Sunday, April 19, 2015

Join Us April 23 - 26, 2015

pancake stackThe Festival is held the last full week of April each year. During Syrup Festival week there are numerous garage & yard sales.

Thursday night is our annual Carnival "Buddy Nite". We start the Carnival with buy one ride band and get a second ride band for half price. The Carnival rides open at 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating the our 57th Annual Maple Syrup Festival with you! 

The Village of Shepherd is located West of US 127 between Alma/St. Louis to the South and Mt. Pleasant to the North. Google Map. You may want a copy of the Village Map with event locations.

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Welcome to the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Church Service

There will be a Family Friendly Praise & Worship Service in High School Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Sunday April 26th. Everyone is welcome!

Little Red School House Museum

Chippewa River School District Little Red School House MuseumVisit the Chippewa School District Little Red School House Museum while you're enjoying yourself at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. Inside you will be transported back in time to experience how much simpler school used to be.

This little school house from 1874 has some of the original desks, pot belly stove and lesson books as well as other historic memorabilia from the period.


Petting Zoo

Cute goat wants to be pettedThe Rural Routers 4-H Club is hosting a petting zoo on Saturday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. in the yard behind the United Methodist Church on the corner of West Maple Street & Fourth Street.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts Show

QuiltShowThe Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts will be held Saturday, April 25th, from 9 am to 5 pm in the Mat Room adjacent to the Shepherd High School Gymnasium. This popular event of the Festival will showcase quilts, wall-hangings, and runners created or owned by local quilters.

Exhibitors will find the Brochure with guidelines and registration form. Deadline for entry is any time before April 15, 2015. Exhibits this year will include a special section Spring Fling 2015 Challenge.

If there are questions, please call 989-828-5415 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Run/Walk


Race Start Time is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Late Registration, Start, Finish, and Results will take place at Track & Football Complex just west of the High School. The address of the High School is 100 Hall St. Shepherd, MI 48883.

  • 10k race begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • 5k race begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • The 1/2 mile fun run will start @ 9:00 a.m. and will take place on a course that will start and finish by the track.

Visit the Syrup Festival Run/Walk website for complete details


Volunteers Needed to Assist with Pancake Dinners

Volunteers are needed for the pancake dinners which will be held during the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival on April 24 - 26. For more information, contact Kathy Edwards at (989) 854-1866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email.

Accepting Applications for participation in the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Parade

Organizations, businesses, or individuals who wish to enter a float into the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival parade are invited to enter an application between now and April 20. The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival parade will be held on April 26, 2015 starting at 2:30 p.m. and is the grand finale for the weekend-long festival.

The parade will follow a route which begins on Federal Road, runs down Wright Avenue, and then south on Chippewa Street. The application form can be downloaded here. Contact parade chair Clif Lehner at (989) 506-5728 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Download a parade application


Local Syrup Merchants

GalPlastic-225x300Delicious Shepherd Maple Syrup is available at the following local merchants:

  • Blodgett Shell & McDonalds - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Marrita's - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Mitchell's Deli - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Ric’s Food Center – Mission Street, Mt. Pleasant
  • Shepherd Bar & Restaurant – Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Shepherd Elevator – Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Shepherd Four Seasons Floral - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • The Hair Razor (John’s Barbershop)- Wright Avenue, Shepherd