Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hadley Maple Fest Features Backyard Producer Contest

Hadley Maple AprilThe sweet taste of maple syrup returns to Rockwell Street in Hadley when the annual Maple in April Festival returns, April 28 and April 29th. Saturday kicks off at 8 am with pure Adirondack Maple Syrup poured over thick French toast served at Wilder’s Sugar Shack.

Artisans, crafters and food vendors will line Rockwell Street and Stony Creek Road, along with the the lil’ Sugar Dust-off Car & Truck Show. And new this year is a contest for those who have less than 150 taps and boil their own sap.

Register for the Backyard Maple Producers Syrup Tasting Contest by bringing a pint of your syrup in a glass container to Wilder’s Sugar Shack on Saturday morning.

The two day event includes family-fun activities such as amusements rides, bounce houses, face painting, farm pets, horse rides, and carnival games for the kids. Wand master Titus Grandahl will help children turn their own wooden wand and Richele Ford will introduce owls and hawks. Horse drawn wagons shuttle festival goers and there will be live music and dance performances, yoga demonstrations, child identification station, Cub Scouts’ Rain Gutter Regatta, model railroads on display, and rides aboard the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. Marty Podshock will tell about his travel book, the Adirondack 102 Club, which encourages people to visit all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks. Saturday closes with a Maple Glazed Ham Dinner at the American Legion on route 9N for $10 from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Sunday starts at 8 am with the American Legion’s Scholarship Pancake Breakfast and continues all day with family-fun activities. Two new features added at the Hadley-Smead Memorial Park on Sunday. Dogs Day at the Park, includes search-and-rescue dog demonstrations, dog agility, nail clipping, and a pet parade. At 2 pm local Church Choirs will perform on the park’s band stand. The Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Committee has two guided hikes to the restored fire tower at 10 am and noon (sign up is at their festival booth).

Artisans, crafters and food vendors line Rockwell Street and Stony Creek Road from 9 am to 3 pm.  For information about vending contact Festival Chairperson Dianne Spelter at (518) 258-9889.

The Maple in April Festival is sponsored in part by the Hadley Business Association and the Town of Hadley.

Photo from last year’s Maple in April Festival provided.

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