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Iowa Honey Queen Program

Would you like to spread the word about the wonders of honey and beekeeping? If so consider applying to be the Iowa Honey Queen or Princess.


The Iowa Honey Queen (and Princess) are the chief promoters of honey products and the beekeeping industry in Iowa. Furthermore, they are the public image of the Iowa Honey Producer Association. It is a yearlong position, beginning with coronation at the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) Annual Meeting each November and ending with the coronation of a new Queen (and Princess) at the same event one year later. Their duties are to promote the value of the honeybee,
beekeeping, and the consumption of honey. 


Royalty Program Information (pdf)


Iowa Honey Royalty Application (pdf) (Word)


For further questions and information about the Iowa Honey Producers Association Honey Royalty Program, contact
Queen Chair Connie Bronnenberg at 515.480.6076 or
Or Assistant Queen Chair Renae Beard at 515.650.0655 or


2014 Iowa Honey Queen

Gabrielle (Belle) Hemesath is the 2014 Iowa Honey Queen.  Daughter of Russell and Mary Hemesath, the 17-year-old was raised in Northeast Iowa.


Gabrielle Hemesath - 2014 Iowa Honey Queen

Belle’s love for bees began in 7th grade when she first started working at Fassbinder Apiaries.  While working, Belle is involved in maintenance, tending hives, spinning honey, bottling honey, and completing various other tasks. She most enjoys spending sunny days outside in the bee yards. Recently, Belle acquired two hives of her own which she greatly enjoys observing and working with.


Attending North Fayette Valley Community School, Belle is a very involved student. She is a representative on both the student and executive councils. In addition, Belle is an active participant in art club, business club, drill team, golf, chamber choir, and drama.


Outside of school, Belle is the president of an anti-drug group called Students Okay without Drugs and Alcohol (SODA), teaches kindergarten Sunday school, and sings in the church choir.


Belle strongly believes in the importance of honeybee pollination and the health benefits of honey. She enjoys teaching the public about bees and spreading awareness about struggles bees are fighting to survive.

Check out Belle’s blog at She will research and write about any bee/honey suggested topics.


Belle can be contacted to make appearances at
Or contact Queen Chair, Connie Bronnenberg, at or
(515) 480-6076


Belle loads extractors to spin honey


Belle loves working outside with the bees




2012 Iowa Honey Queen

Renae Beard is the 2012 Iowa Honey Queen.  Renae grew up on a farm in southern Iowa and is currently a senior at Chariton High School.  Her family includes parents Randy and Jackie Beard and younger Greg.


She became involved in beekeeping five years ago after she and her brother applied to become Bee Scholars through the Iowa Honey Producers Association Youth Mentor Program.  They currently have five hives of bees on their farm and enjoy catching local swarms.


Renae enjoys involvement in her school and community as a Student Council Representative, Talented and Gifted Member, National Honor Society Secretary, Future Business Leaders of America Reporter, Varsity Cross Country, Soccer, Chariton Challengers 4-H Club President, Lucas County 4-H Youth Council Vice President, and the Iowa State 4-H Youth Council Ambassador.


She enjoys endorsing the beekeeping industry, the value of the honeybee, and promoting the consumption of honey.  It is Renae’s hope to spread awareness about the significance of the honeybee, while helping to inspire other people to be just as passionate about honeybees and beekeeping as she is. 


Renae is available to give speeches and make appearances and is happy to help at events in any way possible.  To schedule an appearance by the Iowa Honey Queen, please contact the Queen Chair, Connie Bronnenberg at or (515) 480-6076.


Look for the Iowa Honey Queen, Renae, at one of the bee events near you! 


2012 Iowa Honey Queen Renae Beard


Renae checks on her honeybees.


There are the honeybees!