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Fond du Lac - Kim Kester, the 2016 American Honey Queen, will visit Fond du Lac and the surrounding area Oct. 31-Nov. 5.

Her trip is in conjunction with the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association’s annual convention at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center (625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac), from November 3-6.  During her stay, she will also visit several schools in Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Rosendale, Campbellsport, Oakfield, Ripon, and Eden, speaking about the importance of beekeeping and honeybee pollination in the State of Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

On Saturday, November 5, she will be on hand at the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association’s Kids ‘N’ Bees Expo, a hands-on learning experience for children of all ages (1-3 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Fond du Lac).  The Kids ‘N’ Bees expo is free and open to the public.

Kim is the 24-year-old daughter of Jim and Barb Kester of Nekoosa.  She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, where she double-majored in dairy science and poultry science.  She began beekeeping in 2014 and now owns six hives.  She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Agricultural Education at Iowa State University.

As the 2016 American Honey Queen, Kim serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.

The Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Princess Danielle will travel throughout the United States during her year-long reign.  Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Kim served as the 2015 Wisconsin Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.

The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country.  In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.  This amounts to nearly $15 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.

For more information on Queen Kim’s Wisconsin visit, contact Anna Kettlewell at 414-545-5514.

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