With sugaring season in full swing in New York State it seems every weekend there is a Maple Festival on the calendar.  This time it's Marathon's turn.


Since 1971, the community has been celebrating the seasonal arrival of the sweet, sticky treat with pancake-eating contests, juried arts and crafts and quit shows, bake sales, and, of course, maple syrup.

The 2019 festival takes place April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green on Main Street (Route 221).

The pancake eating competition is held at the Marathon High School Auditorium with eaters hoping to break the record of 35 flapjacks, served 3 at a time, in 15 minutes.  The Festival's website says the record is held by competitive eater Joe LaRue from Northern Kentucky.

If stuffing yourself isn't a big attraction, other scheduled features at the festival include horse drawn wagon rides, sheep dog and sled dog demonstrations, helicopter rides, music and vendors.

More on the festival can be found at the 49th CNY Maple Festival website.

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