Since 1958 the festival has been held the last full week of April each year. We look forward to another fun filled weekend and hope to see you there!
In the spring of 1958 the village maple trees were trimmed and folks began to notice the sidewalks were covered with sticky sap. The idea of collecting the sap and using it to make delicious maple syrup for pancake dinners as a way to raise funds to support the recreational activities and facilities for the local area was thought to be a great idea, so in the the Spring of 1959 the first syrup was produce and a festival was held.
In 1877, to celebrate the nation's centennial and to promote landscaping of the streets in the Villages of Salt River and Shepherd, residents were given a tax break for every maple tree they planted. The results of their efforts are very evident today; street after street of large shady maples that yield abundant quantities of maple sap in March and display beautifully colored leaved in the fall.
During a good "run" the sap flow in one day could be a full 4 gallon bucket or more for some taps. Other runs might produce only a gallon or so but all sap must be collected and evaporated daily.
We would like to thank all the volunteers that have donated their time both past and present to this annual event.