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PA honey queen visits Ligonier Country Market Saturday

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
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2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Elena Hoffman

The 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, Elena Hoffman, will visit the Ligonier Country Market on 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Hoffman will provide information on the importance of honeybees, a beekeepers role, pollination and products from the hive while visiting the market. She will also have an observation hive of live honeybees.

Hoffman, 17, is the daughter of Brian Hoffman and Beverly Hoffman of Millmont. She is a senior at Mifflinburg Area High School. After graduation she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in pre-med.

Hoffman works with her father in their apiary, including maintaining the hives and extracting honey.

Hoffman travels throughout the state promoting the beekeeping and honey industries.

She will represent Pennsylvania in 2014 when she competes for the American Honey Queen title during the American Beekeeping Federation convention in Baton Rouge, La.

The market features more than 100 vendors offering fresh picked produce, a wide variety of flowers from annuals to perennials to fresh cut arrangements. Food booths with feature straight-from-the-farm beef, poultry and eggs, along with specialty breads, pastries and hot cooked foods, honey and maple syrup are available. Other booths offer handmade crafts including jewelry, purses, country crafts, wood items, pet items, dog treats, candles and soaps.

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