Maia Jaycox, the 2017 American Honey Queen, will visit Columbus, OH July 26-August 3. She will make appearances at the Ohio State Fair during her stay, speaking to fairgoers about importance of honeybees to the public’s daily lives and how the diverse flightpath of honeybees extends from food to fiber. And on Saturday, July 29th she will be at the Clintonville Farmers' Market! Please plan on stopping by the market information booth to visit her and see an observation hive. Maia will be reading bee-related stories to kids at 9:30 and 10:30 am.
Maia is the 19-year-old daughter of Scott and Juli Jaycox of Webster City, IA. She is a sophomore at Iowa State University in the open option program with an interest in biology. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Iowa State. Maia began beekeeping with her family about four years ago and currently tends to seven hives of bees.
As the 2017 American Honey Queen, Maia serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. The Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Maia will travel throughout the United States in 2017. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Maia served as the 2016 Iowa Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.