Honey Queen

I am Maia Jaycox, the 2017 American Honey Queen. I am from Iowa, and I attend Iowa State University, looking toward a biology major. I am a newly initiated member to Kappa Alpha Theta at Iowa State and I really enjoy all the opportunities it was brought me. I have been a beekeeper for about four years, and I'm really looking forward to serving the beekeeping industry this year.

As the American Honey Queen, I am a spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation, the national organization for beekeepers. I travel across the United States promoting beekeeping, educating the public, and representing the over 200,000 beekeepers in the United States. The American Honey Princess, Hope Pettibon, and I are working very hard this year to promote honey, and we would love to be able to come talk at your school or other special events! I'd love to answer any questions you have about honeybees or beekeeping. Simply submit your question under the Questions tab of the blog or email me at buzzingacrossamerica@gmail.com.

Where in America is Queen Maia?
February 1-7 – Wisconsin (American Honey Queen training/media training/school visits)
February 17-19 – Minnesota (Pheasant Fest)
March 3-5 – Minnesota (University of Minnesota Beekeeping Course)
March 9-11 – Florida (Florida Bee College)
March 12-16 – Connecticut (Ag Day at the Capitol and community presentations)
March 17-19 – Wyoming (Wyoming Bee College)
April 10 – Iowa (Sorority presentation)
April 24 – Iowa (local school)
May 9-11 – Iowa (local schools and government meeting)
May 15 – Iowa (local school)
May 17 – Iowa (local school)
May 18-21 – Texas (Pasadena Strawberry Festival)
May 22-25 – Illinois (schools and community presentations)
June 5 – Iowa (city council)
June 7-12 – Connecticut (Minor league baseball promotion and community presentations)
June 16-26 – Ohio (Pollinator Week events)
July 7-9 – Kansas (media training)
July 15 – Iowa (Iowa Honey Producer Field Day)
July 18 – Illinois (John Deere presentation)
July 26-31 – Ohio (Ohio State Fair)
August 3-10 – Washington (Clark County Fair)
August 11-16 – Iowa (Iowa State Fair)
August 17-22 – Kentucky (Kentucky State Fair)
August 23-26 – New York (New York State Fair)
August 28-September 4 -Nebraska (Nebraska State Fair)
September 5-11 – California (Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival)
September 29-October 6 – Massachusetts (Topsfield Fair)
October 6-8 – Maryland (Oregon Ridge Nature Center Honey Harvest Fest)
October 9-14 – Georgia National Fair
October 15-22 – Montana (Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) and state beekeeping convention)
October 23-28 – Florida (Fort Lauderdale area school and community presentations)
October 29-November 5 – Wisconsin (school and community visits and state beekeeping convention)
November 10-11 – Iowa (State beekeeping convention)
November 14-18 – Florida (Orlando area school and community presentations)
November 21 – Iowa (local Kiwanis Club)
December 6-11 – Wisconsin/Illinois (community presentations)
January 9-14 – Nevada (American Beekeeping Federation convention)


  1. Hi! I didn't happen to see the Texas State Fair on your itinerary, do you know if you're planning to attend this year?

    1. I will not be attending the Texas State Fair, but the American Honey Princess Hope will be! You can learn a lot from her.

  2. Hope is very educational i love her persentations in fact you and Hope are the first real queen and princess ive ever met.... well the first princess i ever met ive not met you yet you should come to california more often for now on im your biggest fans!!!!!

  3. srry i ment fan as in fan of both of you

  4. you ar soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cooool