2023 Thurston County Fair – Volunteers for Bee Booth

  • Sign up and volunteer!
  • You do not need to be an expert beekeeper. You are welcome to bring your kids to help too.
  • Volunteers get admission covered by the Association.
  • July 26-30
  • Shifts vary from day to day but are typically 3 to 4 hours long. Specific shifts are noted on the sign up form.
  • To see current sign ups please open this spreadsheet. You will be able to see the places we do not have volunteers.

February Meeting – Choosing the right hive type

Next Meeting?

Debra Langley-Boyer, Choosing the right Hive type

Monday, February 13th, 2023, 6pm to 8pm

To join virtually use:



Swantown Inn, The Grand Victorian Ballroom

1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia WA

(Get Directions)


Swantown Inn has limited car park space, but plenty of parking around the corner on Central. Only park up the drive if you have mobility issues. Please follow directions of parking attendant.


6:00-6:30 pm – General Business, Officer and Chair reports

6:30-7:30 pm – Guest Speaker, with discussion.

Presentation outline:
• Introduction
• What bees need
• What Beekeepers need and want
• Short look at variety of hives
• Langstroth -AZ – Top Bar
• Warre – Cathedral -Layens
• Others -Apimaye, Flow
• Some Questions during talk
• Pros and Cons of each hive

7:30-8:00 pm – Social Gathering, feel free to bring a dessert, drink or the like. Bonus if it is honey related (Mead or Honey Baked items).

September Member Meeting

Murder Hornets! Did we get your attention?


Thurston County Fairgrounds

3054 Carpenter Rd SE

Lacey, WA 98503 


Monday September 12th 2022

Heritage Hall – It’s the main building to the right, as you enter the main gate.

Guest speaker:  Cassie Cichorz from Washington Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection-Pest Program for an update on the Northern (Asian) Giant Hornet. 

See their website for the latest:  https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets/citizen-science/adopt-a-wasp

Fall 2022 Apprentice Class

NOTE: The Fall Apprenticeship Class is now full. Class starts September 21st. You should have received an email from education@olympiabeekeepers.org

If you are somewhat new to beekeeping, want to start beekeeping, or want to refresh your knowledge and skills about beekeeping, the Apprentice Level course is for you!

This course will be held on Zoom from September 21 through November 16, Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. A hands-on and in-person session will be scheduled during the course as well. 

The course fee is $35, which includes a $10 tuition and $25 for a 2022 membership to Olympia Beekeepers Association. 

Bee Booth – Thurston County Fair

We still need more volunteers for the association’s Bee Booth.

Shifts are 4 hours. It includes admission to the fair. Note that we are not picky volunteers can cross over standard shifts. Email vicepresident@olympiabeekeepers.org to get yourself added to the schedule.

Wednesday 27th July

10-2pm: Nathan Allan and Family

2-6pm: Pam Binder

6-9pm: David Bruun

Fair closes at 9 pm

Thursday 28th July

10-2pm: Steven Walker and Family

Pam Binder (1:00 – 4:00)

2-6pm: Jeff & Jennifer Simmons

6-9pm: Stefanie Booth

Fair closes at 9 pm

Friday 29th July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Tam Clark

6-10pm: Pam Binder, Jennifer Harte (New Member)
Fair closes at 10 pm

Saturday 30th July

10-2pm: Lisa Borchert + Hub (New Member)

George and Jess (12-4pm)

2pm -6pm: Nicholas Peters (New Member)

6-10pm: Doug Stolhand
Fair closes at 10pm

Sunday 31st July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Doug Stolhand

6-8pm: Pam Binder
Fair closes at 8 pm