2017 SCBA Summer Conference

  • 19 Jul 2017
  • 21 Jul 2017
  • Florence Civic Center 3300 West Radio Drive Florence, SC 29501


  • You must be logged in to select this option. This is for individuals that are current SCBA members. Members are eligible to enter the photo contest and Beeswax & Honey Judging Contest.
  • You must be logged in to select this option. This is for current SCBA members bringing multi people.
    Members and their registered attendees are eligible to enter the contests.
  • This is for persons/groups that are not members of SCBA. They are welcome to participate in the contest and Friday Banquet
  • This is for persons that are not SCBA members. They are welcome to participate in the Contests and Friday Banquet.
  • This is for speakers that have been asked to speak.

Summer Beekeeper Conference 2017
Florence Civic Center
July 20-21

Summer Conference 2017 

presented by Bee Well Honey Farm 

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The SCBA Executive Officers have exciting news about the 2017 Summer Conference.  There has been a change in the Conference location and dates.  We want to reveal to you that the conference will be held at Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC.  This is an exciting location and venue.  This venue will easily hold 700+ attendees and hold many vendors.  There are plenty of hotels close by and excellent restaurants plus lots to see and do.

Then you can have fun the rest of the weekend in Florence to visit the Museums, Kayaking, Golf, Historic Sites, and all types of activities in Florence. 


Wednesday - Friday July 19-21 

Free Public Beginner Beekeeping Class, Thursday 6-7pm

Florence Civic Center
3300 West Radio Drive
Florence SC 29501 


SCBA Member $45 Individual $75 family

Non-member $65 Individual $100 family

Walk-in $65 Individual $100 Family


Honey Bee Research 

Steve Tabor Fund - Youth Education


Honey & Beeswax Judging - Entries accepted T&F 8-12

Photo Contest accepted Thursday 8-12

Our Speakers will be:

  • David Hackenberg Sr. – First one to realize CCD
  • Jennifer Berry – University of Georgia
  • Dr. Leo Sharashkin - Horizontal Hive
  • Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda – Clemson Extension
  • Phyllis Stiles – Bee City USA
  • Shane Gebauer – Brushy Mountain
  • Scott Derrick – Blythewood Bee Company
  • Chris Werner – Migratory Beekeepers Indian Summer Farms
  • Buddy May – Mentoring & Queen Rearing
  • Kerry Owen – Bee Well Honey Farm
  • Frank Licata – Soap Making
  • David Arnal – Journeyman Review & MBP Testing
  • Richard Guess & Lisa Riente – Mindful Beekeeking
Other Activities:
  • VIP Reception for all Presidents, Executive Committee & Officers, Vendors, SCBA presidents, Speakers, and Sponsors
  • Free Beekeeping Class will be held for area residents and for your family members & friends. 
  • Honey & Beeswax Judging
  • Photo Contest
  • Thursday Night Banquet

Wednesday Schedule

Vendor Set Up 8am - 5pm

Registration/Check in 1pm - 5pm

Conference Set up 8am - 5pm

Stuff Gift bags 3pm-5pm

President's Meeting 4pm

VIP Reception 6pm - 8pm

Thursday Schedule

Doors Open 7am for SCBA Staff & Vendors

Doors Open 8am -Check in & Registration

Welcome & Main Session Speakers 10am - 12:30pm

Shopping with Vendors 8:00 - 12:00

Honey, Beeswax & Photo Entries 8:00 - 12:00

Lunch 12:30pm  - 1:30pm

Main Session Speakers 1:30pm - 4:00

BreakOut Sessions A&B 4:05 - 6:00

11 Classes to choose from

Includes Master Beekeeper Program Practical

MBP Review & Testing

Public Beginner Class 5-6pm

Banquet & Keynote Speaker-David Hackenberg 7:00pm  Cost is $35 See menu below

For those that just want to see the Speaker Presentation will be allowed for viewing in Theater Style Seating (you will not be permitted to go thru the banquet line-must pay in advance for Banquet meal)

Friday Schedule

Doors Open & Coffee with Complimentary Breakfast 7am

Honey & Beeswax Entries 8-12

SCBA Business Meeting 9am

Legislative Update 9:30-9:45

Awards Ceremony 9:45

Main Sessions 10:30-12:00

Lunch 12:15pm - 1:10pm

Main Session 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Conference Ends!

Banquet Dinner is an extra Cost for $35

Beef tips with mushrooms

Herb Roasted chicken***

Apricot-Dijon Pork Loin***

Garden Salad with (gluten free) Dressing

Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Butter***

Medley of Seasonal Garden Vegetables***

Roasted Garlic Potatoes***

Strawberry Cream Cake

***Gluten Free

Lodging - Special Beekeeper's Rate $119 

Courtyard Suites 2680 Hospitality Blvd, Florence, SC 29501  843.662.7066 www.Marriott.com/flocy

Springhill Suites by Marriott 2670 Hospitality Blvd, Florence, SC 29501  843.317.9050 www.Marriott.com/Florence

Fairfield Inn 501 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC 29501  (843) 665-4488 

We are excited about the changes because this facility will be a great place to spread out and have a buzzn good time.  It is also important to note that for consideration to host EAS in 2020 this facility will be an excellent venue.  EAS features the top speakers & teachers in the world.  Consider attending EAS this year.  For more information go to EAS

The address for Florence Civic Center is:

Florence Civic Center
3300 West Radio Drive
Florence, SC 29501

The Executive Officers hope you will make plans now to attend this great speaker line up and come be a part of the 2017 Summer Conference.

Vendor & Sponsors are pre-registering now....click here.

Thank You, 

Steve McNeely - SCBA President

Kerry Owen - SCBA President Elect

Dwight Porter - SCBA Vice President


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