Calgary (Alberta, Canada) has an annual “Aggie Days” with goat-milking, sheep-shearing, rope-making, corn-mazing, and bee-keeping on display. As our city becomes larger (about 1.2 million now) and less connected with its farming and ranching roots, it becomes almost a novelty to see farm stuff exhibited. But Aggie Days is wildly popular, even among those who have never carried the unmistakable odour of the countryside on the soles of their boots.
Several years ago, the local bee club started a big display to let city folks know a bit about commercial and hobby beekeeping in our area. Along with the cabinets of curios and yarns spun by real live beekeepers, there is also a honey competition. Judged on such qualities as ‘brightness’, viscosity, and some eight other critical elements, the best honeys are awarded ribbons. As a past chief judge, I have been involved in judging for quite a few years. The boss designation has passed on to my friend Stephen, but I am still allowed to help. Today’s posting is mostly a feature of photos taken during our judging process. Enjoy!