Welcome from the Festival President & Dignitaries
John Savage • 2017 Festival President
On behalf of my outstanding team comprised of various committees and numerous volunteers, it is again my distinct pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to the 2017 Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Hopefully, this digest will guide you through the scheduled events as well as provide other interesting information. Regardless of whether this is your first time attending the festival, or if this visit has become an annual rite of spring for you, we have been busy preparing an event that we trust will be truly memorable. The reasons for attending are as vast and varied as the visitors themselves. The pancake breakfast is a mandatory stop for many, before exploring the large number of vendors, both indoors and out, who offer a variety of goods including all things maple. The centrally located main stage offers live entertainment and our ever-popular log-sawing and pancake-eating contests. For many, the sugarbush tours are a must, to witness how our golden elixir is processed into products for your consumption. For others, no visit is complete without taking in the midway rides and games. The EMSF is now well into its fifth decade, and we plan to continue to provide a truly enjoyable event for everyone. I look forward to meeting many of you personally, during your visit.
Bill French • Mayor of Springwater
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 52nd annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival in beautiful Springwater Township. Every year this festival brings people from near and far to experience the community, take in the entertainment, shop for unique gifts and treats and taste the best maple syrup this country has to offer. This incredible event wouldn’t be possible without a group of dedicated volunteers who work year round to plan, organize and execute this celebration of nature’s sweetest treat. This event is a wonderful community fundraiser and all of the money raised today will go right back into the community to support not-for-profit organizations and groups in our Township. A special thank you to Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival President, John Savage and Vice-President Dan Clement, and their team of volunteers who donate their time, energy and talents to seamlessly pull off this event year after year. On behalf of the Township of Springwater Council and staff, we thank you for supporting our community and participating in the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. You can watch for Springwater related information on our official Twitter feed – @SpringwaterTWP, Facebook – Township of Springwater or on our website www.springwater.ca. We hope you enjoy your time here today and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Patrick Brown • MPP Simcoe North
It is my pleasure to offer greetings and best wishes as you enjoy the 52nd Annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival.This is a wonderful event that celebrates our Canadian and agricultural heritage, and I encourage you to take part in the many fun activities provided for your enjoyment.The organizers, volunteers, and sponsors are to be commended for coordinating such an amazing festival. Most importantly, be sure to enjoy some sweet Ontario made maple syrup!
Jim Wilson • MPP Simcoe Grey
As the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe-Grey, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the organizers of this year’s Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Since its inception more than half a century ago, this festival has provided residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and learn about maple syrup.The festival also contributes to our economy and draws newcomers to our community. I want to congratulate all of the volunteers who helped put the festival together. Your hard work is greatly appreciated by all of us who enjoy this annual event.Again, congratulations on organizing the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival and please accept my best wishes.
Alex Nuttall • MP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte
As the Member of Parliament for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte and a regular guest each year, I would like to welcome all residents and visitors to this year`s Annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival! This historic, valuable and local tradition continually draws visitors from across our community, bringing together families and friends to celebrate and enjoy the spring season and the Maple Syrup harvest. It is a wonderful yearly reminder of the beauty of community and togetherness. This Festival is woven together with local talent, and brought to us by a team of dedicated volunteers and organizers.
Gerry Marshall • County of Simcoe Warden
Not only do we love our maple syrup in Simcoe County, but we produce some of the world’s best. Which is why, for more than 50 years, the town of Elmvale has welcomed visitors from across the province to join us in celebrating a part of our cultural fabric. As host of some of Ontario’s top events and festivals, the County is one of Ontario’s top tourism destinations, welcoming more than nine-million visitors each year. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, I know you’ll enjoy a wonderfully sweet experience at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, and invite you to explore all there is to do in our wonderful region. I wish to thank the many volunteers and organizers who have put in hours of hard work to make this event such a sweet success each year. Thank you and enjoy.