Sent my $25 in for registration but didn't make the trip....just too tired after a week's work for the drive. My mentor and his best friend made the trip (one a Master Beekeeper and both of them in their 80's). My mentor has lupus, walks with a cane, but yet works 30-50 hives a year with a gator/trailer/crane setup but they left the meeting early due to the overcrowding and lack of seating. I think they were both slightly disappointed in their first time experience in Clanton. My mentor mentioned that they were talking about having a two-day event though I think it will be hard to do a "repeat" of the first day....vendor's supplies, door prizes, dynamics of the speakers, etc.,. Hopefully it *will* work well and folks like my mentor will enjoy the meeting rather than it being an obstacle course. Good to have such a good turn-out, though, as it can only mean good things for the bees.
Butler and Crenshaw counties here in Alabama (along with some folks from Conecuh county) have recently established an association....LABA...Lower Alabama Beekeepers Association...seems our first meeting was back in October(?). We have an upcoming meeting this weekend...Saturday, Feb 14, 1pm at Antioch East Baptist Church, 2303 County Road 61, just north of Greenville, Alabama. Response has been good for the meetings with first time beekeepers along with experienced ones joining. I would say that we've been averaging around 25 people so far.