MARATHON (WBNG) – The Maple Festival Extravaganza ’49 and Holding ‘was held this morning as a drive through event where residents could enjoy their favorite maple goodies from the comfort of their car.
At today’s celebration, long lines of cars stopped to buy maple syrup, cotton candy, maple butter, and more.
The festival organizers say the title of this year’s festival is “49 and Counting” instead of the 50th annual Maple Festival. This is because the organizers say the title will not be returned until the festival has returned to its full status.
A total of 10 vendors lined the sidewalks of Appleby Elementary School, including those who did not sell maple-based products for the celebration.
The event also featured various goodies sold by each Marathon high school class. the freshman class from 2024 with fried cucumber and onion leaves to the senior class from 2021, in which French fries, cheese fries and Spiedie sandwiches are sold, among other things.
Vendors say they brought more items but would have to limit the number of products they brought on sale due to the new drive-thru platform.
This was the first major in-person event for the City Marathon, which for many marked a return to a modified version of a normal year’s Maple Festival.