Announcing the 7th Annual

Maple mania 2017

June 8 -10 Farmington, Maine

The Maine Maple Producers Association welcomes you to Maine for the Seventh Annual MAPLE

MANIA. The event begins Thursday night, June 8th and continues to Saturday, June 10t with tours, trade show and technical sessions. ALL MEALS ARE INCLUDED in the program from breakfast Friday through lunch on

Saturday, along with Hors d’oeuvres served at the Thursday Night Trade Show. ( Dinner on your own Thursday Night). New this year, we are offering the opportunity to register for the Thursday Night Trade Show portion of the program only at a reduced rate.

The event will be held at the University of Maine, Farmington located at 111 South Street in

Farmington Maine. There will be demonstrations, producer workshops, technical sessions, equipment displays and tours to interest everyone involved in maple, from the backyard producers to the largest producers, packers and wholesalers. These meetings will be a great opportunity to celebrate, learn, meet, eat, have fun and see the latest products developed for the maple industry.

Directions to:

University of Maine, Farmington 111 South Street Farmington, ME

BY CAR: From the SOUTH

Take the Maine Turnpike (U.S. Route 95) North to Exit 75 at Auburn.

Then just follow Route 4 North to Farmington. Or, take the Maine Turnpike (U.S. Route 95) North to Exit 112B in Augusta. Then follow Route 27 North to Farmington.

From the WEST

Just follow U.S. Route 2 East to Farmington.

From the NORTH and EAST

Take the Maine Turnpike (U.S. Route 95) to Exit 157 Palmyra/Newport.

Then just follow U.S. Route 2 West to Farmington

If you have any questions about registration or this conference, please contact: Eric Ellis at 207-474-3887


Lyle Merrifield at 207-415-3001 Or go to the Maine Maple Producers website at

Please Make Room Accommodations Directly.


Registration fom

7th AnnualMaple ‘Mania

June 8 -10th, 2017 in Farmington Maine

Please make room accommodations directly: See attached page

Name or Names


City, State/Province, Zip Code

Telephone & E-Mail

The full registration fee for June 8th thru 10th is all inclusive. The $140.00 fee covers ALL OF THE MEALS, functions, trade show, technical presentations, workshops, tours, etc.

Fee per person         Number of people                                                                                        Total US$

Full registration (BEFORE June 1, 2017) $140.00 Full registration (AFTER June 1, 2017) $165.00

Thursday Night Trade Show Registration Only

(BEFORE June 1, 2017)                                                   $50.00

(AFTER June 1, 2017)                                                         $75.00


Please make checks payable to: Maine Maple Producers Association (MMPA)

Mail registration: Maine Maple Products, Inc., Maple Mania registrations, 449 Lakewood Road, Madison, Me 04950

SCHEDULE (Schedule subject to change-complete schedule will be available at registration desk)

Thursdav, June 8th , 2017

1:00 p.m. Registration desk opens, Trade show set up Dinner on your own

p.m.                                     Trade Show and Hors d’oeuvres

Fridav, June 9th , 2017

7:00 a . m.-8:00 a.m.                            Breakfast

8:15a.m.-4 p.m.                                  All Day Tours

5:30 p.m.                                            Social & Trade Show

6:30 p.m.                                             Banquet & Entertainment

th, 2017

Saturdav. June 10

7:00 a.m.-8:OO a.m.                            Breakfast

8:00 a.m.         Workshops, Trade Show Noon     Lunch

Departure and Safe Travels!

Hope to see you next year in Greenville, Maine 2018

Comfort Inn and Suits

1026 US Route 2 East, Wilton, ME 04294 (207) 645-5155

Colonial valley Motel

593 Wilton Rd, Farmington, ME 04938

(207) 778-3391

Wilson Lake Inn

183 Lake Rd, Wilton, ME 04294 (207) 645-3721

Mount Blue Motel

454 Wilton Rd, Farmington, ME 04938

(207) 778-6004

Farmington Motel

489 Farmington Falls Rd, Farmington, ME 04938

(207) 778-4680

Maple Mania Preview 2017

TOURS – Friday June 9

Long Drive Acres — A growing 1500 tap operation all on tubing — half vacuum and half gravity. New this year, a 3X12CDL wood fired intensofire evaporator, a 600 gph RO and a new 20X54 foot post and beam sugarhouse.

