Admittedly, most maple syrup festivals are wrapped up by April, so even by May it’s a little late in the year for a maple harvest festival. However, don’t try telling the folks in Coudersport that; they are little bothered by this otherwise inconvenient tidbit. Their Potter-Tioga Maple Festival has been an annual delight since 1968 and it grows richer and more vibrant with each passing year. Held in syrup country, this festival is rooted as firmly as the sugar maples harvested.
If it is traditional you seek, the Maple Festival has you covered. In customary fashion, there are sugaring demonstrations followed promptly by an impressive selection of maple syrup that one could ever desire. There is the traditional pancake breakfast. Various demonstrations are held through the festival such as solar viewing, chainsaw carving, and late in the evening a star-gazing party congregates at the courthouse square. The Historical Society gives free tours of the town and the library has a used book sale. A delicious Chicken BBQ by the Coudersport Fire Hall on Saturday simply cannot be missed.
Friday, the art and food vendors set up for nonstop action. Carnival rides and games operate all weekend and prove great fun for the family. Sure to be a crowd pleaser is an intense obstacle course sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Live music plays through the weekend, adding even more levity to an already easygoing town. On Saturday, arrive early to get a spot for the very popular Maple Sweetheart Parade followed promptly by the crowning of the Tioga Maple Sweethearts. Saturday is also the Classic Car Show and Cruise. The hallmark of a day nonstop with fun is curled up under the starts as the Maple Festival ends with their Moonlight Movie.
Admission is free and parking is free.