Sugar shacks across the state opened their doors for Maine Maple Weekend March 27 and 28, with many offering free samples and demonstrations of how syrup is made.

Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March, and most sugarhouses offer events both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday was definitely the better of the two days this year, but even with drizzly rain on Sunday, diehards still headed out to enjoy the traditional event.

Last year, members of the Maine Maple Producers Association were forced to postpone the industry’s largest event until October because of the pandemic.

According to the association, the state produces more than 575,000 gallons of syrup annually, generating more than $27 million for the Maine economy and supporting more than 560 full-time and part-time jobs that generate over $17.3 million in wages.