SKOWHEGAN — The 11th annual Maple Festival will take place at various venues Friday through Sunday, March 24-26.
Celebrating Somerset County’s status as the top maple-producing county in the United States, this festival offers activities for all ages with a pancake breakfast, maple-marshmallow roasting, a maple leaf hunt and more, according to a news release from Maine Street Skowhegan.
The festival leads up to Maine Maple Sunday, when sugarhouses around the state open their doors to the public with free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours and more.
Schedule of events:
Friday, March 24
Maple sap collecting, 4:30 p.m., Chez Londorf, Burrill Hill Road.
Saturday, March 25
Pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m., Tewksbury Hall, Skowhegan Island. Breakfast will feature locally sourced foods including homemade whole-grain pancakes, Somerset County maple syrup, free-range sausage, fresh fruit and local coffee, tea, cider, and milk. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger.
Maple Leaf Hunt, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown. Pick up a checklist at the Bankery, 87 Water St., search for leaves in downtown businesses, and turn in a completed list to be entered into a prize drawing.
Chez Londorf Maple Open House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chez Londorf, Burrill Hill Road.
Springtime celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Country Crow Primitives, 61 Water St. Celebrate spring with homemade treats, in-store specials and more.
Maple marshmallow roasting, games and activities, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., municipal lot.
Sugar Dash 5K, noon, municipal lot. Proceeds from the walk/run organized by Jobs for Maine Graduates will benefit the American Breast Cancer Foundation.
Skowhegan Rotary beer, wine, and food tasting, 5-8 p.m., Skowhegan Armory, 11 N. School St. Tickets cost $17 per person prior to event, $20 at the door, 21-plus event. To purchase tickets, see the Facebook event.
Sunday, March 26
Maple open houses: Visit local maple producers — including Tessiers Farm, Strawberry Hill Farms, Smith Brothers Maple, and more — for tours and samples.