Sunday 1 May 2016

Festival of the Maples 2016

April 30th Festival featuring all things maple! It was a banner year for sap, they tell us. Our local producers, Oliver's Mapleworks, say they filled their vat three times on three different days (~2300 gallons), and had to quit, as they were worn out! This only happens once a season, in a good year! Tressa was interviewed on Lake 88 to celebrate the festival. They have some fun competitions, which help with the cause and educating new producers.

Quite a variety of booths, and lots to sample, buy or eat on the spot.

Hubby took a wrap with him, and they put the sausage in it for him. He can't have dairy, yeast or eggs and it's tricky to eat out some days. He wore his big sunglasses to protect his bruised eye, which is healing, thanks to all who commented!

Lots of groups out fundraising, as well as celebrating their ventures. Algonquin College has a great heritage masonry program!

I quite liked this swing seat! The taffy fun. The stuffed Dalmatian is amazing!

Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band, though it was hard to get a photo as everyone was in front trying to snap a shot! It's quite a lineup of events. We arrived early, 9:30, to get parking and avoid some of the crowds.

They always have the car show on Wilson St.

Our neighbour, David Oliver setting up! He's a hard working man, as well as his wife (who volunteers non-stop in town), his cousins who help them run Oliver's Mapleworks.

So, this is a hoot. I was trying to take a photo of the crowds. (See the first photo.) I looked up at the man beside me, about 6'5", I think!
I said, "It's easy for you!"
He said, "Here, give me your camera!" (His photo is the second one. I held his camera while he held mine!)
I had hubby take a photo of us, I'm 5'4"!

They were providing tours of the Studio Theatre, which runs a great season. Volunteers were dressed is snazzy hats for the promo!

The usual petting zoo

This guy sure was prepared with both camera and videocam on a tripod. I think he was just a tourist!

The OPP were there, and the kids could try the siren!

And, of course, the Tay at Stewart Park. The map, published by Lake 88, shows the streets that were closed for the event. So nice walking and not worrying about traffic!


Olga said...

What a fun festival! Happy May.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fun festival -- maple syrup is the best! I love how you make new friends everywhere you go. Glad the eye is doing well

Red said...

What a fun day. I would be on overload if I saw all this.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh my that looks fun and feel-good... do you know, I don't think I have ever tried maple syrup.. something to remedy! YAM xx

Anvilcloud said...

It looks like it was well attended once again although the weather was not as congin as the year we went. Interesting to note that the old autos were in the same spot. Glad you went and enjoyed.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fun looking festival!

William Kendall said...

It looks like it was a lot of fun. That big dog in the mix was my favourite of these shots.