The Shaver’s Creek Maple Harvest Festival has been going strong since 1984, and through the years the charm and energy has only magnified. Geared for people of all ages, this wholesome event is sure to spark intrigue and inspire hearts. Not to be missed are the wonderful animal shows, the impressive local music; of course the maple syrup is fantastic too. For any naturalist, this is the Maple Harvest Festival to end all Maple Harvest Festivals and is a sure-fire way to enjoy the day with the family.
The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is held on Saturday and is included in the festival admission. After downing the delicious hot flapjacks, visitors learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees from experienced volunteers. After touring the trees, the sugar shack is open to the public. Daily demonstrations by costumed interpreters teach old colonial and Native American maple sugaring techniques.
This festival is held in the breath-takingly beautiful Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Such as it is the Maple Harvest Festival takes advantage of its location at a wildlife center by introducing live animal shows which individually highlight wild lizards, birds of prey, and Pennsylvania mammals. The shows are lively and energetic and sure to spark wonder in kids of all ages. Shows are held almost every hour through the weekend so there is no risk of missing out. For the kids, there is a rock-climbing wall and story-telling. Live music plays all day, both days and is a lively mix of bluegrass and acoustic folk.
Admission cost is nominal and there are discounts for children under 12 and members. Parking is free.