Park celebrates annual Maple Syrup Festival

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Rotary's proceeds from the pacake breakfast go toward local organizations, such as the schools, and national projects through Rotary International. Pictured are Ryan, Lukas and Susan Raubenstraw.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Maple Syrup Festival featured a presentation of how maple syrup is made at Boardman Park's sugar shack. Pictured is Gabe Manginelli using the park's evaporator to make syrup.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman Park's Maple Syrup Festival featured a number of other organizations as well, including Boarman's Boy Scout Troop 60, which had a basket raffle at the event. The park also invited wood carvers to the community center and had a disc golf tournament during the festival.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman Park set up a few events outside during the weekends of the Maple Syrup Festival. They had Boy Scouts with a camping demonstration, wagon rides through the woods and a disc golf tournament. Pictured are, from left, Anthony DeLuca, Jacob Burkey, Mark Filicky and Nathan Mclaine around a campfire.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman Park had their annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 17, 18, 24 and 25, which featured the Boardman Rotary's pancake breakfast. Pictured are, from left, Rotary members Bill Sweeney, Jill Cox, Diana Nolder, Denny Thompson, Jen Roberts and Maggie Garland.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Boardman Park had their annual Maple Syrup Festival with multiple events throughout the park on March 17, 18, 24 and 25.

The park has had the festival for more than 35 years. They partner with local organizations to provide more activities than just the park’s programming.

They collaborated with the Boardman Rotary for the rotary’s pancake breakfast. They had their breakfast each of the four days at the Lariccia Family Community Center. Jill Cox and Jennifer Roberts cochaired the event.

The proceeds from the breakfast went toward local organizations, such as the Boardman library and school district, and to Rotary International projects, like their campaign to end polio in all countries. The breakfast and their Oktoberfest are their two large fundraisers.

The rotary had a 5k and a mile race on March 24 at the park. Forty runners participated in the event and all had their breakfast at the park. John Brkic chaired the races.

The organization received donations from their sponsors, such as Window World, Valley Industrial Trucks and Home Savings, to have the supplies needed for the breakfast.

The park set up a number of other groups in the Lariccia Family Community Center. The Boardman schools’ arts program displayed students’ artwork in the building for the second year in a row. They invited a group of woodcarvers to show attendees how to make wooden art.

Boy Scout Troop 60 also had a basket raffle inside the community center. The group had a camping demonstration outside as well.

The park had wagon rides and a maple syrup presentation from the park’s sugar shack, where they make maple syrup. The volunteers at the sugar shack collect maple sap in bags and then use their evaporator to make maple syrup.

The final day of the Maple Syrup Festival included the opening of the disc golf season at the park. Justin Edwards, of the Mahoning Valley Disc Golf Association, designed the course. He recently expanded the course from nine holes to 18. The course now goes from the front of the park and into the woods. These new holes require the players to throw around trees and over the creek.

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