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Our Inside Guide To The 72nd Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival

Mar 07, 2019 03:26PM ● By Emma Eldridge

72nd Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival

March 30 & 31 and April 3-7, 2019

The Pennsylvania Maple Festival is an annual event in Meyersdale, PA, to celebrate spring, the tapping of maple syrup from local area maple trees and the heritage of this wonderful Laurel Highlands area.

This festival provides everyone with an opportunity to experience our culture, industry and commerce as it has evolved over the past 72 years.

Stand-Out Events

Grand Feature Parade

Don’t miss the Pennsylvania Maple Festival's Grand Feature Parade for 2019!

Saturday - April 6, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

One of the largest parades in the area, the Pennsylvania Maple Festival Parade is an event for everyone from ages 1 to 91.  Marching bands, floats, twirling groups, rescue trucks and lots of horses.

People from all over attend the parade weekend of the Maple Festival, and make it a yearly pilgrimage. Be sure to arrive early to the Maple City to get the best spots!

The parade route is Beachley Street (form-up at 11th Avenue) to Center Street (dispersal on Broadway Street).

THANK YOU TO OUR PARADE SPONSORS!

Clapper's Building Materials & Fox's Pizza Den of Meyersdale


Annual Quilt Show

March 30 & 31 and April 3-7, 2019

Since its establishment in 1976, the Annual Quilt Show has been a popular attraction. The Quilt Show and Quilt Boutique are open to the public throughout the Festival.

You will not want to miss seeing the beautiful displays of hand- and machine-quilted, traditional and modern quilts, wall hangings, home decorating / accessories and much more.

Each year a quilt is sponsored by a local business or member of the community for a raffle drawing. This year's raffle quilt (pictured) is in Memory of Elizabeth & Paul Werner, Sr. and Mary & John T. Kretchman. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and may be purchased at the show or prior to the festival at the Festival Office during regular business hours.

Before the start of the Maple Festival, items are judged and premium prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place items for each class. Judging of the quilts is closed to the public.  

The Quilt Show is located at: Meyersdale Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 202 Main Street - Meyersdale, PA (across the street from the Lions Pancake House in the T.G. Saylor Community Center)


Truck, Motorcycle, Side By Side & ATV Show

Sunday - March 31 , 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania Maple Festival will devote the first Sunday of the Festival to the annual Truck, Motorcycle, Side By Side & ATV Show.

There are no license plate restrictions and no inclement weather cancellations.  Also, dash plaques will be given to the first 75 registered vehicles.

  • Entrance to the Show: At Monument Square Center Street
  • Location of the Show: Main and Center Streets, Meyersdale, PA.
  • Registration: Uptown Area near traffic light between 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Registration fee: $8.00 in advance (non-refundable) or $10 the day of the show

Antique, Classic & Street Rod Auto Show

Sunday - April 7 , 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Car Show made its debut at the Pennsylvania Maple Festival in 1961 and since that time, the show has grown larger in size.  This year, the second Sunday of the Festival will be devoted to the annual Antique, Classic & Street Rod Show.

There are no license plate restrictions and no inclement weather cancellations.  Also, dash plaques will be given to the first 75 registered vehicles.

  • Entrance to the Show: At Monument Square Center Street
  • Location of the Show: Main and Center Streets, Meyersdale, PA.
  • Registration: Uptown Area near traffic light between 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Registration fee: $8.00 in advance (non-refundable) or $10.00 the day of the show, to be collected at the entrance

                          

Legend of the Magic Water

  • The Maple Festival would be incomplete without the colorful pageantry and song of "The Legend of the Magic Water".  An extraordinary production by the "Maple City Players" – a cast of over 20 local residents. To many of our visitors, The Legend of the Magic Water is a must-see – returning year after year for this production.  Tickets for the Dinner Theater can be purchased in advance by calling the Festival Office at 814-634-0213.

2019 Performance Schedule

Saturday - March 30  - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner Theater Performance (includes performance & dinner):
  • Adults: $25 per person
  • Children (ages 5 & under):  $12.50 per child
Friday - April 5 - 2:00 p.m.

Theater performance only - $5 per person

Saturday - April 6 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Dinner Theater Performance (includes performance & dinner):
    • Adults: $25 per person
    • Children (ages 5 & under): $12.50 per child

All performances are at Morguen Toole Company - 130 Center Street - Meyersdale, PA


Maple Race Run / Walk

The 5K Run or Walk and the 8K (5 mile) run are both on paved roads and streets.  

