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Maine Maple Weekend is sweet, despite wet weather

By Fran Gonzalez | Mar 29, 2021
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez A good crowd turns out at Simmons and Daughters Sugar House March 28, despite raw weather.

Morrill — 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.

Stoking up the evaporator at Simmons and Daughters Sugar House March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
One of the several booths at Simmons and Daughters Sugar House March 28 selling everything from cheese, hot dogs and salsa to kettle corn, as shown here. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Simmons and Daughters Sugar House March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
WABI weatherman Todd Simcox and his wife Lena, pose at the "Todd's Salsa" booth at Simmons and Daughters Sugar House March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Steam rises up and escapes from the top of the sugar house at Simmons and Daughters in Morrill March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Something magical happens when you mix vanilla ice cream with warm maple syrup. Here, samples are given out at Simmons and Daughters Sugar House in Morrill March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A warm reception as one enters Kinney's Sugarhouse in Knox March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Maple syrup in the form of a smiling ginger bread man at Kinney's Sugarhouse March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Making cotton candy is sticky business at Kinney's Sugarhouse March 28 in Knox. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Syrup talk at Sweet Freedom Maple Syrup on North Palermo Road in Freedom March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The "machine" at Sweet Freedom Maple Syrup on North Palermo Road in Freedom March 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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