Success was sweet on Sunday.

At Beaver Hill Plantation in Freedom, more visitors showed up by early afternoon than over the entire "Maple Weekend" last year.

"We got slammed this morning," said Erin Wade, one of the owners, "and we ran out of ice cream" before mid-afternoon. "We had more ice cream than ever before — and more people than ever before!"

At mid-day outside Simmons & Daughters in Morrill, parked cars — on both sides of the road in some sections — stretched a half-mile along Weymouth Road and up Morey Hill Road as well. People in long lines waited outside the sugarhouse and tents to see the operation, taste samples and buy products, including lunch.

At Back Ridge Sugar House in Winterport, owner Josh Knipping reported 816 visitors by 2:30 p.m. Sunday. "Last year we had 883 over the whole weekend," he said.

Kinney's in Knox was no exception; all day long, visitors swarmed the sugarhouse as Lee Kinney and his team produced seven 40-gallon barrels of syrup (plus five the day before). "It was a late start — but a good start — this year," he said.