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WNY MAPLE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD APRIL 25-26

The 36th annual Western New York Maple Festival, featuring a wide range of delicacies, will unfold April 25-26.

Vendors and exhibitors who want to reserve the same booth as last year must apply by Tuesday or risk being sent to a new location, festival officials said. The festival features a parade, a talent show, music and square dancing, ham-and-leek dinners, and a pancake breakfast on both days.

The festival is the Franklinville community's annual fund-raising event, with about $6,000 in proceeds traditionally donated to local organizations and the village, and about $10,000 used to purchase items from the school system's wish list.

This year, organizers have promised to begin donating $10,000 annually toward the taxpayer cost of a school building project.

Gary Thompson, general chairman of the Maple Festival, said he expects the number of vendors this year to reach 275, with spaces for many of last year's 250 participants already reserved.

Those needing booth applications should contact Thompson at 676-3404 until April 24.

Booths are located in or around Franklinville Central's elementary and high school buildings on North Main Street.

Used merchandise, maple syrup and carnival rides cannot be sold, Thompson said.

Organizers say maple products are sold exclusively at a booth run by a festival committee and located near the front door of the elementary school. Last year a record 157 gallons of syrup were sold.

Syrup in various sizes as well as and candies are supplied exclusively by the seven-member Maple Producers Association, a group that has provided these products for the entire 35-year history of the festival.

Thompson said the association allows the festival to keep some proceeds from the sale of maple products.

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