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Maple in the County planning sweet 16th celebration

County producers gathered at the Hubbs Sugarbush for a group photo include, Clifford Foster, Susan Vader, Sacha Squair, Michelle Nyman, John Nyman, John Squair (top from left): Rob Peck, Todd Vader, Ron Hubbs, Chris Armstrong, Jessie Armstrong and Justin Williams.

Prince Edward County’s Maple producers are planning a Sweet 16th celebration for the first harvest of the season.

With the sap flowing and spring around the corner, the producers are eagerly awaiting the County’s sweetest tradition – the annual Maple In The County weekend March 25-26.

This year’s 16th annual event features participation from 12 sugarbushes featuring family activities, pancake breakfasts, sugar shack tours and demonstrations, taffy, wagon rides, lumberjack shows, maple products and more.

Back by popular demand, the Picton Fire Department will be hosting its pancake breakfast at Loha Farms, a new participant, with fire trucks and equipment on display for the kids.

“We are thrilled to welcome three new sugarbushes to this year’s Maple In The County weekend,” said Ron Hubbs, Chair of the Maple Planning Committee. “The new faces at Loha, Roblins and Justins, he said, speak to the popularity of the Maple In The County event and how it’s grown and evolved over the past 16 years. This year the Masonic Lake Lodge 215 will celebrate its 40th pancake breakfast event at Hubbs Sugarbush in Ameliasburgh.

As well as being the first harvest of the year, it is also the unofficial kick-off to the County’s tourism season.

“With 12 sugarbush locations, rather than one centralized event, Maple In The County has a unique County twist on a quintessential Canadian experience,” said Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development. “By encouraging visitors and locals alike to get outside and explore the County, the Maple Syrup Producers have really tapped into something special that benefits the whole community.”

Several wineries, restaurants and local organizations are also participating with maple themed food, drink and events.

Additional free family-friendly activities include:
Public skating on Saturday, March 25 from 9am-10:30 at the Picton Arena and from noon-1:30 at the Wellington Arena, and Sunday March 26 from 1:30pm-3 at the Picton Arena.

There is also a free family movie at The Regent Theatre in Picton on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm, sponsored by Whattams Funeral Home.

 

 

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