The Festival

The 2015 Festival

Print your own event guide for Saturday.
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival MapUnless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.

The Arena Area


  Truck Over to the Toy
Show & Sale

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.

  Check out a Stack of Events
in the Dan Snyder Arena

Flat-fee entry, good all day
$4 adult, $3 child 3-12, 2 & under free

pancake mileWitness the First Ever Running of the “Pancake Mile”
9 a.m. on the indoor track
It’s a Guinness Book of World Records attempt by the Waterloo Running Series. Run a quarter mile – eat a pancake – and repeat! Register to run here.

Watch talented pups in the Dog Show
8:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
The pooches of “Four Paws Flying” perform their Dog Sport Variety Show with freestyle frisbee, agility obstacle course and musical freestyle tricks. Sponsored by Elmira Pet Products.

pancake flippingCheer at the Pancake Flipping Contest
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watch this wacky relay at the Arena. Plan to be there to cheer on your favourite team!

Birds of Prey ShowEnjoy the Birds of Prey Show
12, 1:15 & 3:30 p.m.
See large raptors and watch the hawks fly over the stands. Meet the handler and one of the birds up close after the show.

Marvel at the Got Magic Tour
12 & 3 p.m. in the Community Room
Back again this year with new magicians and new illusions! Like comedy, escapes, close up card tricks? We’ve got it all! New this year, meet the Got Magic Young Magicians team as they wow you with their illusions!

Catch the Dance Show
2:30 p.m.
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.

Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

11  Explore the Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 adult, 12 & under free
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.

sugar bush

  Explore the Sugar Bush

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$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.

 View Interactive Exhibits Outside
at the WMC Arena

Fire Juggling Show
1:30 p.m.
Weather permitting, watch this incredible feat of juggling performed by the Got Magic team!

travelling exhibit celebrating Canada's National Honours

It’s An Honour!
Friday 3 – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Discover extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life at this cross-Canada travelling exhibit celebrating Canada’s National Honours, their recipients and their stories.

Ontario Artist Blacksmith Associationblacksmithing demonstration
Starting at 9 a.m.
Watch what happens when iron meets fire during this fascinating blacksmithing demonstration.

The Mobile Sugar ShackMobile Sugar Shack
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 outside the arena. You can see how maple syrup is made and check out their collection of spiels, tubing and old-fashioned buckets.

The Main Drag

pancakes1   Devour Our Pancakes

$4 – one pancake
$2 – one additional pancake
$1 – drink

Try our golden-brown pancakes and famous maple syrup. You will find us just off the Mall on Wyatt Street. Get yours before they’re gone!

half-mile-long outdoor Mall

2  Browse the Mall &
Excite your Tastebuds!

Craft booths, apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup 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.

Old-Fashioned Toffee

3  Savour Old-Fashioned Toffee

See the old-fashioned way of boiling down the sap and sample unforgettable maple syrup toffee!

3  Listen to Live Local Bands in the Gazebo

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Wishful Thinking”
12 – 1 p.m. “Organized Kaos”

Quilt & Craft Show & Sale

4  Catch the Quilt & Craft
Show & Sale

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$2 adult, 12 & under free

Enjoy the skilled craft-makers featuring handmade quilts, jewellery, clothing and decorations for your home. Don’t miss the quilting demonstration!

Resting Place

  The Resting Place

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.

log sawing

  Saw A Log

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!

old macdonald's farm

  Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$0.50 adult/child

See the animals, find your way through the straw maze and climb on the tractor in the buggy shed by the pancake tent.

Pony Ride

  Go for a Pony Ride

Your little tots can take a ride around the ring on ponies that are just their size!

Ride the Train

  Ride the Train

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

  Catch a Movie on MennonitesMovie on Mennonites

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.

  Breastfeeding Comfort Zone Breastfeeding Comfort Zone

10 a.m. – 4 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 a public health nurse.

Get a Photo with FlapjackFlapjack

7 – 7:30 a.m. Pancake Tent/Old MacDonald’s Farm
8 – 8:20 a.m. Bandstand
8:45 – 9 a.m. Mayor’s Breakfast
9 – 9:30 a.m. Pancake Mile
10 – 11 a.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
1 – 2 p.m. Woolwich Memorial Centre