Pancake Eating Contest

Sunday 12:30

Pancake eating contest sponsored by The Roadside Country Diner.

$5 entry fee. 20 contestants maximum.

In front of the Roadside Country Diner.

Pancake Eating Contest Poster 2017

Fine Art Show/Sale

20110206-blog1aSaturday and Sunday in the lower Town Hall. Featuring original and local artwork. Come out and meet the artists and see what they are up to. Many will be demonstrating. If you are interested in participating please contact Paul South Application on the front page.

Clean Up your Act and enter the BATH TUB RACES

Centre of town at High Noon The Junior Farmers’ have decided this year to have bath tub races so Clean up your Act and join in the fun. Make that bath tub real pretty, dress up with a wild imagination and win BEST DRESSED

Call David Jibb, President of Durham West Junior Farmers Call 705-357-3040 (home) or 705-340-0312 (cell) or email to find out how your team can enter and win fabulous prizes in this Saturday crowd pleaser!

Midway 2017

Gable BrothersGable Bros Amusements Midway is proud to be a part of the 2016 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Outdoor amusement company operating in Ontario, offering ride, games and much more.

Our goal remains the same, to provide a good, clean and safe midway for folks to enjoy and remember. We carry a great selection of rides, games and food concessions, all staffed by courteous, uniformed employees. We proudly serve events throughout Southern Ontario.

Midway Specials

Saturday Open 10:00am to 5:00pm
Coupons are $1.75 per coupon or 20 coupons for $30

Sunday Open 10:00am to 4:00pm
Coupons are $1.75 per coupon or 20 coupons for $30

Bus Tours 2017

Harlaine Farms

Salem Alpacas Farm

Saturday – Salem Alpacas, Harlaine Farms & Teledale Farms
Sunday – Salem Alpacas & Harlaine Farms

jodie2016 marks the 22nd year that the Sunderland Maple Syrup festival has offered bus tours at an economical price. In the past, there have been excursions to B.H. Farm in Sunderland, Ed and Dorothea Barkey’s sugar shack in Cannington, and to Harlaine Maple Products in Sunderland to see how tree sap is magically transformed into delicious and nutritious maple syrup. There have also been tours to an alpaca farm, a petting zoo, a koi farm, and a goat farm.

This year, tour buses will be visiting Harlaine Maple products, Salem Alpacas and the Teledale Farms. Two local businesses help make the annual bus trips happen. Stock Transportation provides the buses and the drivers, and the staff from the CIBC bank in Sunderland take on the responsibility of ticket sales.

CIBC Manager Jodi Buck says, “We love our community and we want to be part of our community.” “We are thrilled that the proceeds all go to the community. We all benefit greatly from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and the wonderful work it does.”

“Everyone likes jumping on the bus and going on the tour together,” said Sharon Graham, Charter Coordinator at Stock. “It gives people from out of town a chance to see our community and what it has to offer.” Visitors from as far away as Windsor have joined the thousands of people who take the Stock bus to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival trip destinations.

angelaMaureen Nicholls, Operations Manager at Stock, pointed out how much the festival has grown over the years. Usually two buses run, but sometimes it is necessary to add more. Local drivers Harry Sarvis, Angela Hubers and Al Simpson have been providing transportation for the Festival every year since it started. Stock has even had a bus driver from Pickering volunteer to participate. “He wanted to be part of it,” said Maureen.

“We have our business in the community and we want to show our support for the festival,” she added. Driver Angela Hubers always looks forward to the Festival. Taking people on the tours “is fun,” she commented.

Lawn Tractor Pull 2017

an Exciting Annual Event

The 4-H Club’s Lawn Tractor Pull is one of the favourite annual events at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.

This year the action gets underway at 11:30 on Sunday, April 2 at the corner of Albert St. near River St.

The lawn tractors are modified by the 4-H members themselves, and designed to pull weighted sleds. The SMSF event will be a demonstration only, but it’s good practice for the 4-H kids who will be entering competitions later in the year.

This attraction is lots of fun for visitors to watch, and even more fun for the competitors!

Sponsored by Flindall’s Freshmart


We do things a bit different in the north. This is the 4H tractor pull from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival on April 7, 2013.