The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival officially kicks off today with a full slate of events. The Flea Market, helicopter rides, and Carnival Rides continue today. In the afternoon, other events like the Pancake Dinners, Bubble Balls, and the Arts & Craft Show will open. Tonight, the day closes with an Emergency Vehicle Parade. Here is a quick run through of today’s activities.
The Shepherd Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business After Hours event on Wednesday night inside the Maple Leaf. The event featured food, beer tasting, and games, and was sponsored by Mercantile Bank. Early in the evening, Kathy Edwards was recognized for being selected to be this year’s Parade Grand Marshal, and then the winners of the Maple Leaf decorating and the Derby Hat contests were announced. Maple Leafs
Shepherd Elevator – First Place
MyTown Computer Service – Most Creative
St. Vincent Preschool – Community Spirit
Joyce Gluch – Ugliest Hat
Carrie Wilmot- Most Colorful Hat
(Tie) Summer Moeggenborg – Most Creative
(Tie) Staci Bailey – Most Creative
The Carnival Rides will open tonight, Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m. They will stay open into the late evening, although there isn’t a set time in the schedule. The cost of a wristband for Buddy Night is two for $20.
A few events will open up Thursday, but the festival is kicked off in the evening with Buddy Night. Flea Market
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Flea Market features vendors which offer a wide variety of wares. Pony Rides
Located in downtown, bring the kids for a ride. Amusement Rides
The Amusement Rides open on Thursday with Buddy Night. Wristbands are 2 for $20.
Here is a video recording of the 2017 Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Pageant courtesy of MacTV. From their feed:
On April 15th The 2017 Shepherd Maple Syrup Pageant(Shepherd Royalty Pageant) was held with Rivers McNeel being crowned Queen. Everyone did a great job and they’ll all be around at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival this weekend! Check out the entire Pageant filmed by MAC TV Network High School Co-Ops Katelyn & Kylie Hutchinson! https://vimeo.com/214678529
On April 15, Rivers McNeel was selected as the 2017 Maple Syrup Festival Queen. The following is full list. 2017 Maple Syrup Festival Queen: Rivers McNeel
1st Court: Abigail Gould
2nd Court: Katie Powell
As part of the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, competitors will put their bellies to the test on Sunday, April 30 at 9 a.m. when they compete in the Pancake Eating Contest under the tent in front of Shepherd High School. Adam McCann of Midland was the winner last year by eating 15
pancakes in eight minutes. We heard that there will be “royalty representation” at this fun event, so it is one you won’t want to miss! “Everyone is welcome,” says event coordinator Kathy Shepard. “The only thing participants need to bring is an appetite for fresh, hot-off-the-grill pancakes.”
Got some ‘Maple Syrup Festival ‘ t-shirts for sale. S-M-L-XL and 2xl. $10.00 each and 12.00 for a 2XL. Proceeds go to the FESTIVAL. T-Shirts will be available for sale at the Isabella Bank of Shepherd, and in front of the Shepherd Park.