Powassan Maple Syrup Festival finally making a comeback

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Powassan's Maple Syrup Festival is back.

The Town council is directing municipal staff to begin meeting in September to start the planning process for the 2023 event.

The outdoor festival takes place on the fourth Saturday in April but it's been MIA for three years in a row because of COVID-19.

With council's approval, the Maple Syrup Festival Committee can now begin the initial groundwork in just a few weeks and then start ramping up the more detailed tasks in January.

For Mayor Peter McIsaac, the decision is a welcome one.

“I for one can't wait for the 2023 Maple Syrup Festival,” he said.

“It's been long overdue and it's going to be great.”

The one day festival easily attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people from across the Almaguin region as well as residents of North Bay.

Considering the region is home to quite a few maple producers, the public will see numerous vendors selling their maple-related products in the Sportsplex and on Main Street.

One of the big events is the annual Pancake Breakfast which will likely be packed with hundreds of people savouring the food prepared by locals.

Past festivals have included a variety of entertainment forms and activities like sheep shearing and lumberjacks demonstrating their expert cutting skills.

The festival committee will likely try to bring these back after a three year absence.

The festival is geared towards families and in the past organizers have had a kids zone in place for children, as well as magicians, face painting and clowns.

Past festivals have also seen the public take tours to the sugar bushes in the area.

The day has also been filled with live, local music.

Because the festival committee has been inactive the last three years, the first job is to contact those members to see if they are available for the 2023 festival.

In the near future the festival committee will be putting out a call for volunteers to help pull off the 2023 event.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget