The registration deadline for the early bird discount for Vermont Maplerama has been extended to Wednesday, July 16, 2014. This year's event is scheduled for July 24-26 at the Franklin County Field Days grounds in Highgate, Vermont. Hosted by the Franklin County Maple Sugarmakers Association, the three-day event will feature sugarhouse tours, companion tours, great food and entertainment.
Franklin County, located in the northwestern corner of Vermont, is the No. 1 syrup-producing county in the No. 1 syrup-producing state. Some of the smallest and largest maple producers are located in Franklin County, using a variety of evaporation techniques, including wood, wood pellets, wood chips, steam and oil, plus the newest technology in tapping, evaporation and remote vacuum sensing. You will have the opportunity to see all of this. The county is also home to five major maple equipment dealers.
Following a trade show starting on Thursday afternoon and featuring much of the latest maple equipment, attendees will board coaches and head out for a full day of tours on Friday to see some of the sugarhouses that make this county famous. There are 14 possible stops offered, and everyone can choose their favorites at registration. Besides the sugarhouses, it will be possible to see premium spirits made with pure maple sugar and a premium cheese facility. There will also be a companion tour on Friday that will feature a local wine tasting, a bread and cheese tasting, a visit to watch a local bowl maker in action, plus the barn quilt tour, the Historical Museum and the newly redesigned St. Albans Downtown.
After the Friday tours, there will be a social hour and a return to the trade show, followed by a banquet, awards and a comedian to end the evening. Saturday will feature a half-day of additional tours, including more great sugarhouses, a stop at Boston Post Dairy for soap making and cheesemaking, and a chicken barbecue to end the day.
For more information and a registration form, visit http://franklincountymaple.com/maplerama.html