Maple Syrup Festival returning to Williams County


The Maple Syrup Festival returns this year on Saturday, March 26. The fun begins at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier, Ohio. Attendees can see a sugar shack in operation, enjoy pancakes with pure maple syrup, and educational and fun activities.

Events start at 8 a.m. and continue until noon. Pancakes and sausage prepared by the Williams County Fair Foundation and Williams County Pork Producers topped with pure maple syrup provided by the Northwest Ohio Maple Syrup Producers will be served in the Gillette Building starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be two serving lines to better serve those attending at both the east and west entrances. Handicap parking will be available on the west side of the Gillette Building.

Horse-drawn wagons (weather permitting) and tractor-drawn wagons 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 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 fresh-spun maple cotton candy, maple candy, and other maple products. Fresh popped kettle corn will be available to purchase from Poppin’ George.

Returning this year from the Ohio Division of Wildlife will be an inflatable BB gun range and an archery range.

There will also be a portable sawmill demonstration by King Lumber. Talk with representatives from the Northwest Ohio Woodland Owners Association and Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter and see samples of native hardwoods and more.

Daniel Bartlett with the Ohio Division of Forestry will be found at the Williams Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale and can answer forestry questions.

Talk with Tim Sanders, a local taxidermist, and Joe Blosser, hunter and trapper, and see their magnificent exhibits of pelts and animal mounts. Events will also include learning everything about bees and beekeeping from Bethany Carlson, seeing and touching live reptiles and amphibians with Mic Runyon, learning about wildlife and local programs from the Division of Wildlife. Ask Mark Witt, Division of Wildlife Private Lands Biologist, your questions, get updates on the restoration and hunting of wild turkeys from Jim Leffel, National Wild Turkey Federation, and talk with members from Pheasants Forever and the Black Swamp Beekeepers Association about everything bees including honeybee knowledge, planting for pollinators, healthy colonies & more.

New this year will be Axcapades from Edgerton. Attendees can try out axe throwing. There is a fee.

Representatives from the Williams County Master Gardeners and Montpelier Tree Commission will have educational displays and be available to answer questions.

There is no charge for the events or entry to the fairgrounds. There is only a charge for the breakfast, axe throwing, and products purchased.

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 of Williams County.

If you would like more information, contact the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-636-9395 or visit northwestohiomaplesyrupproducers.com.