For most people, getting stung by a bee sucks.
For most beekeepers, getting stung is inevitable, beecause we get sloppy and take shortcuts. (By the way, stinging is really bad for the honeybee also, as she dies.)
But stings happen, and to make them not such an awful thing, we celebrate them when it happens, and the victim becomes a Sister of the Sting—a very exclusive club.
We also track the number of stings annually, and the winner each year gets a huge trophy and $4 million (in his/her Benadryl-induced dreams.)
“Stings can usually be prevented,” according to Charlotte, winner of the competition for the last two years.
“The vast majority of mine were because I was doing stupid things (like taking the hive cover off and sticking my face in it), or equipment malfunction (like not wearing socks so bees could sting my ankles as I’m an amazon, and my bee suit is “capri” length on me). So: all preventable if I’d taken the appropriate precautions.”
2010 Sting Competition
Charlotte Hubbard: 2
Cris Rosenthal: 2
Taylor Rosenthal: 2
Becca Sonday: 1
Amber Sample: 1
The Sisters of the Sting exclusive club members include:
Shiloh the Dog
Tae the Dog