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    A line forms to get into the sugarhouse at Merrifield Farm in Gorham on Maine Maple Sunday. The annual event brings Mainers out to sugar houses across the state for samples of the syrup and demonstrations on creating it.

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    Katie McAlaine of Portland watches steam rise from the evaporator at Joe's Sugarhouse in Gorham. Maine Maple Sunday annually takes place on the third Sunday in March.

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    Wayne and Jessica Douglas of Portland sample pancakes while sitting at a warming station at Merrifield Farm.

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    Jim Hanscom, a volunteer at Joe's Sugarhouse in Gorham, talks with Jeremy Altman of Baltimore, Maryland, and his daughter Irit Altman of Portland, while Irit's daughter Zahra Altman, 5, peers into the evaporator on Maine Maple Sunday.

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    Volunteer Linda Griffin pours samples of light and dark syrup for visitors at Joe's Sugarhouse in Gorham. Temperatures in the 20s on Sunday didn't keep people away from many of the sugar houses that were open to the public.

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    Dennis Thivierge of Concord, N.H., tastes samples of light and dark syrup at Joe's Sugarhouse. The winter's cold temperatures made finding enough sap to boil down into syrup difficult for some maple syrup producers.

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