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New Home for Annual January Maple Conference
Show Moves to State Fairgrounds in Syracuse
SYRACUSE, NY — “Same great show, new location!” After 19 years in Verona, the New York January Maple Conference is moving just down the Thruway to a new location – the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. Known as the “Grand Daddy” of maple conferences, this year’s event is scheduled for January 4th and 5th, 2019 and remains the first of the new year for maple producers throughout North America.
Previously hosted by the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA at the V.V.S. High School, the maple show has played a significant role in the development of the maple industry. The day-and-a-half event will be hosted by the New York Maple Producers Association in conjunction with the New York FFA Alumni Association and Cornell University Maple Team. The conference will follow a similar format as previous years.
Expansions in the maple industry and an ever-growing maple conference led the state maple association to approve the new but very familiar location. The conference’s maple trade show will be housed entirely at the State Fair’s Horticulture Building, home of the association’s Maple Center facility. Typically, more than 60 maple vendors exhibit some 110 booths and displays of maple equipment including evaporators, reverse osmosis machines, sap monitoring systems, tubing parts and tools, and every supply available to maple producers. The conference attracts leading maple equipment manufacturers from across United States and Canada.
In addition to the maple trade show, the conference features educational workshops geared toward a variety of maple topics. Workshops are scheduled on Friday Night and throughout the day Saturday. The presentations will be held in the Art and Home Center, Empire Room, and Horticulture Building. Topics highlight the latest trends, newest technologies, advanced practices, and improved techniques for all phases of maple sap collection, maple syrup production, value-added processes, and marketing strategies for maple products.
Leading maple researchers, presenters, maple confectioners and experienced industry producers share their knowledge and expertise in an open, interactive presentation format. Through demonstrations and discussions, participants have a great opportunity to learn from the best in the maple industry. Conference participants may attend any of the workshops within 4 designated timeslots on Saturday.
Friday night’s program will also include a used maple equipment and supplies auction at 6:00 PM. To register maple items for the auction, send a written, detailed description of the equipment to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 15th. Information on auction items will be made available via email request after December 28th. Auction service fee will be 15% of auction price paid by seller. Auction participants MUST be registered for Friday night’s conference in order to receive a bid number and participate in the auction. Register for bid numbers onsite and payment of items must be cash or check.
The maple conference is the largest of its kind in the United States and has grown from its modest start of 200 people to now attracting more than 1,000 participants from 13 states and Canada. New York’s maple industry has also experienced tremendous growth in maple syrup production and ranks number 2 nationally with production of more than 700,000 gallons of maple syrup.
Conference registration opens at 4:30 PM Friday night; trade show begins at 4:30 PM with maple workshops scheduled between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. A live maple equipment auction will be held Friday night at 6:00 PM. Saturday’s doors open at 7:30 AM with workshops beginning at 9:00 AM.
Overnight accommodations are available at Clarion Inn, 100 Farrell Road, just 5 minutes from the Fairgrounds. Cost of the rooms are $65.99 per night. Phone number is 315-457-8700. Request accommodations under “maple block”.
General pre-registration for this year’s event is $25 for Friday night, $40 for Saturday, or $50 for both days and includes Friday night dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, and Saturday lunch. Deadline for pre-registration is December 1st. Vendor / exhibitor registration deadline is October 15th. For trade show registration information, contact Maple Conference coordinator Keith Schiebel at email@example.com
Keith Schiebel, Coordinator
January Maple Show
(315) 335 – 0887
For Registration information click here: 2019 Maple Conference Registration Form
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