Both courses are over and back in design around the school property and towards town. Indoor restrooms, refreshments, aid stations and shelter are also available during the run/walk times.

  • When: Saturday – April 6, 2019          9:00 a.m. Both Runs 9:02 a.m. 5K Walk        
  • Where: Meyersdale Area High School - 1349 Shaw Mines Road - Meyersdale, PA
  • Entry Fees
    • $25 if received by March 21, 2019, which guarantees a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking shirt.
    • $30 after March 21, 2019 thru race day
    • Only is $15 (no long sleeve shirt)

If you are returning participant from the 2018 race and bring someone new to this year’s race, both of you will have a registration fee of $20 per person (entrants must come together).

Awards:  Top three male and female overall in each event.

Top three in the following age groups: 19-u, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (race director will divide into five year groups if appropriate).

For your registration form, click on the link below or visit PAMapleFestival.com. Complete and return along with your check (payable to PA Maple Festival) to: Gloria Miller – 13 Beachley Street – Meyersdale, PA 15552


Antique Tractor & Farm Show

Step back into yesteryear and see some of the most powerful engines used on the farm.

March 30 & 31 and April 6 & 7, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Old Business Route 219 - close to the Lions Pancake House

Want To Show-Off Your Tractor? Steam and Farm Tractors, Gas Engines, Walk-behind and Garden

Tractors are welcome.

Also, special Farm Tractor Games will be held on Sundays during the Festival.

For additional information, contact Matt - Oldtime Tractor Repair and Machine at 814-634-1867


Horse Pulling Contest

Sunday - April 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

Somerset County Fairgrounds, 7842 Mt. Davis Road -  Meyersdale, PA

In the early 1900s farmers farmed with horses - you can just visualize a farmer telling his neighbor, “I bet my horse can pull more than yours.”  Then to prove it the neighbor would take him up on that bet and soon there would be some horse pulling competition between several farmers.

Horse pulling has come a long way since the early 1900s. Although the Amish use horses to do their field work, those horses who labor on the farm for many hours a day usually don’t end up in the Pulling Arena on the week-end.  The few farmers that use their pulling stock to haul manure, mow hay or cut hay do not do this on a consistent basis.

So the sport of horse-pulling is exactly THAT—it is a sport with a team of equine athletes. The work that goes into them to get ready for competition is endless.  The best horses in competition are worked every day to keep their muscles and tendons in great shape to pull heavy loads. They are no different than a weight lifter or football player getting ready for their given sport.

Some folks that do not understand the sport think a horse pulling weighted loads is harmful to them. Only in a marathon would a horse’s heart rate and blood volume be highly affected. Ask any veterinarian! These draft animals are bred for their strength and agility to pull heavy loads. For these short distances over which they pull does not raise heart level or blood volume levels enough to affect them. They are so proud of themselves when they complete a pull. Watch them strut their stuff when they are unhitched.  

Along with this work the ration of feeding is quite important. Certainly oats are fed for energy and along with oats comes vitamins and minerals for stamina. Oh, yes, you must keep a good supply of hay on hand. A combination of hay with alfalfa for protein is best and is to be fed at least twice a day.

​The majority of pulling horses have clipped manes and most horse pullers seem to like the clipped legs, ears and hair around the muzzle for cleanliness.  The fitting of the collar, harness and bridle take quite some time. You cannot just put on any horses gear on another horse. The collar and pads need to be fit properly so as to NOT make the shoulders sore. Even after you think the equipment fits properly and you pull your horse in a collar, it may need to be changed because it may be too short or it may tip on him.

Each horse is built differently and their necks can wear different sized collars in their own way.  So now that you have figured out the science on fitting a collar, the harness and bridle get fit up as well. There is an adjustment at the harness for where the draft will set. Just believe that this can get changed periodically too. Even the belly band may be too tight and if a horse does not like that pressure, he will perform differently.  

The eveners are another scientific feat. There are holes in the doubletree on each horse’s side to be able to set a stouter horse in to pull a bit more than his partner and you can change it on every load if you need to. There are also swinging hooks or stiff hooks and without trying a little of everything, the teamster really does not know what his team will pull best with. Trial and error are the best resources. And when they get it all figured out, it is time to go pulling!  

Ah, yes, the sport itself brings together good friends and family. We look forward to meeting new faces each pulling season and seeing faces we have not seen for a while. There are always good friends with whom to mingle.


For a full listing of events, please visit www.PAMapleFestival.com


 

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