2017 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Events
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Unless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.
The Main Drag
7 a.m. – while supplies last
$4 per pancake
$1 per sausage patty
$1 per drink
Try our golden-brown pancakes and famous maple syrup. You will find us just off the Mall on Hampton Street. Get yours before they’re gone!
Browse handmade crafts and other unique goods; taste apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup other delectables! All this and much more await you and your appetite along the half-mile-long outdoor Mall. Plus, mouth-watering, home-style meals are featured at the local churches.
$1 per sample
See the old-fashioned way of boiling down the sap and sample unforgettable maple syrup toffee!
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Zion Mennonite Fellowship, 47 Arthur Street. Enjoy a rest from all the action or meet up with friends before exploring the festival.
Have some fun near the Mall! Join the Venturer Scouts of the 1st Elmira Scout Group to test your sawing skills. Take your branded slice home as a souvenir!
Can’t make it to the Sugar Bush on Festival Day? Then join the Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers at their miniature Sugar Shack and Evaporator. You can see how maple syrup is made and check out their collection of spiels, tubing and old-fashioned buckets.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
See the animals, find your way through the straw maze and climb on the tractor in the buggy shed by the pancake tent.
Your little tots can take a ride around the ring on ponies that are just their size!
Three round trips from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Elmira on Festival Day. Not wheelchair accessible. “Owned & Operated by Waterloo Central Railway”.
Details and tickets here.
11 a.m. & 12, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
The Mennonite Story and Farmers Plus present special screenings of two short films in the Farmers Plus boardroom (across from Home Hardware):
Mennonites of Ontario and Who Are The Mennonites?
Donations to The Mennonite Story gratefully accepted.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church, 60 Arthur Street. Get comfortable in this indoor breastfeeding zone hosted by volunteers from the Community Breastfeeding Alliance of Waterloo Region, including lactation experts.
One way: $3 adult, $2 child 3-12, 2 & under free
Catch a ride on the mini-train running on South Street from the Arena to Arthur Street. Give your legs a rest or ride it just for fun!
Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day, for our festival mascot! Say “Hi” and take your photo with Flapjack. Want to share your photo online? Great! Use #EMSF17
7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Pancake Tent/Old MacDonald’s Farm
8 – 8:30 a.m. Live Music Gazebo
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Kids Zone – Snyder Arena Upper Level
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
1 – 2:15 p.m. Roaming the Mall and Gazebo Area
2:30 – 4 p.m. Kids Zone – Snyder Arena Upper Level
The Arena Area
Friday 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday $3, Saturday $2 adult
12 & under free
Toys of the past and present plus the official “Limited Edition Maple Syrup Bank” are featured at Lions Hall beside the arena.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
TICKET SALES END AT 2:15pm
$5.50 adult, $3.50 child 3-12
2 & under free
Venture out to a local sugar bush by bus to experience all of the maple syrup preparations. Bus is not wheelchair accessible, please see ticket booth for accessible directions.
FLAT-FEE ENTRY • GOOD ALL DAY
FOR ALL SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE WMC
$7 adult, $3 child 3-12, $20 family of 4 or more
2 & under free
Watch the Talented Pups of Four Paws Flying
8:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
The pooches of “Four Paws Flying” perform their Dog Sport Variety Show with freestyle frisbee, agility obstacle course and musical freestyle tricks (30 minute show). Sponsored by Elmira Pet Products.
Be Astounded by Bill Nuvo
Don’t miss this comedic illusionist show! (45 minute show)
Take in a Concert
9:15 a.m. & 1:45 p.m.
Take a seat and treat your ears to a country music performance by Tianna Woods (45 minute show). Nominated in 2015 for the CMAO Female Artist of the year & in the Best Country Artist category for the Toronto Independent Music Award.
Catch the Dance Show
Tap your toes to the beat during a dance show by Encore Dance Studio. A variety of dance styles will be featured in the performance (45 minute show).
Admire the Maple Syrup Contest Display
We have a winner! Congratulations to Maple Tap Farm – our 2017 Producer of the Year! Come admire the samples of “liquid gold” submitted for judging, and see if you can pick out the winner. Located in the 2nd floor foyer.
Visit the balloon artist & face painter (small fee).
All day: Meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet Frozen’s Elsa and Anna
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Be one with the force with Jedi and Sith
1 – 2 p.m. Join us for some Hogwarts fun, meet Frozen’s Elsa and Anna
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Be one with the force with Jedi and Sith
Get Your Backyard Maple Syrup Kit
Pick up a kit for $10 with everything you need, including instructions. Also available at Festival Headquarters, at the South end of the Mall.
Explore the Antique Show, Mennonite Quilting Demonstration & Sale,
and Craft Market
Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a step back in time and discover treasures from the past from a variety of vendors. Test your knowledge at the “What Is It?” Contest and place your bids in the silent auction. Shop the variety of handmade goods made by skilled crafters. Watch the Mennonite quilters in action at their demonstration & sale.
Marvel at the Got Magic Tour
12 & 2 p.m.
Like comedy, escapes, close-up card tricks? We’ve got it all with three magicians all in one show! Meet the Got Magic Young Magicians team as they wow you with their illusions (1 hour show). Stick around after the show to take a photo with Frozen’s Elsa!
Check out the tractors! Have a blast in the bouncy castles & test your skills on the rock climbing wall (fees apply). Food trucks on site.