Every March the folks over in Highland County ready themselves for the thousands of tourists that invade their little town of Monterey for the annual Maple Festival. This year I was the lone member of our family to make the trek--and finally here's a post about this much anticipated excursion.
I love going to the Maple Festival! I love the drive over three mountains to get there. I love seeing sheep in the fields along the way and spotting a syrup bucket or two hanging on trees as I pass some of the Maple Tours.
Finding a parking spot is the only drawback. One tiny street is just not enough for the hundreds of cars that arrive for the pancakes and maple syrup that are in high demand. Cars are everywhere--pulled into little nooks and crannies wherever there's room. One of the vendors said that one year cars were backed up 5 miles waiting to get into town!
Two places I make sure I visit each year...the birdhouse man's booth and a local gardening shop, Morning Glories and Moonflowers. This year I needed a bird feeder and found just the perfect one. (Photo coming when it's installed.) The garden flag shown above wasn't for sale in the shop, but you can find it here.
A new booth I hadn't seen before was one featuring walking sticks. After much walking around town, I was tempted!
I even love the little key rings you purchase for $2 for admittance to the craft booths in the local school. In the shape of a maple leaf, they are different colors each year. Oh, the many maple leaf key rings we have at our house! And what if I had missed this year? The color was PURPLE!
It was a great weekend to attend the Maple Festival--and I loved it!
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