2017 Maple Syrup & Candy Contest Winners Announced!
Congratulations to all of the 2017 Maple Syrup & Candy Contest Winners / Participants! Be sure to come bid on your favorites at the Maple Syrup Auction on Sunday 4/30 @ 12:30pm!
The Maple Festival Queens are Supporting Ella and Her Crayon Cause and You Should Too!
When you come to the Maple Festival this year, bring your Crayons! The Maple Festival Queens are helping a beautiful, spunky, 7 year old Geauga County girl named Ella reach her goal of helping children that are in the same situation she herself was once in!
After donating almost 14,000 boxes of crayons to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Ella's new goal is to donate 1000 boxes of Crayons to EVERY children's hospital in the United States and 5000 boxes to St. Jude's.
We will be accepting donations of Crayons everyday of the Festival at the Maple Festival Office located on the SE corner of Chardon Square across from Pilgrim Christian Church every day and also at the Queen's Pageant on Wednesday April 26th @ 7pm at Geauga Theater.
More information about Ella and her incredible journey can be found here https://www.facebook.com/Thecrayongirl/
2017 Spotlight Sponsor - Alvord's Yard and Garden Equipment
We are proud to announce Alvord’s Yard & Garden Equipment, LLC as our 2017 Spotlight Sponsor!
Alvord’s Yard & Garden Equipment, LLC has been our major sponsor for the ‘new’ Lumberjack Competition since it began in 2000. This two day competition brings approximately 30 competitors from 5 surrounding states to the north end of Chardon Square during the festival. There you can see the skill of these lumberjacks as they compete with chainsaws, cross-cutting saws, and axes.
Bill and Dawn Alvord, owners of the family-owned business, are no strangers to the Maple Festival. Born & raised in Chardon, they both have fond memories of attending the festival as most kids do in Chardon...waiting for school to end to walk uptown, meeting up with friends , riding the rides and getting that first maple stir. Fast forward a few years and both graduate from Chardon High School, marry in 1983, raise their children Dan and Julie, and open their business in 1993.
Prior to becoming the sponsor of the lumberjack competition, Alvord’s Yard & Garden Equipment LLC, participated in and volunteered their time to the grand parade. They transformed their truck into a float to allow the Champions of Geauga County which included Mel Harder (Cleveland Indians), Rodger Davis (Chicago Bears), Don Tincher (Chardon Lakes Golf Course), Harrison Dillard (4 Olympic Gold Medals) and Geauga Special Olympics Athletes to be honored in the parade.
Thank you Bill and Dawn and the staff at Alvord’s Yard & Garden Equipment, LLC for your support and service to the Geauga County Maple Festival. Your commitment throughout the years to our community is greatly appreciated!
2017 Maple Festival Prince and Princess
Tappin' Sunday was March 12th!
Historic Maple Festival Videos
Recently some rare videos have been unearthed and we are very excited to share them with you!
The Moving Image Research Collections at the University of South Carolina contacted the Chardon Library about a collection of videos donated to them by Elmer Richards, a vocational instructor from Chardon, Ohio who taught at Spring Valley High School in Columbia SC. The videos include rare footage of the 1st Maple Festival and other classic footage.
There was also another video found in the collection of former Chardon Mayor and Maple Festival President, Robert Eldridge.
This video is a 1950's era advertisement and shows classic footage of the early Maple Festivals.
Be sure to check out the History page for more!