Royal Show: KZN beekeeper triumphs

2008-05-28 00:00

PAUL Clarkson of Botha’s Hill walked away with the lion’s share of the trophies in this year’s honey competitions in the apiarian section of the Royal Agricultural Show.

He won the C. S. Hayter Memorial Cup, which is presented by the beekeepers all over the country as a perpetual floating trophy for the most points in classes one to 16; the Merrick Cup, which was re-presented by the late C. S. Hayter as a floating trophy for the most points in classes one to 18; the Basil Tucker Memorial Floating Trophy for the KwaZulu-Natal beekeeper registered with the KwaZulu-Natal Bee Farmers’ Association who scored the most points in classes one to 18; and the Resden Floating Trophy, presented by Resden Honey Farms, for the most points in the comb honey classes (13 to 15), exhibited by a KwaZulu-Natal beekeeper who is registered with the KwaZulu-Natal Bee Farmers’ Association.

Clarkson’s father and mentor, Owen, was on hand to see his son’s triumph.

Other winners on the night included:

• Morné Rabe of New Germany, who won the novice trophy and an unassembled beehive from S. M. McGladdery;

• William Urquhart, who won the champion bottle, the Royal Show Medallion and the Kearsley Cup; and

• Mike Thacker, who won the Papadopoulos Trophy, which is made out of pure copper from Zimbabwe and Zambia, for the most points in classes nine to 11.

Commenting on the entries this year, judge Andy Worrall said: “Sadly, once again, the classes were poorly supported but from all accounts the achievement lies in the fact that there were enough entries to put on show.

“A late starting honey flow plus other circumstances explain why there was such a shortage.

“May I extend my congratulations to those who did come through. These beekeepers are obviously truly skilled in their art to produce sufficient honey and wax to compete on the show.

“The standard of entries, once again, was very high with obvious improvements, I trust after constructive criticism made in the judges’ feedback after last year’s show. Shallow frames entered this year were all worthy of a first prize.”

You can see the prize-winning honey in the Honey Hall at the showgrounds. Built in 1988, the hall, run by the KwaZulu-Natal Bee Farmers’ Association on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), has undergone a revamp.

Justine Herd, chairman of the Aparian committee, said: “The Honey Hall at the Royal Showgrounds has undergone a complete make-over, thanks to the RAS carpenter who fixed the ceiling and the A team, William, Tracey and Phil, who painted and installed the new lighting.”

He also thanked all those who submitted entries for the 2008 competition and hoped that with a rejuvenated Honey Hall, more beekeepers would be encouraged to enter next year.

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