21st annual Maple Festival almost here

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Sun., Feb. 27, 2011
Grandpa Alex explains the process of maple sugaring to Olivia during a previous year's Hebron Maple Festival. This year's festival is scheduled for March 12 and 13. File photos by Melanie Savage.
Grandpa Alex explains the process of maple sugaring to Olivia during a previous year's Hebron Maple Festival. This year's festival is scheduled for March 12 and 13. File photos by Melanie Savage.

The 21st annual Hebron Maple Festival is almost here. What started as a simple library fundraiser has blossomed into one of the most well-attended festivals in the area, drawing thousands from Connecticut and surrounding states. This year’s festival is scheduled for March 12 and 13.

As usual, the stars of the show will be local sugar houses. Participating this year are Wenzel Sugar House, Woody Acres, Winding Brook and Pierce’s Sugar House. “It’s an opportunity to learn the art of maple sugaring,” said Wenzel. “It really is an art, and it’s an art that’s dying out.”

Wenzel has been concurrently preparing for the festival and bottling maple syrup, though production this year has been a bit slow so far. “It’s been warm, and then cold again,” said Wenzel. But there will still be demonstrations of sugaring, and plenty of sugar-related products for sale.

 

The festival offers opportunities to:

• See the Farmer’s Cow

• See maple cotton candy being made

• Tour fire apparatus

• Visit the Greyhound Adoption Agency

• View historic churches

• Go on a scavenger hunt

• Participate in letter-boxing at Burnt Hill Park

• Attend a Biobrick grill and pellet stove demo

• See “Shack Out Back” chainsaw carvers

 

For the craft-minded, the festival offers:

• Craft fair at the Gilead Church

• Country Family Soaps

• Old New England charm at the “Country Carpenters” barns, featuring: Blacksmiths crafting hand-forged items in the Village Blacksmith Shop; Woodworking demonstrations; Wood-turning demonstrations; Revolutionary War encampment demonstrations

 

For the young and the young at heart, there are:

• Birds of prey exhibitions

• Face-painting

•Temporary tattoos

• An ice cream-eating contest

 

Treats for the taste buds include:

• Pancake breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday

• Icy maple milk

• Sugar-on-snow

• Chili and hot dogs

• Homemade soup

• Maple kettle corn

• Maple cotton candy

• Maple pudding cake

• Glazed doughnuts

• Fried dough

• Girl Scout cookies

• Maple baked goods

• Traditional Jewish pastries

• Various sandwiches

 

There will also be a silent auction, drawings, and a variety of items for sale. Admission and most activities are free.

The Hebron Maple Festival brochure is available in various locations in Hebron and surrounding towns, or visit the website www.hebronmaplefest.com.


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