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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
New Exhibits Planned for Maple at New York State Fair
Buckets hang from maple trees collecting sap.
New York State Maple Producers Association will have a new exhibit at
the New York State Fair this summer.
Executive Director Helen Thomas said the exhibit, in the Horticulture
Building, will feature a working tubing system with water
(representing sap) so people can see how the sap moves from the tree
into a collection releaser. The releaser will periodically fill and
dump, creating a noise and splash.
association also is designing a cutaway of a tree to show how the sap
flows up and down in the maple tree as the temperature changes.
two features will highlight a brand new interactive display that will
make folks feel like they are standing in the maple woods,” Thomas
continued. “This display will also provide fairgoers with
free samples of maple syrup. We hope that these new features
will entice people to stop at the maple center where we make all
sorts of confections on the premises, and where they can meet and
talk with the hard working maple producers of the Great State of New
York state ranks second
nationwide in maple syrup production (Vermont is number 1) and
accounts for 18 percent of the nation’s output with 574,000 gallons
produced in 2013.
year, we want fairgoers to encounter the mystery of maple’s sweet
sap,” Thomas said. “How does the maple tree share its tasty
sweetness? How do they get all that sap out of the woods and
over to the sugarhouse? How does the sap become the great
sweetener we know as maple syrup? You can experience these
mysteries first hand by stopping by the new maple display in the
Horticulture Building at the New York State Fair beginning Aug. 21.”
syrup is such a hugely important agricultural industry here in the
state,” said state Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard
Ball. “The primary focus of the Great New York State Fair is
to educate fairgoers about the breadth of New York agriculture and we
are pleased that the New York State Maple Producers Association will
be ramping up their educational efforts at this year’s fair.”
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