On November 2 Kent Pegorsch was honored as WHPA’s 2019 Beekeeper of the Year at the annual Fall Convention in Fond du Lac, WI. Kent is the current WHPA President and also serves as a Director for the American Beekeeping Federation. He owns and operates Dancing Bear Apiary in Waupaca, WI and is an active member of the Waupaca County Beekeepers. Kent started beekeeping back in the mid-1970s and it quickly became a passion. In Wisconsin, he is extremely active in promoting the WHPA, as well as honey and beekeeping in general through presentations at local meetings, television, radio and print interviews. He is a great advocate with our state legislators, working for the interests of the WHPA and not shying away from complicated issues that are important to Wisconsin beekeepers.

Internally, he has worked to make WHPA committees active, strong, and engaged. He led an update of the Constitution & By-Laws to make sure the organization continues to be dynamic and relevant in the years to come. Kent has also has traveled to Nicaragua several times with the Nicaragua Bee Project to promote and teach beekeeping as an economic development tool to improve the lives of fellow beekeepers. In everything he does he is thorough, fair and balanced, always looking first to the interests of the WHPA and the diverse membership. Congratulations Kent!