Welcome from the Festival President & Dignitaries

John Savage • 2019 Festival President

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the 2019 Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, on behalf of the many dedicated volunteers who comprise the EMSF Committee. An event of this scale can only be successful with hard work, knowledge and physical ability, which ensures that our regularly scheduled entertainment, such as the log-sawing and pancake-eating contests, Sugar Bush tours and musical acts go smoothly. While Maple Syrup is the main focus of our festival, we are always striving to offer new and exciting attractions for your enjoyment, and we welcome your suggestions for how we can make that happen. We believe that it is these attractions which keep our visitors coming back, year after year, to welcome spring with their trip to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Along with me and my team, the residents of Springwater Township and the Village of Elmvale look forward to meeting and chatting with many of you. Please feel free to approach us with your stories and ideas and remember that we are always seeking new volunteers to join our committee and become part of a dedicated team.

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Don Allen • Mayor of Springwater Township

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to this year’s Annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival! For more than five decades, this signature event embraces visitors from far and wide to enjoy a wonderfully sweet experience in our community. I encourage you to take in the entertainment, shop for unique gifts and try some mouthwatering maple syrup. This local tradition brings together family, friends and neighbours to celebrate our cultural fabric and rural pride. Thank you to the team of volunteers and organizers for your hours of hard work, and for what you continually fundraise for local projects and charitable causes through this spectacular event. It is the tireless dedication of volunteers that make Springwater such a charming and vibrant place to live. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular at the festival, I wish to thank you for participating and joining our community at this uniquely Canadian event. Enjoy your time here today and be sure to taste some sweet Ontario-made maple syrup! We look forward to welcoming you back next year. 

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Doug Downey • MPP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte

As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, it is a privilege to welcome you all to the 54th annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Fest! This fun and festive event is a great way to welcome the beginning of spring, and celebrate the annual Maple Syrup Harvest. As the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple products, we can safely say that maple syrup is a highly valuable Canadian commodity. From its discovery and first use, through the years of innovation and advances in collection methods, to the presence of the Maple leaf on our national flag, it certainly holds true as one of the classic symbols of Canadian culture. Today, Elmvale continues this proud tradition as a hub for maple syrup production and celebration. Thank you to the volunteers and organizers who work tirelessly to make this event happen year after year. Thank you for keeping this tradition alive, and providing an opportunity to gather with friends and family to learn about and enjoy the Maple Syrup Harvest season within our community. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and I hope to see many of you out and about, enjoying the festivities!

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Alex Nuttall • MP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte 

As the Member of Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, it is my honour to welcome you all to the historic Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival 2019! Each year, this event brings together the local community to celebrate the annual Maple Syrup Harvest. This important and valuable tradition attracts visitors from all across the province and country who come to Elmvale seeking a reminder of their Canadian roots. Weaving together local talent, creativity, and innovation, the festival delights us in new and exciting ways each year, while remaining deeply grounded in the traditions of the area. I thank all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring this wonderful event together. It is this selfless group who make this event such a memorable and special experience for all. Thank you to everyone who has travelled to Elmvale to enjoy the festival. Whether you travelled across the country or just around the corner, we’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoy all this beautiful community has to offer.

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George Cornell • County of Simcoe Warden

Welcome visitors and residents to Elmvale and one of the world’s sweetest Maple Syrup Festivals! Simcoe County takes its Maple Syrup industry seriously, and for more than a half century, the village of Elmvale has welcomed visitors from across the province to join us in celebrating one of our favourite homemade products. Simcoe County is one of Ontario’s top tourism destinations, welcoming more than nine-million visitors each year to take in our award winning events and festivals, attractions and cultural experiences. These events are vital to our small towns and local businesses with proceeds raised going right back into the community. Thank you to the many volunteers who offer their time and energy to make the festival possible each year, and to attendees for joining us and celebrating everything that’s great about our region! Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, I know you’ll enjoy a wonderfully sweet experience at the 2019 Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival.