Minnesota Honey Queen Program

The Minnesota Honey Queen (MHQ) is the chief promoter of honey products and the beekeeping industry in Minnesota. It is a yearlong position, beginning with coronation at the Minnesota Honey Producers Association (MHPA) Winter Meeting and ending with the coronation of a new Queen at the same event one year later. When a young woman enters the MHQ competition, it is an affirmation of her commitment of time and effort to the position of MHQ.

These guidelines are meant to serve as a rule-of-thumb as to what is expected by both the Honey Queen and the Minnesota Honey Queen Program Co-Chairpersons (Kaye Olson & Angie Lundeen). The MHQ program is under the direction of the Minnesota Honey Producers Association. The program is governed by the Minnesota Honey Queen Program Co-Chairpersons.

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The MHPA is very proud to congratulate the 2009 Minnesota Honey Queen, Alexa Sorenson. Alexa will be appearing at the Minnesota State Fair, farmer's markets and other promotions throughout the state during the year. Alexa will represent Minnesota at the National Beekeepers Convention in January in Florida. Alexa will give school presentations to help educate the public on the importance of the honey bee to our food supply.

Former MN Honey QueensFormer Honey Queens

2006 - Kelly Tjepkes
2001 - Maritina Carlson
2000 - Chan da (Bordelon) Hassemer
1999 - Angie (Olson) Lundeen
1995 - Allyson (Nordwall) Ellingson
1993 - Lisa (Terry) Moorhouse
1992 - Carolyn Kochis
1991 - Jennifer (Grissom) Beckerman
1988 - Mary (Mauson) Hodson
1986 - Lisa (Smith) Dreyer
1985 - Chris (Madson) Warner
1984 - Lori Brekke
1983 - Jennifer (Riedel) Pauly, Queen
1983 - Brenda (Berg) Johnson, Princess
1982 - Perian (Norskov) Stavrum
1981 - Kari (Olson) Boyce
1980 - Mary Rumppe


2011 American Honey Princess Visited Minnesota

Allison Adams, the 2011 American Honey Princess, visited Minnesota August 29-September 4, 2011.  She made appearances at the Minnesota State Fair with the Minnesota Honey Producers Association during her stay, speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to Minnesota agriculture, and shared information about honey’s versatility in and out of the kitchen. 

Allison is the 20-year-old daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams of Plano, TX.  She currently teaches art to elementary and high school students.  She began beekeeping six years ago through a youth scholarship program in a local beekeeping organization.  

As the 2011 American Honey Princess, Allison 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 Princess Allison will travel throughout the United States during her year-long reign.  Prior to being selected as the American Honey Princess, Allison served as the 2010 Texas Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.


Alexa Sorenson - 2009 Honey Queen

~ 2009 MN Honey Queen ~
Alexa Sorenson


MN Honey Queen Program Information

  • Brochure
  • Application
  • Overview
  • American Honey Queen Contest Rules


Allison Adams

~ 2011 American Honey Princess ~
Allison Adams