Arts, Dining & Entertainment
March 22, 2017

After months of preparation, Poultney’s Maplefest is here

Saturday, March 25—POULTNEY—Poultney’s Maplefest takes over the town Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Look for light blue lawn signs around Poultney indicating where events will be held. Stonebridge Visitors Center opens at 8 a.m., with maps to sugarhouses and event schedules.
Start the day off with a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup donated by Green’s Sugarhouse at the United Methodist Church, Main Street, from 8-10 a.m.
Burn off those calories with the Maplefest Fun Run starting from the back of Poultney High School. This run is for everyone, including pets on a leash. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; race starts at 10 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 50 runners. Maple prizes will be awarded to the first three places in each category. Visit poultneyvt.com to pre-register.
Maple sugarhouse tours on both Saturday and Sunday will be given at Green’s Sugarhouse, Terry McCarron Maple, Marshall’s Maples, and the Wood Family Sugarhouse. Maps will be available at the Stonebridge.
Following, the Maple Prince and Princess winners will be crowned after the official tree tapping at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of Green Mountain College. Poultney’s own Maple Sugar Bear will officiate, and the winners will be given miniature Sugar Bears and maple prizes to take home.
This year’s featured event is the Maplefest Craft Fair at Poultney High School. Doors opens at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Over 30 vendors will be on hand selling local goods. The Poultney High School Class of 2022 will have a food concession in the lobby from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Poultney Historical Society will have an exhibit, speaker, and maple video at the Bentley Meeting House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Around town, find maple foods like maple fried dough, maple walnut pancakes, and maple syrup at various locations. Many shops will open at 8 a.m. with sales and specials. Cooking with Maple returns for just $5. Pre-register at poultneyvt.com.
Horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown Poultney start at 10 a.m. Maple story time at the library starts at 11 a.m., and includes songs, crafts, and a special snack.
St. Raphael’s Parish Hall on East Main Street will host a Maplefest Basket Party at 11 a.m. Drawings start at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Maplefest dinner at Young At Heart Senior Center will include maple glazed ham, maple sweet potato mash, vegetable, beverage, and a choice of desserts including maple bread pudding, 4:30-7 p.m.
For info, visit poultneyvt.com.

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