CNY Maple​ ​Festival

51st CNY Maple​ ​Festival 2023 – April 15 & 16

Posted by  //  April 6, 2023  //  Festivals, News

The sweet smell of spring!

Are you ready to dive into a stack of steaming hot pancakes, drenched in fresh maple syrup? Folks in Central New York get an itch to travel to the sweetest destination for miles around – Marathon, New York, where the tradition of celebrating the rites of spring occur as the small Village invites you to their Maple Festival, April 15 & 16.

It is hometown family fun with the sweetness of nature’s own maple syrup taking center stage. A Maple Festival Queen will welcome you to see, do and enjoy all things maple.

There is a pancake eating contest, an “all you can eat pancake meal”, over 70 crafters, historical exhibits, used book sale, Civil War & Mountainmen encampment, maple products on sale, and much more.  Walk around the Village, enjoy entertainment, get a free sample of maple syrup and try: maple cotton candy, maple milkshakes, a maple lemon tart, maple pulled pork, maple donut, maple lollipop, maple muffin, maple elephant ear and so much more.

Yes indeed, there will be a “hometown family affair”  happening on April 15th and 16th in that small little Village as it celebrates the coming of spring and the sweetness of maple.

The Maple Festival is the sure sign that spring is in the area. Come and shake that cabin fever away with a mapley sweet family weekend. The tapping of maple trees some as old as the area itself, has been a tradition in Cortland County since the days of the Iroquois Indian culture. Through the years, maple syrup production has provided income for many people in the area, and has grown with the times and advances in technology. The Maple Festival is made possible by the combined efforts of some 1000 people, many organizations, public bodies and the Marathon Central School.

Arts and Crafts: Artisans come from all around to show off their extravagant creations. Come by the civic center and the gymnasium at the school to take a look at the variety of artwork.

Festival Events: Come see the amazing events that are only shown at the Annual Maple Festival. There is a wide variety of entertainers in the auditorium and throughout the town of Marathon.

Maple Products: The Maple Festival provides the greatest maple products to satisfy your sweet tooth. The maple products are completely homemade and are unique, so please come and purchase some fantastic treats. Maple products are sold at the mobile sugar shack outside the school, also down at the Maple Museum on Lovell’s Field. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfasts are sold at the school cafeteria. Prices: Adults (13 & up) $12. Child (6-12yrs old) $8. Child (1-5yrs old) FREE. Credit Cards and Cash Accepted. 7AM to 2PM

Outside Events:

  • Carnival Rides – Lovell Field
  • Wood Carver – Village Green
  • ​Maple Mobile Race – Behind Bank
  • Music – Village Green

Parking is available on Mill street, the Elementary School, and Ron’s Body & Paint Parking lot. ​All parking is cash donation! ​There are buses that come to each of these locations for pick up and drop off on both days.

“We hope you enjoy your visit to Marathon, NY — one of the best small towns in America.”

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