Sunshine brings thousands to Maple Festival

By Julianne Peixoto

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM EST

Marathon, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 44th annual Maple Festival ended on a high note on Sunday with thousands of visitors flooding the streets of Marathon.

Organizers said the cold temperatures and snow on Saturday kept the usual crowds away from the festival.

Donna Collins, Maple Festival organizer, said Sunday made up for the let down of Saturday's crowd.

"Today [Saturday] has been phenomenal, I think it was due to the hard winter that we had," Collins said. "People just wanted to get out, and it's the spring-like weather, so they're here and we're very happy that they are."

The festival began at 9 a.m., hosting activities including chainsaw-wood carvings, helicopter rides, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

The all-you-can-eat pancake meal was a popular hit throughout the day.

Reigning Maple Queen Eryn Griep said she loves how Maple Festival unites people.

"The town comes together," said Griep. "And people from other towns too. I've had people tell me they're from Oswego, and Oneonta, it's amazing, and everyone's together. All the clubs and organizations can come to one spot and show off what they've been working on."

Planning has already begun for next year's Maple Festival.

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