The early bird deadline for registering for Maplerama in Orleans County has been extended to July 19.
Orleans County maple producers will host the 2013 Vermont Maplerama, with activities centered at Jay Peak Resort on Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26, and at the Orleans County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 27. The main feature of this fun and educational event is a day and a half of tours to sugaring operations where visitors can learn new techniques and hear how sugaring is done in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. U.S. Sen. George Aiken coined the term Northeast Kingdom in 1949, in an effort to describe the beauty of Vermont's unique farthest-flung corner. This is a part of Vermont where conditions are harsh, population is sparse, and the rivers flow north.
The tour on Friday will take participants around the northern half of the county, from the highest point, Jay Peak, to the lowest, Lake Memphremagog. The tour includes six sugaring operations, plus the new Tasting Center in Newport. A trade show will feature the latest maple equipment. Friday's banquet will feature a talk by Bill Stenger, who engineered the expansion of Jay Peak Resort and also a huge new investment in the nearby Vermont city of Newport, as well as humor by a Vermont poet who will relate how he discovered that making maple syrup wasn't nearly as simple as he thought.
On Saturday, headquarters will be moved to the Orleans County Fairgrounds, located in the town of Barton near Crystal Lake. After a pancake breakfast, participants will visit three sugaring operations in the southern part of the county, plus Pete's Greens, an organic vegetable farm. Maplerama will conclude with a chicken barbecue back at the fairgrounds.
This annual Vermont Maple Tour is expected to attract as many 200 people from many states and provinces. Participating in this two-plus day event is inexpensive for maple producers; the knowledge and friendships gained are invaluable.
For more information, please contact Orleans County Maple Producers President Ted Young at 802-525-4462 or visit www.facebook.com/Maplerama2013
More information on the schedule and tours is available on the Maple Mainline at www.uvm.edu/extension/maple/mainline/maple-mainline-june-2013.pdf
. The registration form is available at www.uvm.edu/extension/maple/pdfs/maplerama-2013-registration-form.pdf
Thursday, July 25
Jay Peak Resort, Jay, VT
3 - 9 p.m. Registration
4 - 9 p.m. Trade Show/Refreshments
Friday, July 26
Jay Peak Resort, Jay, VT
6:30 - 8 a.m. Registration
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tours
4 - 7 p.m. Social Hours/Trade Show
7 p.m. Banquet
Saturday July 27
Orleans County Fairgrounds, Barton, VT
7 - 8:30 a.m. Registration
7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tours
12:30 p.m. Chicken Barbecue