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Beekeeping topic of Spring Symposium

Beekeeping will be a featured topic at the 8th Annual Spring Symposium presented by Purdue Master Gardeners of LaGrange County from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Shipshewana Event Center, 760 S. VanBuren St. in Shipshewana.

David Traylor will cover hive history and explain langstroth and top bar hives. Traylor is the owner of Knob Haven Honey and has been a beekeeper since 2010. He is a graduate of Indiana Beekeeping School and a graduate of a Purdue University course on queen rearing.  He is a member of the Indiana and Michiana Beekeepers Associations. He is a retired financial executive, having been CFO of Weaver Popcorn, Vera Bradley, White Industries, and director of financial planning for Snap-On Tools.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “March Into Spring 2014.  In addition to Traylor’s presentation, the day’s program also includes “Herbs and Aromatherapy,” “Organic Gardening,” and “Native Plantings.”

Area vendors will be on hand with a variety of products and services, and a silent auction will also be featured with a variety of items waiting for bids. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Registration fee for the day includes morning refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is Saturday, March 15.  Program flyers including reservation forms are available via e-mail by request to vwirick@embarqmail. com or at Purdue Extension, County Office Building, 114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN 46761, 260-499-6334. 

Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Maxine Troyer at 260-768-4231 or e-mail