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Monday, February 18, 2013

Life is Sweet with Vermont Maple

The dates are set for the 47th annual Vermont Maple Festival! From April 26 to 28 visitors will flock from throughout the United States (and some from other countries as well) to downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple learning, and maple fun at the end of Maple Time in Vermont.

Much of the event is free, and handicapped accessible. Among the many attractions are the Exhibit Hall, Sugarhouse Tours, Main Street Entertainment Stage, Crafts, Specialty Foods, Youth Talent , Antique, and Fiddlers’ Variety Shows, Carnival, Pancake Breakfasts, a Sap Run Road Race, Cooking Demonstrations, Contests, Face Painting, a Giant Parade, Maple Creemees, Sugar-on-Snow, Maple Cotton Candy, and much more.

From the very beginning, the Festival has been organized and run by a volunteer Board of Trustees, assisted by additional volunteers – a feature somewhat unique among events as large as the Festival.

Over the years the Festival has grown to include a wide variety of events under the theme of Vermont Maple. The events have appeal for diverse ages and interests.

The timing of the Festival is perfect for a celebration: Winter has pretty much lost its grip, the Green Mountains are “greening”, the hard work of sugaring is mostly over, there is new syrup to sample, sell and enjoy. Three days are set aside from farm chores to celebrate with family, friends and visitors.

Recent scientific information indicates that pure maple syrup contains health benefits that are not present in other sweeteners. The 2012 Vermont Maple Festival will feature the latest information.

For the sixth year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has chosen the Vermont Maple Festival as a “Top Ten Spring/Summer Event”.

Find details at www.vtmaplefestival.org.

For more information about top events in Vermont take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Vermont