Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Maplefest takes place all over Poultney

Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26—POULTNEY—Head to Poultney this Saturday to experience a full day of Maplefest — it literally takes place all over town bringing Vermonters and visitors together to celebrate the maple seasons and the return of spring!  

This year’s event features a fun ride, official tree tapping, and crowning of the Maple Prince and Princess (chosen through an art contest). The event also offers a pictures with Sugar Bear, a pancake breakfast, story time, craft and food fair, Historical Society exhibit, free horse-drawn wagon rides, sugarhouse tours, maple bake sales, special foods at local restaurants, and a maple ham dinner.

Sugarhouses are open for tours Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating sugarhouses include: Greens Sugarhouse, Verlaska Farm, Marshall’s Maple, Thrall Road Maple, Mahar Maple, Miller’s Sap House, and Cuttin’ It Sweet.


8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast at the Poultney Methodist Church. The community breakfast is free, donations are accepted, and they’ll be serving until 11 a.m.

10 a.m. The Official Tree Tapping begins on the lawn at the former Green Mountain College, with a mystery guest squaring off against Poultney’s Citizen of the Year Rebecca Cook to see who can tap the tree first. Immediately afterwards, the Golden and Amber winners of the Poultney 4th Grade Art Contest will be announced and given their prizes.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides leave from the back of the former bank parking lLot, by the new Poultney Village Office. Rides are free.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. The MapleFest Craft and Food Fair will be held again at the Poultney high school gym — come see the quality crafts, delicious food, and whimsical gifts.  

10 a.m. For those of you just raring to get outside, Analog Cycles will hold its 5th annual Ride and Race event, with the ride starting at 10 a.m.,  and the race at 11 a.m. Sign up online at

11:30 a.m. Storytime at the Poultney Public Library.

12-3 p.m. The historical society will be passing out free maple cookies at the the old East Poultney Schoolhouse on East Main Street.

4:30-7 p.m. a maple ham dinner will be held at the Poultney Young At Heart Senior Center on Furnace Street. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit:

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