Marathon, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - A sweet tradition returns to Marathon, where hundreds in the community are celebrating Maple Fest.
As Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski shows us, the 2-day event takes an entire year of planning to pull off.
Marathon is one of only a few towns in the country that has a Maple Fest committee.
They have meetings once a month, year-round in preparation for the big weekend.
The 20 people in the committee have the large task of booking almost one hundred vendors for the event.
"The local churches, classes from the senior high school, they all have some sales whether it's food, chicken bbq, different foods going on, crafts, and it helps out everybody in the community some way or another," said Katie Fox, a member of the Maple Fest Committee.
"Well you get to see how they make maple syrup, and there's lots of arts and crafts, great food to eat. It's a great day out," said Gary Rosa of Fresh Meadows.
"There's this really cool balloon guy that makes parrots, and there's ice cream," said Bridget Kenyon and Nora Gagnon of Greene.
This is the third year that Knickerbocker's Meat Market has set up shop at the event.
"Maple fest is something that has embraced this town for quite a while, and it's a nice venue for local businesses. We've done very well here the last 2 years, and we're hoping to do well this year," said Brad Knickerbocker, of Knickerbocker's Meat Market.
Festival goers could even hitch a ride on a helicopter, or see local woodcarvers in action.
But maple syrup stole the show, like it has for the last 40 years.
"There are families everywhere, old and young. They're all together, it's really great to eat together with a bunch of people who have no denomination other than maple syrup," said Robin Carubia of Ithaca.
A sweet weekend for families and businesses, 365 days in the making.
In Marathon, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.
Maple Fest continues Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Main Street in Marathon.