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A sweet event for all ages

FeaturesA sweet event for all ages

Thousands of people attended the Lion’s Club 2023 Maple Syrup Festival in Paris on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Attendees took advantage of the sunshine as they walked around the shutdown Grand River Street North to explore all the goods the festival had to offer.

Families of all ages joined in on some line-dancing fun during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

From live music to line dancing, food trucks, artisan vendors and more, there was no shortage of things to check out throughout the day.

Youngsters took advantage of a bubble machine during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

Many enjoyed a pancake breakfast provided by the Lion’s Club while others lined up for Nutella churros, funnel cake, corn dogs, poutine and even a pickle on a stick.

Ellay Heys of Paris posed with a Nutella churro during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

Doug “the Great” Hunt was also in attendance at the festival wearing both bunny ears and feet as he sang and danced his way through the crowd taking picture with families of all ages.

Many local residents made the return to the event and enjoyed seeing the community getting out and having fun.

Grand River Street North was filled with thousands of visitors for the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

“I think because we’ve had so much growth lately, today has been great for all the new people to come get together, check out what we have to offer and create a sense of community, plus the churros were really good” laughed Sarah Tonkin.

Many locals had festive bunny ears on for the Easter weekend during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

The event may be a Lion’s Club fundraiser, but the event also helps to give exposure to local shops on the downtown strip.

“Today event is special because it really brings a lot of people here and it helps people see what we have in town and all the beautiful stores we have here downtown, especially those who may be newer” said Julia Mathews, owner of the Paris Bakery.

Julia Mathews and Lexie Clark of the Paris Bakery posed with their table of festive treats during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.
“Doug the Great” poses for a photo with a resident during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2023.

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