Maple Syrup Festival Returns To Shepherd

A Michigan village kicked off one of its biggest festivals of the year today.

It all revolves around maple syrup.

The 57th annual Maple Syrup Festival is underway once again in the village of Shepherd in Isabella County.

The village begins planning the festival at the beginning of every year, cooking sap tapped from local maple trees.

Pancake meals, a carnival and maple syrup sales across town are only a few of the events planned for the weekend.

Organizers say it’s one of the largest tourism draws for the area.

“It is one of the biggest things annually that we have here in the village and it brings so many people in,” says Gina Gross, one of the festival committee members. “There’s so many, so many people, volunteers that come in and help with this event. It’s phenomenal.”

Those who go to the Maple Syrup Festival this weekend will also have an opportunity to donate to the effort to help victims of this winter’s downtown fire that destroyed several businesses and apartments.

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