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Vermont Maple Festival

  • 2.5

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Vermont Maple Festival
St. AlbansVT 05478
(802) 524-5224

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: Some events are free - Others have a fee. Check Web site.

Parking: No - http://www.vtmaplefestival.org/Directions.html

Features: Snack Stand, Restrooms, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Area

It is Maple and more at the annnual Vermont Maple Festival in downtown St. Albans. There is something for everyone!

A maple exhibit hall and contests, antiques, crafts, fiddler's variety, youth talent, a sap run road race, sugarhouse tours, pancake breakfasts, carnival, historical museum, entertainment, and traditional maple treats all topped off by the grand parade on Sunday.

Other activities include: Pony rides, concessions, and exhibits on Main St., great food, maple cotton candy, carnival rides and games for children of all ages. 

Check the full schedule before you go.

 

SHUTTLE BUS

Free Shuttle bus on Saturday ONLY. Runs every 15 minutes from Collins Perly to Antiques Show Craft Show, Exhibit Hall and the Park.

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mamalLama

  • 4

Reviewed on 04/24/2015

I have three boys, currently 13, 7, and 5. We went the last two years in a row and had fun, but we never went near the fair rides, which was easy to do since they were all in a parking lot behind some buildings downtown. We enjoyed the food and craft displays at the high school--and just walking around to see everything. We took advantage of the free samples of maple syrup in Taylor Park, and somehow the boys always ended up with a free balloon or two. Handi has also given away free hot dogs or burgers on Sunday, in the past. I do not know if they will be doing that again. My husband and oldest son liked the fair food along Main Street, and the parade has always been the main event for us. There was some live entertainment on Main Street as well. Be sure to check the schedule and pick which events are for you, because some are spread around and might be missed if you just come into town and start roaming around. I believe there is a shuttle from Collins Pearly, for those who may be worried about parking, though we have never had a problem. There are also busses to sugarhouse tours. Both of these may only be available at certain times, so referring to the online schedule is a must....more

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VermontGal

  • 4

Reviewed on 04/22/2015

This is a largish festival, which has a little bit of everything: food, craft fairs, a parade, vendors, carnival rides, and more food.

On a nice weather day, this can be a fun outing for the family. It is fairly stroller-friendly but be aware venues are spread throughout downtown St. Albans. The shuttles help, but they aren't available on Sunday.

Unfortunately, this event can get expensive since there are a lot of child-oriented things that cost money. Notably: the carnival rides, the pony rides, and food. If you are on a budget, be prepared to have to say no.

There *are* a lot of fun, free things to do, like the parade, the maple sampling, and the like.
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kindermusikwithamy

  • 4

Reviewed on 04/29/2012

Had a great time yesterday with my 2 year old. She especially enjoyed the pony ride! The food was yummy & the people were friendly. Lots of strollers though so be prepared to be patient! :P

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taragl

  • 4

Reviewed on 05/05/2010

It's true that St. Albans is a community in transition, which is why we love going to the annual Maple Festival to support the city's positive growth. I have a middle-schooler and a toddler, so finding events with activities for both age groups is sometimes a challenge; however, the festival had something for each of us.

We arrived just as the first runners were finishing the Sap Run. We cheered on a few incoming marathoners and decided right then and there to begin training to run the 8.5 mile race ourselves next year!

Then we headed toward the fair rides, which my 11-year-old loved. We arrived just after opening and had the place to ourselves. The ride operators were friendlier than I've seen at other street fairs and the rides were in good repair. One of the attractions required two riders and my son waited just a few minutes until another similiarly-aged boy arrived alone and they went together.

By that time, the rides area was filling up and we headed back up to the vendors for lunch. It's true, you won't find any grilled salmon wraps with arugula here, but it's a fair -- you'll find fried fair food! I haven't had a corn dog in so long... it was a decadent treat.

Next, we stopped at the ponies, which was a favorite of my toddler. He also had a great time playing in the grass at the park while we ate lunch. We found sticks, rocks, and even a worm to explore. From there we went over to the maple exhibit hall to see the maple syrup and products contest. I'd love to see a stroller-accessible route to maple exhibits marked more clearly. I found a set of stairs down to the hall, but no elevator or sign directing us to one.

By that time, we had been at the fair for nearly three hours and the little one was wiped out. We decided to skip the parade (even though we had a choice viewing spot in front of the movie theater!) and bring him home for a nap instead. As other reviewers have said, this is not an upscale community, but the festival isn't a dirty or dangerous place. If you're looking for a down home street fair, give it a try.
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carap

  • 1

Reviewed on 03/19/2010

I agree with the previous posters. This fair has the opportunity to be a fun, educational, family event. Instead it is more like a bad country fair with dingy rides and bad food. I won't be returning any time soon.

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jvpvt

  • 2

Reviewed on 04/22/2009

If you like long lines for rides, THIS is the event for you! Or you can throw away $6.75 and get a quart of frys!

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vtdubief

  • 1

Reviewed on 04/27/2008

I have to agree with wallabear - it was kind of disappointing. There wasn't really much to do, the park was kind of grungy, and the food options were limited to "mostly fried" or "all the way fried." I wouldn't rank this as a top kid-friendly venue.

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wallabear

  • 1

Reviewed on 03/07/2008

I was hoping for an exciting and entertaining time but was a little creeped out by the dingy atmosphere. I can see how it can be a fun event for the kiddos but don't leave them out of your sight.

My favorite part, however is the pancake breakfast and the pretzel stand...yum!

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