Maple syrup being bottled by Jay Eagle Photo: Sandy Hevener
Highland Maple Festival (Highland County)
In 1959 the Highland County Chamber of Commerce
decided to stage a small "open house" at a maple sugar camp to
promote the county's quality maple syrup, drawing an attendance of
600. Subsequent years saw demonstrations of open-kettle maple syrup
production, the crowning of a Maple Queen, the showing of
Tol'able David, a 90-minute silent movie filmed in
Highland County in 1921, a six-mile run, and, in 1983, the opening
of a Maple Museum.
Today, more than 60,000 visitors to the Highland
Maple Festival observe the entire syrup-making process, starting
with the collection of "sugar water" (maple sap). They enjoy
pancakes smothered with Highland-produced maple syrup served by
local restaurants, schools, and Ruritan Clubs; buy additional
treats (maple-flavored donuts, funnel cakes, apple dumplings,
barbecued chicken) from local church and civic groups and athletic
clubs; watch local cloggers and line dancers perform; and attend a
juried craft show representing 130 artists and craftspeople from
nearby states. The Highland County Maple Festival has become as
important to the county's cultural heritage as it has to the
survival of the area's maple sugar industry.
Project documentation comprises a report, slides,
newspaper articles from 1986 to 1999, promotional brochures, an
exhibitor's map, and souvenirs (postcards, stickers, key rings,
buttons, sleeve patch).
Originally submitted by: Bob Goodlatte, Representative (6th District).
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