MEYERSDALE, Pa. — The sweet goodness of Somerset County maple syrup will be on display at the 75th Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival.
Billed as the sweetest festival in Pennsylvania, the event will take place April 23-24 and April 27-May 1 at venues around Meyersdale.
Many activities will center on Maple Festival Park on Meyers Avenue, with its historic Meyers Estate, antique doctor’s office, cobbler’s shop and country store.
“It’s a big draw and brings people into our community, so not only is it good for tourism and our businesses, but people get to know the city and it brings community involvement,” said Susan Decker. , director and treasurer of the festival. Board of Directors.
“We always say we’re the first festival of the year, so now people are tired of winter and being cooped up and ready to go outside. A lot of our events are outdoors, you’re so in the sun and fresh air, exercising along with history and education.
To celebrate the anniversary of the festival, a special concert will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. with Dean Cramer and So Low.
“It’s an outdoor concert at Festival Park, and it’s something we’ve never done in conjunction with the festival,” Decker said.
“There will also be vendors and food trucks.”
Those who visit the festival’s sugar camp will learn how to tap a tree, boil sap in syrup, watch a sugar, bake sugar cakes, and swirl spotza, a clear taffy formed when syrup maple syrup boiled at a soft stage is poured over crushed ice.
“The Legend of Magic Water,” a pageant that tells the story of the discovery of maple syrup and the story of Meyersdale through song, dance, and storytelling, will be performed at Morguen Toole Co., 130 Center St.
A trip to the festival wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Meyersdale Lions Club pancake shack, where pancakes are topped with Somerset County maple syrup and served with sausage.
Pancakes will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April 27 to 29.
The festival’s Sit & Sip Garden will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at Festival Park.
Attendees can enjoy tastings from local breweries, distilleries and wineries. Admission is $10 and photo ID is required.
On April 24, a show of trucks, motorcycles, side-by-side vehicles and ATVs will be presented on Main and Center streets.
New this year will be a festival car cruise on April 28 that will take place around Monument Square.
The grand parade will begin at 1 p.m. on April 30 and will feature marching bands, floats, dance groups, rescue trucks and horses.
On May 1, the 59th Annual Antique Auto Show and 38th Annual Street Rod and Classic Auto Show will be held on Main and Center streets. It will include Model T and Model A Fords, classic cars and trucks from different years, and muscle cars.
Shows will be presented throughout the festival on an outdoor stage in the park.
In addition, there will be food vendors, arts and crafts displays, the coronation of the maple queen, a quilt show, ax throwing, an agricultural fair, a tractor display and antique farmhouses, a horse-drawn contest, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities and an 8K/5K walk/run.
“It’s a family festival, and we’re working hard to give this place the 75th it deserves,” Decker said.
She said the festival ensures that the history of the town and the maple industry will live on for generations to come.
“We want people to see the hard work that not only the volunteers and the city put into putting this festival together, but showcasing the producers and the hard work they do,” she said.
“I hope they walk away with a better appreciation and understanding of what goes into the product you buy and enjoy all year.”
Admission fees of $5 for adults and $0.75 for children 6 to 12 years old will be required to access the Maple Festival Park and the quilt show. Children 5 and under will be admitted free.
Group tours are available.
Festival pins are available for $10 for one or $15 for two and can be purchased at stores in Meyersdale and at festival headquarters. Pins will allow individuals access to the sites for the duration of the festival.
Parking is available throughout the city.
For more information and a complete list of activities, call 814-634-0213 or visit www.pamaplefestival.com.