4th Annual Edinboro Maple Festival Celebrated March 15th -17th
Submitted by Allan Montgomery, Edinboro Historical Society
That little university boro in the southern part of Erie County, near the Crawford County line will be on the move once again. This time, Friday through Sunday, March 15th – 17th, the 4th Annual Edinboro Maple Festival will be “the place to be!”
Bring the kids, grandma and grandpa, Uncle Fred and Aunt Ethel and come to the boro to help celebrate the return of spring which brings about the flowing of sap and the production of some of the finest maple products in the western end of the state.
Now, in its 4th year, the Edinboro Maple Festival is held in conjunction with the NW Pennsylvania Maple Producer’s Taste and Tour. Visitors to southern Erie County and northern Crawford County can tour 15 sugar houses, see maple sap boiled down into maple syrup and taste the sweet confection straight from Mother Nature. Maps of the participating sugarhouses are available at any sugar camp and at the maple festival in downtown Edinboro. The Taste and Tour is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th.
The Maple Festival kicks off on Friday night, March 15th with a Gem City Concert Band event at Cole Memorial Auditorium. This fine acoustical hall, located at the corner of Meadville and Normal Streets on the edge of the campus of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania will be the location for this concert of march music, show tunes, and classical melodies. The concert starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Saturday morning, March 16th features a 2-mile Fun Walk/Run sponsored by the Health and Physical Education Club of EUP. Pre-registration for the walk/run is $15, $20 the day of the event. Participants will receive a ticket to the Maple Festival and a souvenir bottle of maple syrup. Registration starts at 9:00 at McComb Field House, EUP. Online registration is available at bigwhitetrailer.com or call 814-732-1437 for more information.
Enjoy pancakes, farm sausage and locally produced maple syrup, arts and crafts and live music all day long in the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Hall at 125 Meadville Street (Rt. #99 in downtown Edinboro.) Local musicians will play a variety of instruments with lots of singing and fun. Tickets to the Maple Festival are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Doors will open at 9:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. The Maple Festival will continue through both days until 3:00 PM. The Edinboro Maple Festival is sponsored by and benefits the Edinboro Area Historical Society.
Come to Edinboro and enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment, tour the local sugar houses and learn about Pennsylvania natural product, our wonderful maple syrup. For information about the Maple Festival, contact Allan Montgomery, Festival Coordinator at 814-734-3562. Go to pamaple.org/tour for information on the NW PA Maple Association’s Taste and Tour.