Maple syrup festival held at Boardman Park

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Boardman Rotary Club served up plenty of pancakes at its maple syrup festival held at the township park.

Boardman Rotary members flipped pancakes as part of a big fund raiser, with an even bigger goal.

“This year we’ve set our goal close to $20,000. In years past we’ve came close, but we’re on track this year,” said the event’s co-chairman, Mason Shattuck.

Shattuck expects they’ll serve almost 5,000 people in the event’s two weekends.  He said the more people they serve, the more they’ll be able to give back.

“This breakfast allows us to raise funds to give back 100 percent of the proceeds to the community to various schools, organizations and nonprofits around the Valley,” said Shattuck.

Just outside of where the hot pancakes were being served, Pete Cordon was making the syrup.  He said it’s important to show folks where the real stuff comes from.

“People are going to forget about it in years to come if they don’t know what it’s about and when you grow up and have Aunt Jemima and not the real stuff,” said Cordon.

Especially since this winter hasn’t been good for its production.

“It’s been too cold and it gets too warm and the sap stays up in the tree so we’re unable to get a lot of sap this year,” explained Cordon.

For those who may have missed out Sunday, it’ll all be back next weekend for another round.

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