Lawn Tractor Pull

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,  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!

Jeff Taylor

Sunderland Tractor Pull 2013

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.

Pizza Eating Contest

Attack Your Slices

Sunday April 3 – 11:00 am
Pizza Eating Contest sponsored by Two Brothers Pizza
$5 entry fee. 20 contestants maximum.
In front of the Two Brothers Pizza.

The winner receives a ribbon and a year’s worth of bragging rights.


  • There will be a separate category for kids
  • Contestants must not touch PIZZA until the start signal
  • Must consume all slices to be counted
  • 5 contestants at a time will be given slices of pizza
  • First to finish their slices wins that round
  • Visible signs of sickness will result in disqualification
  • The first round winners then will have a final round to pick the winner.

Entry Fee: $5:00 per person

All Contestants Enter at their OWN RISK

Registration for this event no later than Saturday at 11:00 in front of Two Brothers Pizza to receive final instructions.

We look forward to seeing you and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Pizza Eating Contest 2022

2019 Photos – Pizza and Pancake Eating Contests

2018 Photos
Our first annual Pizza Eating Contest winners, Quinn (Kids Division) and Chad (Adults Division)! 🍕🥇Great job to all of our participants today! A special thank you goes out to our sponsor, Two Brothers Pizza.

Sunderland Freemasons – King Edward Lodge #464

This men’s “fraternity” is a group of residents who are over 21 years of age and believe in “a supreme being.” The group holds regular meetings and provides help in the Sunderland community when requested. The Sunderland Masons have been involved in the Maple Syrup Festival for 24 years. In fact, the late Brother Cliff Foulds was one of the founding members. Every year, the Masons cook sausage and pancakes during the Festival. Each breakfast consists of two large pancakes, three sausages, maple syrup from Harlane Farms, and a beverage. There are child-size portions available as well, and diners can opt for extra syrup and drinks at an additional charge.

Over the years, Lodge members have been involved in the MasoniChip Program – CHIP ( child help identify program – hosted in the basement of the Lodge during the Festival for a couple of years), which works for seniors as well; the Sunderland Music Festival (donate toward a trophy); Durham Police – donated to a Digital speed limit board (information)coming to town a few years ago; a bursary to a graduating student at Brock High School (who contributed the most to the community); donated toward the Skateboard Park at the Sunderland Arena; assisted with the Lindsay Armoury Bouncy Castle Event; sponsored Local (Sunderland) kids hockey team for a few years; school Healthy Snack Program (donated money for some years); and delivered Meals on Wheels for some time. This vibrant organization continues to enhance the quality of life for all Sunderland residents.

For more information, contact Josh Storry at

King Edward Lodge No. 464
5 Albert St
Sunderland, ON

Sunderland & District Historical Society – Historical Quiz

What do you know about Sunderland’s past?

Take the Quiz: The Sunderland & District Historical Society is running a contest providing you with an opportunity to show your knowledge of the village’s history. Anytime between March 1st and May 22nd, try our “Village History Quiz”. Prizes of $50, $30 & $20 will be awarded to the three entrants registering the highest scores. To access and complete the quiz go to

The contest is open to everyone – children through seniors. Just one entry per person! Ties will be resolved by lottery.

Winners will be announced on Canada Day.

Our Society offers several resources to help you to learn more about the history of our village.

A visit to our website at offers archives of articles and resources about our history. You might take our virtual tour (go to: of the village that offers considerable information about Sunderland’s businesses and homes. For those who prefer physical activity, you can follow our guided walking tour. QR codes have been posted at several locations around the village’s downtown. Geographic coordinates that will help you locate these QR postings are provided in the chart below. Using your phone (data plan required), you can read the codes to access brief histories of each location.

1 Museum 44.26338, -79.06848 N 44°15.803 W 79°4.109
2 St. Andrews 44.26304, -79.06831 N 44°15.782 W 79°4.099
3 Town Hall 44.26243, -79.06831 N 44°15.746 W 79°4.109
4 Old Fire Hall 44.26286, -79.06805 N 44°15.772W 79°4.083
5 Dr. Olivers 44.26239, -79.06862 N 44°15.743 W 79°4.117
6 St Marys 44.26238, -79.06877 N 44°15.743 W 79°4.126
7 Blacksmith Shop 44.26226, -79.06885 N 44°15.736 W 79°4.131
8 Nippissing Hotel 44.26237, -79.06826 N 44°15.742 W 79°4.096
9 Oldfield Store 44.26246, -79.06778 N 44°15.748 W 79°4.067
10 Anderson Drugs 44.26248, -79.06760 N 44°15.749 W 79°4.056
11 Pharmacy 44.26252, -79.06750 N 44°15.751 W 79°4.050
12 Freshmart 44.26257, -79.06720 N 44°15.754 W 79°4.032
13 Legion 44.26270, -79.06754 N 44°15.762W 79°4.016
14 MagicDoor 44.26273, -79.06730 N 44°15.764W 79°4.038
15 Home Hardware 44.26279, -79.06694 N 44°15.767 W 79°4.016
16 Brock House 44.26238, -79.066475 N 44°15.743 W 79°4.126
17 CIBC 44.262960, -79.066160 N 44°15.778 W 79°3.970
18 McDermott Block 44.262760, -79.066170 N 44°15.766 W 79°3.970
19 Masonic Hall 44.262419, -79.066150 N 44°15.745 W 79°3.969
20 Taylor Store 44.262680, -79.066420 N 44°15.761W 79°3.985
21 Home Bank 44.262761, -79.066690 N 44°15.766 W 79°4.001
22 Beall Block 44.262620, -79.066850 N 44°15.757W 79°4.011

If you are still having trouble getting an answer, you might resort to Jack Gordon’s book, The Green Pastures of Brock.

Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

Welcome to the new age in Petting Zoos, where the world’s animals come together in an interactive and educational environment. The young and the young at heart will enjoy petting, feeding & learning about the animals that most have only read about or seen on TV.

Watch the children’s faces light up as they ride a live pony for the first time. Don’t forget your camera as you will want to keep this proud moment for all to see.

The Tiger Paw Exotics petting zoo and pony rides are located beside the arena. While the petting zoo is free, pony rides are $5 per ride.

Pancake Eating Contest 2022

Saturday 10:30
by Roadside Country Diner

$5 entry fee. 20 contestants maximum.

The winner receives a ribbon and a year’s worth of bragging rights.


  • There is a separate category for kids
  • Contestants must not touch PANCAKES until the start signal
  • Must consume entire stack of pancakes to be counted
  • 5 contestants at a time will be given a stack of pancakes
  • First to finish their stack wins that round
  • Visible signs of sickness will result in disqualification
  • The first round winners then will have a final round to pick the winner.

Entry Fee: $5:00 per person

All Contestants Enter at their OWN RISK

Registration for this event no later than Saturday at 10:00 in front of the Roadside Country Diner to receive final instructions.

We look forward to seeing you and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Pancake Eating Contest 2022 Poster

2019 Photos – Pizza and Pancake Eating Contests

2018 Photos

Our Pancake Eating Contest winners, George (Kids Division) and Cole (Adults Division)! All of our participants did great!

2017 Photos

Maple Sugaring at Harlaine’s

2024 marks the 27th year that Harlaine Maple Products has welcomed visitors to its sugar shack as part of the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Hundreds of people have visited their farm on Concession 1 south of Sunderland to see how an old-fashioned product is made using the latest in modern technology.

Douglas and Gloria Harder purchased the farm in 1954 from Vince Beaton (sons Jack and Jim) who had previously boiled sap at this maple bush, since 1933. Douglas started boiling at his parents maple bush when he was in his early teens, and continued on after purchasing the property. At age 87, Douglas passed away in 2004.

Paul and his Dad tapped around 500 to 600 taps in the 1970’s, all with buckets. In 1984, they put in the first pipeline with approximately 150 taps. The next year, the whole bush was on pipeline. They always had a used evaporator, approximately, 4×8, and boiled in the bush with no hydro until 1991, when a new building was built near the house. Now there is water and hydro for late night boiling. The building includes an evaporation room, a store, a kitchen and a small bottling room. Once this building was erected, we were able to expand and now have approximately 2,500 taps.

Photo By Harriet Drake At Harlaine 1
Old Fashion boiling – Photo by Harriet Drake

In 2011, we finally purchased a new Lapierre Force 5 evaporator. It’s all stainless steel and very efficient. We still fire it with wood, and it can process approximately 250 gallons of sap an hour. On a good year, with many cold nights and warm sunny days, we can make approximately 1700 liters of maple syrup. We also make maple butter and maple sugar candy, for sale along with the popular maple syrup. During the festival years, we have seen over 4,000 people come out to the bush to watch the syrup being made. We have had people involved for the last 18 years of the festival, hosting bush tours, demonstrating maple syrup production, boiling sap in a large kettle as the pioneers did, and showing how the native people boiled sap using a hollowed out log and hot stones from the fire.

Harlaine Maple Products store is open during the festival, plus we have a booth on the main street of Sunderland. In 2012, we hosted the first tapping for the Kawartha Haliburton Maple Syrup Association. We are also members of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.

Harlaine Maple Products have toured the world and we are proud to be able to produce pure maple syrup: A Canadian tradition. As for recipes, we always enjoy fresh maple syrup on Old Fashioned Johnny Cake, maple syrup pie, maple butter tarts and maple apple crisp. Maple Syrup is also excellent on fruit and with carrots, squash and turnip.

REMINDER: Get your bus tickets for a tour of Harlaine Maple Products at Sunderland Public School during the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!

Making Maple Candy at Harlaine

Maple syrup season is in full swing here at Harlaine Farms. Here is the process of how we make maple candy. Starting with bowling down the syrup, then running it through a machine to create the candy texture. The moulds are filled, cooled and then ready for snacking. All of this is done hands on at our family farm in Sunderland.

video credit Katie Harder

Book Sale 2024

  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunderland Branch Public Library
41 Albert Street (Sunderland Public School)
Sunderland, ON

Over twelve years ago, the Friends of the Sunderland Library began a series of fundraising initiatives to help support the local Sunderland Library Branch. Our earliest endeavors included activities such as raffles at the Fall Fair and garage sales on long weekends but ultimately the Book Sale was seen as our greatest success. That sale has now become our main fund raising activity. During the Maple Syrup Festival each year, the FOSLs hold a book sale at the library site on Saturday and Sunday. We have incredible support from a small group and we are very fortunate to have the assistance of local authors and individuals who are active in the book business. Community members also are a major source of books we sell in support of the library. All funds collected, by donation only, are used to support local library activities. Those include both youth and adult programmes , visiting authors, DVDs/ e-Books, receipt machines, magazine subscriptions, and books purchased from local independent book stores. Our most ambitious purchases to date have been the public Wifi system, book shelves, Dungeons & Dragons resources, and musical instruments. Recently, we provided almost half of the funds for a 3D printer.