Maple Fest will offer favorites, plus something new

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Mar. 4, 2013
Brianna, a RHAM Middle School eighth-grader, makes maple cotton candy at the Hebron Interfaith Human Services booth during the 2012 Hebron Maple Fest. File photos by Melanie Savage.
Brianna, a RHAM Middle School eighth-grader, makes maple cotton candy at the Hebron Interfaith Human Services booth during the 2012 Hebron Maple Fest. File photos by Melanie Savage.

It’s almost that time again. The Hebron Maple Festival takes place this year on March 9 and 10. Thousands of visitors are again expected to flock to town to take part in a diverse array of events, with an overarching theme based on maple sugaring. Participating sugar houses this year are Wenzel Sugar House, Woody Acres Sugar House and Pierce's Sugar House, where guests will be able to get a look at the syrup-making process.

There will be sugar-on-snow, maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy, maple pudding cake, and a variety of other goodies to sample. There will be a birds of prey exhibition, a silent auction, an ice-cream-eating contest, and various other fun activities. And for those in the mood for shopping, there will be various opportunities to pick up some hand-made crafts.

New this year to the Hebron Maple Festival will be a Farm Tractor Show and Parade, to be held on Sunday, March 10. The event will begin at Ted’s Supermarket on Main Street (Route 66), where the tractors will be on display starting at 11:30 a.m. Antique and working tractors are welcome (please no lawn tractors). All tractors will be subject to inspection and must be in working condition. At 1:30 p.m. the tractors will parade through the center of town, with the course to be determined by the number of tractors. The tractors will then return to Ted’s for display.

“Antique tractor parades are quite common in many areas of the rural U.S.,” said Marc Baribault, one of the organizers for the event. “Kevin McDonnell has always had the idea about integrating a tractor parade during the Maple Fest,” said Baribault. “Kevin is very active in helping us with our farm. His real expertise is a tractor mechanic. He is always making fun of me telling me that I am a typical farmer using baling twine to keep things together and running.”

Baribault said that he and McDonnell did some research and spoke to organizers of other antique tractor parades. “With time getting short we thought we would allow any tractor, old or new, to enter the parade,” he said. Baribault said that registration has been slow, but the hope is that it will pick up, and that the event can continue to grow from one year to the next. “As you know, tractors are one of the most important implements in being a farmer,” he said. “Antique tractors - whether John Deere, Farmall, Case, Oliver, Massey Ferguson, Massey Harris, David Brown - are icons in American agricultural history.”

There will be a $10 registration fee for the Farm Tractor Show and Parade, which will benefit the Hebron Maple Fest scholarship fund. For more information, contact Kevin McDonnell at kineo184@sbcglobal.net or 860-228-0578, or Marc Baribault at 860-228-0678 or briaridgefarm@sbcglobal.net.

For more information about this year’s Hebron Maple Festival, go to www.hebronmaplefest.com.


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