Watch: This person is wearing about 10,000 bees as a beard

The U of M Bee Squad's 'bee beard' is a State Fair tradition.
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The University of Minnesota Bee Squad is getting ready for the Minnesota State Fair. 

And that means practicing wearing about 10,000 honey bees like a beard. The group shared video of the practice session on Facebook Friday: 

The beard of bees is an annual tradition at the Minnesota State Fair that began in 1999, according to the Minnesota Daily

To get the beard, a cage holding the queen is hung around the participant's neck. All the other bees swarm the person's neck, creating the beard of bees.

This year's beard of bees demonstration at the Fair will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Agriculture/Horticulture Building. 

You can learn more about the bee beard process – and see videos from past years – here

The U of M Bee Squad's aims to help the community foster healthy bee populations and pollinator landscapes through its education programs – and by wearing a beard of bees. 

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