Thousands attended the Central New York Maple Festival in Marathon over the weekend.
A tired but satisfied organizer Paige Parker called it successful when she spoke with X101 News on Sunday evening, shortly after the festival closed for another year. “All in all with the crappy, snowy weather that we ended up with today and the windy weather yesterday, things have come together and everybody benefited well and everybody was happy, so,” said Parker.
She added that children seemed pleased with all they could participate in. “Yeah, the helicopter did well, the carnival did well,” said Parker. “For it being so cold they were all out there, so.”
Congratulations to Patrick Rand the Returning Pancake Eating Contest Champion who’s appetite benefited the Moravia Summer Reading Program. Rand won the 22nd annual eatoff downing 21 flapjacks.
Ellie Holland was named the 2018 Maple Queen at the annual Pageant. Congratulations to her court – Kelsey Chase, Michaela Clark and Vanessa Zurbruegg, all the contestants, and the community volunteers who have made it work, for 48 years.
“We’re still doing the right thing ’cause people are still coming,” said Parker. “Hopefully, we can do it for a couple more years.”
Remember, this was the 48th annual Central New York Maple Festival in Marathon. “We at least have to make it to 50 years, and after 50 I’m going to take it year by year,” said Parker. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I hope people still want to do it. That’s our thing.”
The Maple Festival is made possible by : The combined efforts of some 1000 people, many organizations, public bodies and the Marathon Central School.