Save the Date April 25 & 26, 2020
A “sweet” event is coming up in Hadley NY and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss it. Hadley’s very own Maple in April Festival is taking place the last weekend of April.
Tyrone Nichols, Vendor chairman
There’s lots of maple goodies and just 'sweet’ fun for everyone at the
18th annual Maple in April Festival
Plan to set up at the Maple in April Festival’s two day event on APRIL 25 AND 26, 2020 Last year there were over 1,500 visitors to the activities along Rockwell Street, Hadley, NY. We advertise on the web, local newspapers, county and town chambers and NEW this year radio! Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities galore. French Toast Breakfast with real maple syrup is ready to start your day. There’s maple sugaring demonstration, Backyard Sugar Makers Tasting Contest, Lil’ Sugar Dust-off Car & Truck Show, food & craft street vendors, music, horse drawn wagon rides, street performers, Dogs Day at the Park, birds of prey, turn your own wands with Wizard T. Grandohl, farm pets, and activities for children including inflatables, face painting and pony rides.
Fill in the attached form and mail along with your check to: Hadley Business Association, P.O. Box 141, Hadley, NY 12835; include S.A.S.E. for confirmation. ALL VENDORS will be required to submit copies of any permits, licenses, and certificates that are required by the New York State Departments of Taxation and Finance, Health, and Agriculture and Markets to sell their goods.
Click applicable Vendor Application
DIRECTIONS: NORTH: Take 1-87 Northway exit 21 onto route 9N south 11 miles to Hadley-Luzerne School turn right onto Mill St, which turns into Main St, take right at Bridge St over Rockwell Falls into Hadley Check-in at INFO TENT located on Rockwell St., near the railroad tracks for your vendor site number. SOUTH from Corinth: 9N north to Lake Luzerne across 9N Bridge, left at traffic light, turn left onto Bridge St over Rockwell Falls into Hadley. Check-in at INFO TENT for vendor site number.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik presents First Place Ribbon to Dylan Pasco of Glens Falls at the Backyard Maple Syrup Makers Tasting Contest, Hadley NY. Maple syrup submitted was judged on its color, density and ﬂavor by veteran maple producers, Ron Waite, Don Hastings and Andrew Gilbert. Backyard maple syrup makers were to bring one-half pint of their ﬁnest syrup in a glass container to Wilder’s Sugar Shack, they are to gather and boil their own sap and to have 150 taps or less to be eligible to enter the contest.
Second place winner is Terry Shatraw, Corinth and third place winner is Eileen Gilbert, Hadley. Other syrup makers receiving ribbons are: Marcia Giﬀord-Sorell, of Hadley, Brion Bevington, JR of Broadalbin, Tom Jenkin, and Rene Pasco both of Queensbury.
Despite the early morning cold and wind, people began arriving at 8 a.m. to enjoy a hearty Scholarship French toast breakfast, a festival tradition. It was a very windy day, but that didn’t spoil the kind of good-natured, fun-ﬁlled attitude we have come to expect at the 17th annual Maple in April festival.
Over 50 vendors lined Rockwell Street and Stony Creek Road. There is something here for all age groups from maple “goodies” to a zebra. You’ll ﬁnd all kinds of tasty maple treats like maple cotton candy, maple popcorn, maple cheesecakes and delicious organic maple milk as well as great musical entertainment all day long. Civil War re-enactors of the 118th Adirondack NY Infantry encamped on the festival grounds. Vertical Farm’s zebra lead the pet parade, and Saratoga County Sheriff’s offered free child identiﬁcation cards. Plein-air artists were peppered throughout the area painting scenes of the spring festival in preparation of the art auction. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik stopped in to say “HI” and to present the Backyard Maple Syrup Makers their award ribbons. JP Henderson of Crown Entertainment Professional DJ Service walked through the crowd announcing the various vendors along Rockwell Street and their crafts, in between announcing the vendors Henderson played a wide variety of tunes. Because of the dip in the temperature, the wind and the promise of showers the ‘Lil’ sugar dust-off Car & Truck Show was cancelled, which always draws a crowd. It is rescheduled for Friday, May 31. “It takes a lot of volunteers and countless hours to organize an event like this, said Sue Wilder, president of the Hadley Business Association. The H.B.A. really appreciates every ounce of effort that goes into this, every service group that participates, every festival attendee, and every local business that donates time and product to the success of the festival.”
Earn your Bragging Rights for the Best Tasting Syrup!
Do you and your family make your own maple syrup?
Tap a few maple trees around the house?
Do you have the best tasting maple syrup in the neighborhood?
Live in a 50 mile radius of 12835 Hadley?
Then you may be interested in entering the 2nd annual Backyard Maple Syrup Tasting Contest for those who less than 150 taps, gather and boil their own sap.