Tuesday, March 31, 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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When is the festival?

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!

How did the festival begin?

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.

Why so many Maple trees in a row?

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.

When do you tap the trees?

DSC00002-150x150Tapping the trees in the Village usually begins around the last week in February, depending on weather condition forecasts.

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How many buckets can a tree have?

Depending on the size of the tree, they hold up to 3 or 4 pails.

How long does it take to fill a bucket hanging on a tree?

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.

Who does all the work?

DSC00040 edit-150x150Volunteers have always been the backbone of the festival. Volunteers donate their time, energy, and talents to making each Syrup Festival a success!

We would like to thank all the volunteers that have donated their time both past and present to this annual event.

How much sap does it take to make 1 gallon of syrup?

Maple-Syrup-Festival- 02-237x300Depending on the sugar content of the sap, it is usually between 40 – 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Syrup is required to measure 32 specific gravity to be syrup.