MONTPELIER – The Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Williams County will be held on Saturday, March 26. The fun begins at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier. Attendees can see a sugar shack in operation and enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup.
Events start at 8 a.m. and continue until noon in the Gillette Building with pancakes and sausage prepared by the Williams County Fair Foundation topped with real maple syrup provided by the Northwest Ohio Maple Syrup Producers. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m. and there will be 2 serving lines to better serve those attending. Handicap parking will be available on the west side of the Gillette Building. Both the east and west entrances will be open.
This year’s event will once again highlight the sugar shack. Horse drawn wagons (weather permitting) will be on hand for rides across the covered bridge to the sugar shack. The sugar shack is complete with a stainless evaporator, holding tank and filtering unit. See both the tree tapping process of gathering the sap and the boiling process in the evaporator until the sap becomes syrup.
The Northwest Ohio Maple Syrup Producers will have real maple syrup that can be purchased along with maple cotton candy, fudge and candy, and other maple products. Poppin’ George will have fresh popped ‘kettle corn’ to purchase.
John Mueller, Division of Forestry, will be available to answer all your tree and forestry questions! Ask Amy Stone, OSU Extension Educator, about the latest invasive species—What are they? What can we do? and How do we look for them.
This year a Nancy Lewis from the Sauder Village Natives & Newcomers will be available to teach how the Native Americans made sap into syrup and into a sugar block and how this affected the fur trade. Children can also experience a wigwam.
There are several other events and demonstrations planned.
The Williams Soil & Water Conservation District will have tree seedlings for sale during their annual seedling sale.
This event is being sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Maple Syrup Producers, Williams County Fair Foundation, Williams County Fair Board, Williams Soil and Water Conservation District, and The Ohio State University Extension Williams County.
If you would like more information, contact the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-636-9395 ext. 3 or 419-636-2349 Ext 3 or visit northwestohiomaplesyrupproducers.com.