Susquehanna Life's 2017 Guide to the PA Maple Festival
Mar 01, 2017 04:39PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
The story of Meyersdale’s Maple Festival is one of growth.
From a handful of men gathered around a potbellied stove, it has come to
include literally hundreds of workers. From a crowd of 1,500 spectators, it has
become an attraction drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually.
Today, to mention Meyersdale anywhere in Pennsylvania, anywhere in the tri-state area, and still very much farther than that is to bring forth the reply, “Oh! the Maple Festival.” The Maple Festival has truly succeeded in putting Meyersdale on the map. A search for the secret of this success leads one back to the community where it all started and back to its citizens.
What you’ll see
During your visit to Festival Park you’ll discover the way country life was at the turn of the century. This complex is the heart of the festival and is located on scenic Meyers Avenue. Throughout your maple experience, you will learn how to tap a tree, make maple syrup, twirl spotza, tour the Historic Meyers Manor, see a genuine country store, learn how shoes are made at The Cobbler's Shop and make an appointment at the Doctor’s Office to see a country doctor.
Some of the other festival highlights include the Grand Feature Parade (Apr 1st at 1pm); The Pageant; The Legend of the Magic Water; the annual Antique, Street Rod & Classic Car Show; Truck & Motorcycle Show; Quilt Show; Lions Club Pancakes & Sausage; Arts & Craft Vendors. There are also period re-enactors stationed throughout much of the festival and are available to help you understand the history of the area.
Come and learn how maple syrup is made, the history behind it, and why maple syrup is the best all- natural sweetener for you.
At the festival you can: learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees and visit the Sugar Shack to see sap transformed into syrup; watch costumed interpreters demonstrate sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers; enjoy live music and storytelling; see live birds of prey and reptile shows; savor all-you-can-eat pancakes and maple syrup!
Children, ages 5 and under, FREE; Nonmembers: $10 (ages 12+) and $6 (ages 6–11); members*: $5 (ages 12+) and $3 (ages 6–11).
For more information about the PA Maple Festival, you can visit their website.
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