STANDARDS FOR JUDGING MARYLAND HONEY AND OTHER HIVE PRODUCTS

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EXTRACTED HONEY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Density- water content above 18.6% disqualify
No upgrading if below 16%
20
Freedom from crystals10
cleanliness and freedom from foam30
cleanliness and neatness of container10
Accuracy of filling-Honey to the fill line just below the jar cap. In the absence of a fill line, the honey level with the bottom of the jar cap with no air gap. If multiple entries, uniformity of filling10
Flavor- Downgrade for objectional flavor and overheating. Disqualify if fermented20


CHUNK HONEY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Container- appearance and suitability10
Cleanliness-Downgrade for wax flakes, crystals, foam, foreign matter and travel stain on comb20
Density-Water content above 18.6% disqualify
no upgrading below 16%
10
Flavor- downgrade for objectionable flavor or overheating, disqualify for fermentation10
Accuracy of filling-Honey to the fill line just below the jar cap. In the absence of a fill line, the honey level with the bottom of the jar cap with no air gap. If multiple entries, uniformity of filling5
Uniformity of appearance of capping structure, color, thickness of chunk. 10
Absence of watery cappings, uncapped cells, pollen.10
Neatness and uniformity of cut- upgrade for parallel-sided cuts,downgrade for ragged edges or crushed comb.20
Amount of comb present- downgrade if less than 50%. If multiple entries, uniformity of amount.5



CUT COMB IN A PLASTIC BOX
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
container- appearance and suitability10
Uniformity of appearance;If multiple entries, uniformity of weights15
total weight of entry10
Absence of watery cappings, uncapped cells and granulation.20
Cleanliness and absence of travel stains, pollen and crushed wax20
Absence of liquid honey10
Neatness and uniformity of cut-upgrade for 4 parallel-sided cuts, Downgrade for crushed comb. 15

SQUARE OR ROUND SECTION OF COMB HONEY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Container- appearance and suitability10
Uniformity of appearance: if multple entries, uniformity of weight15
total weight of entry10
absence of uncapped cells15
absence of watery cappings, leaking cells or crushed comb15
cleanliness and absence of travel stain20
freedom from granulation and pollen15

FINELY GRANULATED HONEY (CREAMED, CRYSTALLIZED)
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Container- appearance and suitability10
fineness of crystals25
uniformity and firmness20
Cleanliness and freedom from foam15
Flavor:
a.Downgrade for objectionable flavor or overheating
b.disqualify fo fermentation
20
Accuracy of filling:Honey to the fill line just below the jar cap. In the absence of a fill line, the honey level with the bottom of the jar cap with no air gap. If multiple entries, uniformity of filling10

BULK FRAME OF COMB HONEY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Container- appearance and suitability10
Uniformity of appearance25
Absence of uncapped cells15
Absence of watery cappings, crushed comb or leaking cells 15
Cleanliness and absence of travel stains20
Freedom from granulation or pollen15

DRY POLLEN PELLETS
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Cleanliness- freedom from fine and coarse debris and dust.
Disqualify for mold or insect damage.
30
container appearance10
flavor and smell- downgrade if unnatural 20
Color and attractiveness- downgrade for old sample20
Dryness- pellets should not stick together when pinched20

PROCESSED PROPOLIS
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Cleanliness (freedom from wood or paint chips, wax moth cocoons or other foreign matter)30
freedom from wax and honey30
Weight minimum10
uniformity of color20
Aroma10

BLOCK OF PLAIN BEESWAX
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Color and odor (straw, canary yellow or lemon yellow desirable)
Upgrade for brilliance of yellow
30
Cleanliness: freedom from propolis, honey , impurities35
uniformity of appearance20
Freedom from cracking and blemishes15

ARTISTIC/FANCY BEESWAX
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Artistic merit: design and execution25
cleanliness of wax25
color of wax25
Effort of preparation25

CANDLES-MOLDED
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
cleanliness of wax25
color of wax25
appearance of candle: uniformity of diameter and height15
__Freedom from imperfections15
__Finishing details: Flat base15
__Finishing details:Uniform, trimmed, wax-coated wicks10

HAND-DIPPED CANDLES
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
cleanliness of wax25
color of wax25
appearance of candle: uniformity of diameter and height15
__Freedom from imperfections15
__Finishing details: Final drip15
__Finishing details: uniform wax-coated wicks unless joined as a pair.10

PAIR OF ROLLED BEESWAX CANDLES
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Cleanliness of wax:
freedom from adhering dust and debris.
If not commercial foundation- freedom from impurities
15
effort and design- artistic merit25
Consistency of work:
Height and diameter, neatness and uniformity
If tapered or straight sided, evenness
25
Details:
Freedom from imperfections and damage __20
Flat base with no protruding wick__5
wicks: 1/2 inch trimmed, waxed, unless joined as a pair__5
Seams, neat and flush Unless flared__5
35

PHOTOGRAPHY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Composition35
Treatment of subject matter35
Quality and presentation30

MEAD
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Bottle5
Closure5
Clarity 20
color15
Taste20
body15
Bouquet20

PRODUCTS CONTAINING BEESWAX
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Originality10
Effort in preparation- downgrade for yearly repetition 30
Value of product to consumer30
Quality of product30

PRODUCTS/ BYPRODUCTS OF THE HIVE
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Product or by- product of the hive25
Effort in preparation- downgrade for yearly repetition 25
Value of product to consumer25
Quality of product25

GIFT PACK
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Originality and Creativity 20
Value of product to the consumer20
quality of products20
Effort in preparation20
Commercial appearance and appeal20

ARTS & CRAFTS
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Originality and creativity25
Effort of preparation of entry25
Bee relationship25
Attractiveness and professional appearance25

EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Public Appeal20
Attractiveness and professional appearance20
Educational value20
Time and effort of exhibitor20
Originality- Downgrade for yearly repitition20

BEEKEEPING DISPLAY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Public appeal20
Attractiveness20
Educational value20
Variety and quality of bee products20
Originality- downgrade for yearly repetition 20

ANY OTHER ENTRY
ATTRIBUTE POINTS
Product or by- product of the hive25
Effort in preparation- downgrade for yearly repetition 25
Value of product to consumer25
Quality of product25
Disqualify for repetition of entry by exhibitor in another class