W.Va. Maple Syrup Festival set to begin today in Pickens

Submitted photo During the West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and Sunday, Blue Rock Farm will open its Sugar House to the public in celebration of 10 years of producing certified organic maple syrup. The sap of 1,500 trees flows into the sugar house, where its boiled down into a sweet elixir in a wood fired evaporator. Sugarmakers Don Olson and Linda Zimmer will be providing tours, samples and refreshments made with this season’s crop. For further information and directions, call 304-335-8239.

PICKENS — The 35th annual West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival begins today and continues through Sunday in Pickens.

The festival offers events representing the local heritage, including demonstrations of basket weaving, wood chopping, arts and crafts, and ax throwing by Appalachian Axe Company.

The traditional Pancake and Buckwheat Cake Feed opens today 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. The event will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall only.

The menu consists of buttermilk pancakes, buckwheat cakes and “100 percent pure maple syrup” and sausage. The cost is $8 for adults and an extra 50 cents for sausage.

For kids 10 and under the price is $6 and 50 cents for sausage. A wide variety of food vendors will also be on hand.

A variety of talent will perform on stage at the Opera House located near Hull’s Store throughout the day today and on Sunday. The performances are open to the public.

The Buckhannon Camera Club will offer a Photo Show downstairs at the Pickens Fire Hall both today and Sunday.

A Ham & Bean Buffet will be offered at the American Legion Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

Raffle tickets will be offered for the official Maple Syrup Festival quilt, crafted by Jill Wasmer Bentley. Tickets are available at the Quilt House & Craft Store.

Paw Patrol & Scooby Doo will be entertaining the kids throughout the weekend.