Boardman Park hosts annual Maple Syrup Festival

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Volunteers for the Boardman Rotary served community members pancakes at the annual Boardman Park Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast March 24.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Boardman Park employee Pete Cordon demonstrated how to make Maple Syrup March 24 at the park's annual Maple Syrup Festival.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Musicians with Mr. Dave's Guitair Classes performed for community members March 24 at the Boardman Parks's annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Boy Scout Troop 60 hosted a Chinese Auction at the Boardman Park March 24 during the annual Maple Syrup Festival.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Community members who attended the Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast at the Boardman Park March 24 were able to participate in Boy Scout Troop 60's Chinese Auction with had 40 available baskets.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

Boardman Park hosted their annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast on March 24 at the Lariccia Family Community Center.

The event runs for four days, over two weekends, and includes stands from a variety of organizations across the community.

The Boardman Rotary hosted the pancake breakfast according to the chair of the event Mandi Moran.

“It’s a fun way to raise money that we put on every year,” Moran said.

She explained that the breakfast is $6 to attend and free for children under age 6.

Along with unlimited pancakes community members get two sausage links and coffee, tea, orange juice and water.

“We give everything back to the community that we raise,” Moran said. “We donate to the Boys and Girls Club, the Boardman library, Good Will and others.”

Along with the breakfast, Boy Scouts Troop 60 hosted a Chinese auction during the event.

Performers from Mr. Dave’s guitar classes also provided entertainment for community members.

Art from Boardman Center Middle School fifth- and sixth-graders were on display throughout the center as well.

“This is all under the Maple Syrup festival,” Moran said. “So it’s a big community event.”

The Boardman Park also had a display during the event where they presented some history on the park and sold maple syrup to the community.

The park also hosted hay rides and maple syrup tapping demonstrations.

“We had over 900 people the first day and we expect it to continue to grow throughout the weeks,” Moran said.

On March 30, the park also hosted a 5K and one mile walk during the event.

Community members could pay $30 to participate in the walk, which came with a free pancake breakfast.

“The runners meet right off the Southern Boulevard entrance and the is goes through the park,” Moran said.

For more information on upcoming Boardman Park events, go to www.boardmanpark.com.

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