Sweet times ahead for Akron residents

March 17, 2014 by  

Akron residents who have a sweet tooth have a treat in store. The Hale Farm & Village in Bath, about nine miles from Akron, is hosting a Maple Sugar Festival and a pancake breakfast.

The festivities celebrate maple sugar making, which is a time-honored activity in the Cuyahoga Valley. Visitors to the farm can make their own candy, learn about the Hale family, and enjoy demonstrations at this living history site.

This year, festival-goers will be able to see various artifacts used in maple sugar production on display in the Gatehouse. The festival is suitable for everyone, and activities include talks about maple trees, demonstrations of methods of tapping maple trees for the sap, demonstrations of syrup making, syrup sampling, and, of course, treats of maple sugar candy.

Visitors will have an opportunity to ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Maple Sugar Express, which will run March 22 and 23. Tickets for the ride are on the railroad’s website. The festival from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with pancakes served until 3:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, while breakfast is $5.

Festival organizers could work with a banner printing company to create flags for the festival. Since much of it is outside, the banners will move in the wind, catching the eye and creating interest.