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Sarah Rushfeldt

The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association has announced that Sarah Rushfeldt has been selected as the 2012 Wisconsin Honey Queen.

Rushfeldt is the 23-year-old daughter of James and Bonnie Rushfeldt of Dresser. She is currently a junior at Crown College in St. Bonifacious, Minn., where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. A beekeeper since the age of 8, Rushfeldt now manages approximately 100 colonies of bees.

Prior to being selected as the Wisconsin Honey Queen, Rushfeldt served as the 2011 Northwestern District Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at local fairs and in schools.

Rushfeldt will spend the next year promoting the beekeeping industry in Wisconsin. She is available to speak with civic groups and appear at fairs, festivals, and farmers markets. She will also give presentations in schools about honeybees and the beekeeping industry.

In January 2013, Rushfeldt will represent Wisconsin at the American Honey Queen competition at the American Beekeeping Federation Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

To schedule an appearance with Wisconsin Honey Queen Sarah Rushfeldt, contact Becky Mehringer at 920-220-1026 or wihoneyquee All appearances are free of charge.