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34th Maple Syrup Festival coming to Pickens

PICKENS — Maple syrup, pancake feeds, demonstrations and more will take place this weekend at the 34th annual West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival.

This annual festival, coming Saturday and Sunday to Pickens in rural Randolph County, has become famous in West Virginia and surrounding states, according to a press release from the Pickens Improvement and Historical Society. The attendance increases every year no matter the weather — which can be unpredictable in March.

The citizens of Pickens are proud of the fact that even though the community is small, everyone pulls together along with friends and family to sponsor the grand affair that is enjoyed by so many.

The festival is unique. While there are no parades, carnival rides or clowns, there are many educational events for all ages. Most of these represent part of the community’s heritage, which people are proud to share. There will be demonstrations on basket weaving, wood chopping and West Virginia crafts — and of course, lots of maple syrup.

Exhibits of artwork and photos, as well as a range of handmade quilts also will be on display throughout the festival.

If weather permits, children’s games will take place throughout the weekend.

The traditional Pancake and Buckwheat Cake Feed will open Saturday at the American Legion Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Pickens School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It also will take place Sunday at the American Legion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal will feature buttermilk pancakes, buckwheat cakes, pure maple syrup and sausage.

There will be a variety of talent on stage at the Opera House located near Hull’s store, as free performances are schedules throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday evening, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., a Ham and Bean Buffet will take place at the American Legion Hall.

An abundance of maple syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, homemade crafts and souvenirs of the festival will be on sale throughout town.

Officials encourage everyone to come hungry and dress in layers.

More information is available online at pickenswv.com.