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Maple tour successful, according to organizers

By: WJAC Web Staff

SOMERSET, Pa. -- The first ever Somerset County Maple Tour wrapped up Sunday.

Eleven different sites in Somerset County had the process for one of the oldest industries to come out of the county.

Hundreds of people perused Somerset County for the first-ever tour.

"Somerset County is one of the leading maple sugar producers in the state," said Somerset Historical Center director Katie Cordek.  "And we're the county historical society so we thought it would be a great weekend to educate people about whats going on with our very rich resource in our back yard."

Each site offered something different to the visitors but the main focus was the maple syrup and local products.

Organizers offered free food including local maple product as an ingredient.

"It was fairly constant; we had people get here before we were ready. We were aiming for a 10 o'clock start, we had people here at 8:30," said Walnutdale Maple Farms owner Joel Friedline.

At the Walnutdale Maple Farm, the Friedline family showed how they create the maple sugar.

"Most people are interested in how it's made, what's going on, they want to see it," Friedline said.

This was the first year of the tour and several maple producers found the event to be successful.

Organizers hope to hold another tour next year but plan on adding a few more locations.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times