John Prentiss — A new sugaring installation with 2000 taps presently on-line. No sugarhouse as yet. Sap is reduced by RO then trucked to a nearby sugarhouse. Sap lifting techniques can be viewed.

Plaisted Farm Maple Products —A 2000 tap bulk/retail operation. 1400 taps on vacuum, 600 gravity. Utilizes a          wood fired forced draft evaporator and a 600 gph CDL RO.

Claude Doyon — A 2X6 wood fired evaporator. Utilizes a Guzzler diaphragm pump for vacuum.

Black Acres Farm — A 1000 tap gravity set-up. Retail only operation with a self-serve system on the farm. New 3XIO CDL evaporator and a 250 gph RO housed in their 2700 square foot sugarhouse

CDL USA Maine — Newly opened and fully stocked maple equipment store. Also the proprietor of Bowley Brook Maple — a growing 10,000 tap operation nearby.


These sessions may include some or all of the following topics:

Lifting sap

3/16 inch tubing set-up

Business & Marketing of maple syrup

Agricultural Statistics — the newest reports released.

What’s new this year & how did it work —dealer roundtable

Social Media Tips & Tricks

How to Deal with the growth & popularity of Maine Maple Sunday — panel discussion


2017 Maple Mania Syrup and Confections Contest

Enter your best pure maple syrup and confections from2017 in a contest at Maple Mania. You must be a FULL Maple Mania registrant to enter! Bring a hpint sample for each syrup grade entered. For candy bring one box with 6 uncoated pieces. For cream bring one 8-ounce jar in glassor plastic. NO extended shelf life cream is allowed. All entries must be produced by you in 2017 andbecome the property of the Maine Maple Producers Association. All syrup will be placed in similar glass containers without labels for judging, and will be on display during the conference, PLEASENOTE: We will be using the current international maple grades!

If you want to send in your contest entry ahead of time, ship to:

Kathy Hopkins, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976

Telephone: 207-474-9622 or e-mail:

If you ship your entry, please do so well in advance. We strongly suggest that syrup be packed intin or plastic and wrapped securely. The Maine Maple Producers Association is not responsible for damaged or lost entries, or for shipped entries not received by the deadline of4pm, Monday June 5, 2017. Entries close Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8 am.

Entry Form — Maple Syrup and Confection Contest

Farrn or Sugarbush Name:

Producer Narne:

Mailing address:

City, State and Zip

Phone:                                                         E-Mail:

  Grade / Cate o  
S ru Golden Color Delicate Taste  
S ru Amber Color Rich Taste  
S ru Dark Color Robust Taste  
S ru e Dark Color Stron Taste  
Ma le Cand 6 ieces uncoated  
Ma le Cream 8-ounce container  

Questions? – Contact Kathy Hopkins, 207-474-9622 or e-mail:

2017 Maple Mania Syrup & Confections Contest Entry Guidelines


Syrup will be judged in a two-step process as follows:

Step 1: Entries will be evaluated for acceptable density, color, clarity, and flavor according to the following standards:

Density: Should be greater than or equal to 66.00 Brix and less than or equal to 68.90 Brix.

Color: Color category of entry must conform to color grade under which it is entered using an International grade standard color grading kit.

Clarity: Should be clean and clear, with no visible impurities (cloudy, sugar sand etc.).

Flavor: Should be free of off-flavors and representative of grade category entered (a light amber syrup should have a light amber flavor, not a dark amber flavor).

Entries not conforming to the above standards will be disqualified. All entries judged acceptable receive the designation “excellent”, and progress to Step 2forfinaljudging

Step 2: Entries judged acceptable in Step 1 will be judged and ranked according to “best” flavor by a panel of judges. This flavor ranking will be the final and sole determinant of placement for awards.

Maple Syrup Awards

1 st 2nd 3 rd place rosettes for each of four grade categories

A “Best of Show” rosette will be given as determined by the judges.


How Candy Will Be Judged

Appearance — no white areas, or mold, good uniform color, good shape/form

Texture — hardness, crystallization (not gritty) surface texture

Flavor — representative of maple candy with no off flavors

Awards For Maple Candy

1 st 2nd 3 rd place rosettes


How Maple Cream Will Be Judged

Appearance — no separation, no air bubbles, good color

Texture — hardness, no crystallization (not gritty)

Flavor — representative of maple cream with no off flavors Awards for Maple Cream

1 st 2nd 3rd place rosettes

For questions on the contest contact:

Kathy Hopkins, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976

Telephone: 207-474-9622 or e-mail: