On April 10, 1965, Elmira celebrated its first Maple Syrup Festival. It was a warm and inviting day and all roads led to Elmira; the ladies were ready at their camp stoves and electric griddles, ready to serve pancakes and maple syrup to a crowd of hopefully 2,500. To everyone’s great surprise, 10,000 people made their way to Elmira that first year to savour the sweet taste of spring! And so, the Festival grew… and grew… and grew.
Thanks to visitors from all over the world – Australia, Europe, Mexico, the USA, Canada, and even the North Pole – the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival with 66,529 people attending in 2000.
They have come a long way from those early beginnings. On Festival Day a finely tuned team of 2,000 volunteers rises long before dawn to ensure the smooth running of the Festival throughout the entire day. In 2000, they served the 500,000th pancake and the mall grew from featuring 14 booths to offering products from more than 100 vendors.
Elmira’s Maple Syrup Festival is considered a true sign of spring; visitors are drawn by spring fever and a nostalgia for a rural way of life. Come join the fun—there is something for everyone young and old.
For more information about this great day, please visit www.elmiramaplesyrup.com