Just Putting It Out There…..Maple Sugaring Festival

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day! What better way, than showing  our appreciation for something amazing and sweet that the Earth provides for us…..Maple Syrup!!!!

Maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. The practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods.  The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about 5.5 percent of the global supply-“Wikipedia“.

Did you know that Ohio is a large producer of  Maple syrup?  Ohio doesn’t have the sweet reputation of, say, Vermont, but it’s still one of the leading producers of maple syrup.  Few promises of the coming spring are as sweet as that of maple syrup.  And Ohio is one of the few places that can make that promise.

Maple syrup is produced in North America, and only in the northeastern and Great Lakes regions, where conditions are perfect for turning the sap of sugar maple trees into golden deliciousness-(Columbus, Dispatch)

“The Maple Festival was founded in 1926 in an attempt to market Ohio syrup in competition with Vermont syrup. The Geauga County News announced that Chardon was “Going to treat the general public to a good old fashioned maple sugar eat.” The Even featured free dishes of maple syrup, a sugar camp, tapped trees, and ox team gathering sap, and a maple products display. Festival Planners expected 5,000 vistors and worried over the April ice storm. Over 15,000 people attended, and now the festival is an annual tradition.-Geauga County, Maple Festival Official Website”

The 85th Annual Maple Festival begins today!

  April 24-27th

This annual event is FREE to the public and the only cost is for the rides given for family enjoyment, listed below:

Maple Festival Ride Info

Premium Events Lisko Amusements

Wristbands and individual ticket sales are available every day.

The cost for a wristband is:

• Thursday $15: 4pm to 10pm.
• Friday / Saturday: $15: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then $15: 4 p.m. to 11pm.
• Sunday: $20: 11 a.m. to 7pm.

Individual Tickets are sold for $1 each and are valid every day


FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
From the ‘Sheetz Plaza’ to the Square
Saturday – 9am to 9pm and Sunday – 9am to 6pm

Maple Festival Schedule of Events : 2014
       
    **Schedule is Weather Permitting**  
  WHEN WHAT WHERE
  4/24/2014    
  12:00 PM Official Opening Of Concessions Chardon Square
  4:00 PM Rides Open Chardon Square
  7:00 PM Barbershop Quartet & Cowboy Poetry Preston Superstore Stage
  10:00 PM Festival Closed  
       
  4/25/2014    
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Loretta Mae Holmes Maple Celebration  
  1:00 PM Paul Kovac And Friends
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  7:00 PM Big In Japan Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 PM Festival Closed  
       
  4/26/2014    
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Arts & Crafts Show Park Elementary School
  10:00 AM Invitational Lumberjack Competition North end of Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Swifty The Clown Roaming Entertainment
  11:00 AM Kiddie Tractor Pull
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 AM Jasmine Dragons
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  1:00 PM Chardon Polka Band Preston Superstore Stage
  3:00 PM
Grand Parade Grand Marshal: Aggie Sojka Sperry
Chardon Square
  4:00 PM
Introduction Of Visiting Queens & Dignitaries
Preston Superstore Stage
  5:00 PM Pancake Eating Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  7:00 PM Karaoke Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 PM Festival Closed  
       
  4/27/2014    
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  8:00 AM One Mile Sap Run Chardon Square
  8:30 AM Five Mile Sap Run Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Tug ‘O War South end of Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Arts & Crafts Show Park Elementary School
  11:00 AM Bathtub Races
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  12:00 PM Invitational Lumberjack Competition/Finals North end of Chardon Square
  12:30 PM Maple Syrup Auction Preston Superstore Stage
  1:45 PM Photo Contest Winners Preston Superstore Stage
  2:30 PM Beard & Mustache Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  3:00 PM
Grand Parade – Grand Marshal: Jeff Tanchak
Chardon Square
  4:30 PM Introduction Of Queens & Dignitaries Preston Superstore Stage
  7:00 PM
Festival Ends, See You On April 23rd, 2015!

Enjoy!

HAPPY FRREEEE HUNTING!

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