Sap's running!!

The Snow is melting, the temperature is rising, and the spring flowers are coming up. It's time to head out to Perth Ontario for the annual Festival of The Maples and participate in a family-oriented, outdoor, spring event. The day is dedicated to the king of trees, Canada's symbol, the sugar maple. Perth is located in Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario.

The Festival of The Maples is an annual event since 1974. It is held on the last Saturday in April each year and attracts over 20,000 visitors.

Originaly called 'The Spring Festival of Maple' this time of the year marks the end of the Maple Sap run and was initially started to bring the people outside to an event after a long winter hibernation.

Check out the fantastic shops, vendors, maple syrup producers, displays, entertainment, lots of kid's activities, classic antique car show and various demonstrations.

Be sure to attend the annual pancake breakfast at the Perth Legion (26 Beckwith St. East).

The kids' area is located in the Tay Basin, across from the Town Hall, with the Mighty Machines display and lots of games.

One of the most charitable festival events, "Empty Bowls", takes place in front of "Riverguild Fine Crafts" (51 Gore St. East) Soup, prepared by some of Perth's finest restaurants, is served up in bowls that you can keep - for a fee $. Proceeds from the soup sale are donated to programs run by the Perth Food Bank and the Youth Centre. Empty Bowls distributes more than $12,000 each year to local organizations working to end hunger and food insecurity.

Visit: www.emptybowls.ca

Sample the best maple syrup to come from tree sap, enjoy some great live music and browse all the delicious maple products on sale from various vendors.

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