Paris Maple Syrup Festival 2020, A Bitter Sweet Edition

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This past Saturday, the Paris Lions would have hosted their 9th annual Maple Syrup Festival Downtown Paris. The COVID-19 pandemic requirements involving physical distancing meant this event had to be cancelled. Though it was a difficult decision to be made, the importance of ensuring the safety and health of all was of top priority.

In the spirit of looking forward to future Maple Syrup Festivals, let’s take a minute to review this amazing event and thank those that work so hard to put it on…

The Paris Lions Maple Syrup festival began in 2011 thanks to an idea from the late lion, Dan Moore (2014). With no outdoor events happening until June, the Lions thought this would be a perfect way to bring the community together after a long winter season, to celebrate local maple syrup, and to earn the much-needed fundraising dollars to fund local projects all year long.

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What started off small with the Lions pancake truck, a few vendors, and local entertainment, has grown to a shutdown Grand River Street, a sold out vendors list and an entertainment schedule for the whole day. A local hit with the community as well as visitors, each year the participation grows with an annual attendance of 3000 and counting. The Lions truck serves 2000 hungry patrons flipping 3500 pancakes and using 75L of syrup.

Downtown Paris businesses also participate and last year created a pancake passport initiative offering free giveaways and encouraging local shopping for visitors at the event.

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Always leaders in community positivity and perseverance, the Paris Lions look forward to hosting their tenth annual Maple Syrup Festival next year on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 and we can hardly wait!

Join us as we give thanks to this amazing group who continuously serve our community, who always lead by example, and who never stop in their quest to bring community together.

Thank you for all you do Paris Lions! We can’t wait to see you again and look forward to your smiling faces!

The Paris Maple Syrup Festival is held annually in Downtown Paris on Grand River Street between William Street and Mechanic Street from 7am – 3pm.

For more information on events and Brant Businesses impacted by COVID-19 visit www.brant.ca/Brantworkstogether.

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