THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017-–Noon Official Opening of Concessions – Rides Open at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the 88th annual Geauga County Maple Festival April 27-30!
Don’t miss a weekend of fun-filled events, including the area’s one-and-only Bathtub Races, Maple Stirs, Pancakes in the Park, Various Concessions, Tug of War, Lumberjack Competition, Baking Contest, SAP run, and more.
Enjoy a variety of live entertainment on the Main Stage or on the street.
Make plans to attend Pancakes in the Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with pure Geauga County maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, and coffee for just $8.
The Annual Geauga County Maple Festival Parades will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Judging and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Junior and Adult Floats, Junior and Senior Marching Corps, Antique/Classic Cars, and Horse Division for the units that participate in the parade on both days.
Don’t miss the fun-filled festival rides. Visit maplefestival.com for the most up to date wrist band pricing.
Parking is available on and around Chardon Square for about $5. Local organizations park cars as a fundraiser for their organization. All proceeds go back into the community.
Always the last full weekend in April
Festival opening/closing times: (weather permitting)
Thursday Noon – 10 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
**No Dogs allowed**
FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
From the ‘Sheetz Plaza’ to the Square
Saturday – 11am to 9pm and Sunday – 9am to 6pm
The Geauga County Maple Festival was the idea of Art Carlson, a local merchant on Chardon Square. Carlson wanted to increase awareness of maple syrup production as well as the price, which at that time, was sold for 50 cents a gallon. When Carlson told some friends about his idea they started planning the first Geauga County Maple Festival.
The Maple Festival was founded in 1926 in an attempt to market Ohio syrup in competition with Vermont syrup. The Geauga County News announced that Chardon was “Going to treat the general public to a good old fashioned maple sugar eat.” The Even featured free dishes of maple syrup, a sugar camp, tapped trees, and ox team gathering sap, and a maple products display. Festival Planners expected 5,000 visitors and worried over the April ice storm. Over 15,000 people attended, and now the festival is an annual tradition.
The Geauga County Maple Festival hosts the largest maple contest in the state of Ohio.Visit The Event Website