The folks with their hands in the air are some of the people who have never kept bees and who attended Monday's BCBA short course for new beekeepers.

The folks with their hands in the air are some of the people who have never kept bees and who attended Monday’s BCBA short course for new beekeepers.

A room full of beekeepers and potential beekeepers showed up at the Blount County Library on Monday and Tuesday for the 2015 edition of the short course for new beekeepers offered by the Blount County Beekeepers Association.

About 60 people who had never kept bees were among the more than 100 people who attended the Monday night meeting. They hear veteran beekeepers Dennis Barry and Charlie Parton talk about why you should consider keeping bees and what kind of equipment you need for it.

Rita Scruggs, a newbie beekeeper, talked about what it was like to start from scratch in beekeeping.

The room was also full on Tuesday when the audience heard Phil Fulmer, former head football coach at the University of Tennessee, talk about his experience as a new beekeeper. Others who spoke on Tuesday were Dennis Barry, Steve Adair and Jim Stovall.

The short course is the first of several events planned for new beekeepers by the BCBA this spring. Next up is the new beekeeper classes on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. A woodenware workshop is set for March 28, and a field day will be on May 2 at Charlie Parton’s farm.

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