love About Beekeeping!”:
1.) The film must not run longer than two (2) minutes, including title and credits.
2.) The film must be submitted on a USB drive.
3.) By entering this Texas Honey Show category, you will be giving the rights to have your film posted on any TBA Website, Facebook page, or advertisement. Your video may also be aired at any TBA event such as the “Summer Clinic” and “Fall Convention”.
35 points: COMPOSITION
35 points: TREATMENT OF SUBJECT MATTER
30 points: QUALITY AND PRESENTATION

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