Maple Festival is April 23, 24 in Troy
TROY — Tickets are on sale now for the 40th annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival at Alparon Park in Troy, set for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maple Festival was started in 1981 to promote Maple syrup products in the area. It has always included a pancake breakfast all day with real maple syrup and real butter. There are maple demonstrations, sales of maple products and over the last few years, we have included a large variety of entertainment and many vendors. We also include a number of amusement rides for kids and adults and free entertainment. Grandstands shows including Monster Truck show and Demolition Derby.
It wouldn’t be Maple Festival without maple product and wine judging!
Maple product judging will take place on Saturday, April 23, under the grandstands in center court. Drop off your maple products from 9-11 a.m., with judging to follow. There are three classes of syrup: light/golden, medium/amber or dark. Candy size needs to be three ounces or approximately three pieces, cream needs to be three ounces.
First place is $25, second place is $15 and third place is $10.
The maple product entry form can be found online. For more information, call 570-297-3648.
Wine categories are: dry, semi-sweet and dessert. Prices are $25/first place, $15/second place and $10/third place. Drop off your entry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at exhibit hall 1 Sunday, April 24. Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. Register online or by calling 570-297-3648.
The car and bike show will take place on Sunday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lower meadow (follow gate 3 entrance to end of the road). Prizes for this event will be drawn on the hour. There is no entry fee. Driver and one passenger receive free admission.
Aaron Kelly will perform at the Maple Festival again this year. Kelly will perform on Saturday, April 23, at 1 and 4 p.m. at the lower meadow pavilion stage.
Pennsylvania Native Aaron Kelly is a singer-Songwriter Best known for his run as the Youngest Artist ever to reach the Top 5 on American Idol. No stranger to national stages he’s performed on the Ellen Show, David Letterman, Wendy Williams, Good Morning America, America’s Most Talented kids, and worldwide when Aaron performed the National anthem for the Little League World series CHAMPIONSHIP Game. Aaron has Sang the national Anthem for the president when he came to Montoursville PA for a Rally. Those are Just to name a few of Aaron’s experiences on the world stage. Being a household name and appearing in many local and worldwide publications such as People Magazine, j-14 and tiger beat, among many other National and Local publications. Aaron is now traveling nationally and performing for audiences all over the world and may be coming to a town near you. Aaron is Promoting his message And supporting many wonderful causes “Changing lives One song at a time.”
Canton native Logan Route will also be performing at the Maple Festival.
Logan Route was born in the small town of Canton and now lives in Wellsboro. At the Age of 4 he fell in love with singing and then he taught himself to play the guitar and piano. Then he started performing in 2016. Logan plays mostly County Music from Classic to Modern and he really loves to connect to his audience! Logan as just spent a week in Los Angeles where he placed first with his singing in the ARTS International! You can see Logan April 24th at the Maple Festival but be sure to check out his music on all platforms.
The Mac ‘N’ Cheese Showdown will be Sunday, April 24, in the exhibit hall #1. Do you make the best mac n’ cheese? The Maple Festival is currently taking entries for the official title. The first place cash prize is $100. The second place cash prize is $50. The fee to enter will be $5. There are two categories: traditional or creative.
Tasting will be open to the public after judging. Cost is $5 for six tasting cups.
Other free entertainment includes the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile (tentatively), a charcuterie board show and the spring fling dairy goat show. The Big Pond Lions Club will be selling Oscar Meyer hot dogs.
A pancake eating contest will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. in the center court near the main office. There will be prize payouts for each age group: $25/first place, $15/second place, $10/third place.
The monster truck show will take place on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The pit party will be beforehand at 1 p.m. Prices for the event start at $12 for adults and $8 for children.
A power wheels derby will take place before the demolition derby on April 24. Tickets for this go on sale April 1.
The demolition derby will take place Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. Prices for this event will start at $8 adult and $4 for children. Prices increase $2 on April 23.
Tickets can be purchased through the box office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office is located at 436 Gate 1 lane in Troy.
Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 570-297-3648 or online at www.maplefestivalpa.com.
Gate passes presale is $5 and will increase to $6 on April 23. Ride wrist bands are $6. Gate admission includes all free shows, and the entrance to the farm museum. Children under 5 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Grandstand shows are not included in the admission fee.
More details on these prices and more can be found at www.maplefestival.com. The park will also offer camping at the event. The event will be held rain or shine.
Writing: Rachel Heitzenrater
Photography: Maple Festival
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