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Vermont Maple Festival

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 10:00am

Various Venues
Saint Albans, VT 05478

The 53rd Vermont Maple Festival is a food and arts celebration held at St. Albans in the state of Vermont. The festival is a three-day event held annually over the last weekend in April. During the event, there are exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment, and a craft & antiques show all dedicated to maple syrup.

Schedule of Events:

1:30PM: Joepetto's Magic Toy Shop

Sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, Georgia Mountain Maples & Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group

Starring Joe Howard as "Joepetto"

Take handcrafted wooden magic illusions, puppets, and balloons, add a dash of music and comedy and you will find yourself in Joepetto's Magic Toy Shop. It is truly a delight for the young and young at heart.

Location: St. Albans Free Library

Main Street Stage:

The Main Street Stage surely has something for everyone! The FREE entertainment is continuous during Festival hours. Past performances have included country bands, magicians, individual instrumentalists, classic ensembles, rock bands, storytellers, choruses, dancers, puppeteers, and much, much more.

1:00 - 3:00PM: Sean Ashby - Sponsored by WOKO/WKOL

Kicking off this year's festivities on the Main Street Stage is Sean Ashby! Sean was Sarah McLachlan's guitarist on the original "Lilith Fair" as well as the "Mirrorball" and "Afterglow" albums. He has received two 4x platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CDs. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times... And he's the kindest, humblest man you'll ever meet. Catch Sean's 1-man-band show - 8 guitars onstage with beats and bass - on the Main Street Stage Friday the 26th at 1pm.

3:00 - 5:00PM: Shake the Band - Pop - Sponsored by New England Federal Credit Union

Shake takes the stage again at Maple Fest!

6:00 - 8:00PM: Phil Abair Band – Sponsored By CDL USA

Winners of the Burlington Free Press Reader’s Choice Award for Best Band, the Phil Abair Band is a perennial favorite! They can always be counted on to deliver a good time. With a repertoire that embraces all styles of dance music, and a nose for keeping everyone on the dance floor, the Phil Abair Band makes sure you will walk away having had an awesome, memorable time.

4:00PM: Taylor Park Tent

Balloons With Yo! Jo! What a guy!

Sponsored by Runamok Maple

12:00PM - Close: Vermont Maple Festival Carnival

The sound of the carousel floats in the air, as the youngest children flock to the up and down of the horses and the round and round of kiddy rides especially for them. Teenagers (and their parents!) thrill to whipping fast or soaring high on the exciting adult rides. And it’s always a challenge to “Try Your Luck” at the games of chance and skill. “Come One, Come All” to the Vermont Maple Festival Carnival!

The Carnival is open when the Main Street Activities are underway, and remains open into the early evening.

Location: District Courthouse parking lot

1PM - 4PM: Saint Albans Museum

The Saint Albans Museum is located in a three-story schoolhouse, the former Church Street Academy, built in 1861. The building is one of several historic structures surrounding the picturesque Taylor Park green, which borders Main Street (Route 7). The Museum features comprehensive exhibits about local and regional history, including: the St. Albans Raid (the northernmost land action of the Civil War), a historic classroom, community organizations and businesses, Abenaki archaeology, Vermont medicine, the Central Vermont Railway, our French-Canadian heritage, and more! Our newest displays focus on St. Albans and World War I, as well as the agricultural history of Franklin County. There truly is something for everyone!

A special maple exhibit will be featured, and the Museum is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking.

6-8PM: Paint & Sip

This year's Maple festival paint & sip will be held at 14th Star. The project by Claire Payne is named “Old time VT Sugaring” and it depicts a simpler time in VT’s Maple Sugaring history. The project will be painted using acrylic paint on a 16” x 20” canvas. All canvases will be pre-stenciled with an outline of the piece and Claire will guide everyone step by step through the project to ensure everyone has a great time and a successful project!

The price is $40.00 per person, which includes canvas, brushes, apron, paint and complete instruction for the project. Also includes a glass of maple beer or wine. This event should last about 2 hours.

Limit of 30 people so sign up early!

Tips for having the best possible experience:

It’s a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes early to socialize and get settled in before the class start time.

We'll be using water based, non-toxic, acrylic paint, which can stain clothing. We provide aprons to protect your outfit, but please don’t wear anything you don’t want to get paint on. However, you will want to make sure you still look fabulous because (with your permission) we will post pics on www.facebook.com/Claire3p for you to tag and share with your friends.

