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Muskoka Maple Festival returns this weekend after two years

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A sweet springtime event is coming back to Huntsville after a two-year hiatus.

The Muskoka Maple Festival runs April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Vendors will line Huntsville’s Main Street, peddling maple-themed goods and foods, accompanied by live music and street performers of all sorts.

Halley Clover with the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, says it’s a way to ease back into events after years of COVID-19.

“Really we want to bring back, after the two-year hiatus, sort of a slow back-to-events in Muskoka. Bringing back tourism, showcasing local businesses, local vendors,” says Clover. “Showcasing our amazing [maple industry] in this beautiful time of year, before we get really busy in the summer, and just kind of enjoy our town before it gets taken over,” she jokes.

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Clover says the event will feature bonfires and two performance stages this year, with music in a “Canadian Maritime fiddle vibe.” Leading up to the festival from the start of the month, local businesses have featured maple-related fare and wares as part of the Muskoka Maple Trail.

Main Street will be closed from Brunel Road to West Street from 7:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the day of the festival, and the parking lot at Town Hall will be closed from 9:00 pm April 29 to 6:00 p.m. on April 30.

“The funds that we collect are put back into the festival to keep it running each year,” says Clover. “Springtime in Muskoka is normally sort of a slower time, so it injects some tourism into our lovely town and showcases our amazing maple syrup. So I hope to see everybody there on Saturday.”

Clover adds that they’re still looking for volunteers for the event, and anyone interested can contact chamber@huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca.

Admission is $5, cash welcome, or free for those 12 and under. You can find a full list of activities and vendors at https://www.muskokamaple.ca/.

“It’s going to be sunny and lovely,” says Clover. “Bring your appetite.”

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