Describe your event
Every year we celebrate agriculture, nature, art, small business, the town and the art of maple syrup making. The festival has an art show, reenactments, sugar houses making syrup, music, outdoor/farming education, quilt show, dog sleds, and New England's largest tractor parade. We expect about 8000 people rain, SNOW or sunshine and everyone enjoys a multitude of maple food including maple pizza, cannolis, sundaes, baked goods, coffee, fudge, and bacon. Mr. Maple entertains while kids play.
What are the coolest, most popular features of your event?
Our tractor parade is on Sunday and is the largest tractor parade in New England. There are very old antiques and very big and cool new ones. The kids ride in hay wagons, Little Miss Maple, crowned for the event, waves to everyone, while the Maple Leaf Man entertains people with his dance. The second best is the maple syrup demonstrations by three local sugar houses with tastings for everyone.
What impact did your event make is 2020?
Our event was cancelled due to COVID. The impact was huge loss of revenue for local artists, crafters, farms, businesses. This event is a major fundraiser for hundreds of nonprofits and all suffered severe financial losses. The loss of revenue to the town and local businesses was in the thousands of dollars as about 8000 people visit us from all over New England, New York and New Jersey. We encourage and create new passions in kids and adults to enjoy local agriculture, art, history & maple.
This event brings 8000 people to a small rural community in March to celebrate farming, agriculture and maple syrup making, as well as "shop local" and support local restaurants, stores and artists/crafters. The event includes an art/craft show, maple syrup demonstrations, tractor parade, sled dog races, quilt competition, and other "country" or historic demonstrations. It brings $1000's to the local community and brings people from all over New England to enjoy the first event of the year.