American Honey Queen Program

American Honey Queen Program

Educating and advocating for beekeepers and United States honey consumption for more then 60 years.

Our Spokespeople

2024 American Honey Queen Kaelyn Sumner

American Honey Queen Kaelyn Sumner is the daughter of Robert and Traci Sumner of Cecil, Wisconsin. She is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Agricultural Education with minors in Food Science and Entomology. Kaelyn's interest in beekeeping began in FFA, where she has been nationally recognized for her specialty animal production project and her agriscience fair research. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, beadwork, spending time outdoors, baking, and learning more about honeybees.

2024 American Honey Princess Lainey Bell

American Honey Princess Lainey Bell is the daughter of Cindy and Chad Bell of Winslow, Maine. She is a freshman at the University of Southern Maine, where she studies political science and is part of the accelerated pathway program with the Maine School of Law. She is a goalie for the University of Southern Maine field hockey team. Lainey became interested in beekeeping when she began working at a local honey farm at the age of 15. In her free time, she enjoys researching and reading about politics, watching football, lifting weights, and spending time with her family and dog.

Our Goal

The beekeeping industry connects with the lives of every person in the United States. Our goal is to share these connections and why our industry is interesting and unique. We visit schools, fairs and civic organizations, and speak with the media through radio, television and newspaper interviews, all with the goal of advocating for the amazing honey bee and striving to teach consumers about the beauty, versatility, and amazing properties of United States honey.  We strive to increase consumption of honey throughout the United States!

The Honey Queen and Honey Princess share their knowledge in the areas of pollination of our nation’s crops and how dependent we are on the honey bee for agriculture, how honey is a healthy substitute for sugar, and how honey also extends the shelf life of baked products and adds that extra special something, like taste or texture. Our spokespeople bring interaction and engagement to their presentations, such as demonstrating the use of honey through demonstrations or explaining the various parts of the hive. 

These presentations can be adapted for any and all ages and interests, from seniors groups, retail stores, conventions for homemakers, FHA, FFA and the list goes on. 

Kids can learn more about honey bees and beekeeping from the current Honey Queen and Honey Princess by visiting their website:


Schedule a Honey Queen or Honey Princess Visit

To arrange for the American Honey Queen or Princess to visit your area, contact American Honey Queen Program Committee Chair Anna Kettlewell at 414-545-5514 or Please include details about the date(s), type of promotion and any other possible media exposure and other activities planned for the visit.

Click here for additional information regarding program sponsor and host family requirements.


Apply for the American Honey Queen Position

The American Honey Queen Program is inviting women throughout the nation to apply for the 2025 spokesperson positions.

For women who are presently serving as state and local honey queens, full application packets will be sent to coordinators in August 2024.  

For those women in states without an active honey queen program wishing to apply, click here for the interest form

For the detailed position description, click here.


Support Us

The American Honey Queen Program is dependent on financial gifts to complete our important work. 90% of the funds donated to the Program directly support the work of the Queen and Princess, with a very small amount going to administrative needs. No funds are used for salaries as this program is completely volunteer run. Will you support our work?


Honey Queen Recipe Brochures

Honey Queen recipe brochures are sent for free to organizations and groups that host the Honey Queen or Honey Princess. If you wish to have recipe brochures for your promotions but cannot host the Honey Queen or Honey Princess, you may purchase brochures at a cost of $10 per 100 brochures, plus shipping charges. Click here to view 2024 Honey Queen recipe brochure in PDF format.

To order brochures, please contact:

Tami Kuehl
P.O. Box 220
Loup City, NE 68853
Phone: 308-745-0154