Location: 14th Star Brewing

7PM: Youth Talent Show

Sponsored by Peoples Trust Company

The Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show is open to all students in the State of Vermont. The Show awards over $2000 in scholarships to the participants. The Show prides itself on a student focused event, empowering the youth to prepare and perform their talent independently with the support of our professional and supportive staff to guide them through the event. Judges are professionals in their field and provide impartial and fair adjudication and are not connected to performers. The rules are provided on this site as is the current application. All applications are due by March 1st with preliminary auditions to be scheduled up to a month before the show. The Director will contact performers and or their parents to confirm auditions.

Download forms: Download contest entry forms here

Scholarship/Award Criteria

Rick Manahan Community Scholarship Award $500

On behalf of Peoples Trust Company, this award is presented in memory of Rick Manahan, a vital member, mentor, and beloved friend of the Franklin County community for many years until he passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Rick believed there is no better place to live, work, and play than Franklin County and that the strength, capacity, and talents of its members, and particularly its youth, is limitless. Rick saw the potential for greatness in everyone, and he continues to inspire the best in all of us.

Participant should demonstrate the following criteria to be considered for the award:

- Exudes confidence, personality, and heart in their performance

- Demonstrates clear passion and enjoyment for their talent

- Performance displays great potential for future success

- Inspires feelings of pride in the talents demonstrated by our community

2018 Winner: Kai Jamil

Ducham Children Memorial Award

CRITERIA FOR JUDGES:

It should be understood by the Judges that the “HIGHEST” of standards should be used in Awarding this Plaque.

Location: BFA Performing Arts Center

12:00PM - 5:00PM: Craft & Specialty Food Show

Sponsored by Price Chopper

Glittery jewelry, taste-tempting specialty foods, classy clothing, assorted artwork, wooden things, fine photographs, and so much more!

Now enlarged to more than 60 vendors, the show offers both traditional and the latest in craft innovations, as well as the fine specialty foods for which Vermont is famous! It's one of the first large craft shows of the year, and it's FREE admission - a show that folks who delight in creativity have on their "don't miss" list.

Download forms: Download contest entry forms here

Catering: Dine in at the VT Maple Festival Craft & Specialty Show with “Southern Smoke Foods”.

Click here to download the menu

Entertainment

Bob Young, Music of Classic Rock from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: BFA Gym, S. Main Street

12:00PM: Main Street Concessions

Concessions Sponsors

Maple Cotton Candy
Sponsors: S.B. Collins

Maple Store
Sponsor: Onsite Propane Solutions

Maple Sugarhouse
Sponsors: St Albans Co-op & PayData

Creemees & Donuts
Sponsors: Kinney Ins. & H2O Innovation

Sugarhouse on the green and syrup tasting
Sponsor: Leader Evaporator

10-6PM: Maple Exhibit Hall

Maple Exhibit Hall (BFA Cafeteria) – Maple Store, Maple Festival Merchandise, Maple Creemees, Our Famous Maple Cream Donuts, coffee/water. Product Contest Results and displays, other Maple related educational displays. Woman & Babies comfort station located here.

Maple Store

There is something for everyone’s special taste at the Vermont Maple Festival Stores! You will find your favorite table grade of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup or You may want to savor your taste buds over a variety of Maple value added Vermont foods. You can also find a new hat, T-shirt or sweat shirt to keep your memories of the festival alive!

The Vermont Maple Stores have 2 great locations:

- Located in the Exhibit Hall, number 6 on the map

- Main Street next to the stage, number 4 on your map. Main street will carry Maple products and Festival clothing

Come to the Vermont Maple Store and find a wonderful assortment of value added products that take some of their distinctiveness from having the flavor of maple as one of their unique ingredients. Made with 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup sold at the stores Maple Cream – a no-cholesterol spread for toast, English muffins and baked goods Maple Candy – a traditional treat made from maple syrup with no added ingredients, heated to just the right temperature, stirred and poured into molds. Maple Granulated Sugar – which can be used as a flavorful substitute for other sugars. Indulge yourself with a large variety of more maple value added products like, Maple Cookies, Maple Coated Nuts, Maple Lollipops, Maple Cotton Candy, Maple Peanut Brittle, And a vast variety of some unique goodies like Maple Dressings, vinaigrettes, Barbecue Sauces and Seasonings All made with Pure Vermont Maple Syrup as the key ingredient.

Merchandise Store

Merchandise Store @ the Exhibit Hall

Here you will find a great variety of family shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more …

Maple Value Added Display

Sponsored by Island Pond Maple Factory

NEW -Visit the unique Vermont Maple Value Added table showcasing a variety of foods made here in Vermont with Maple.

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