TROY - The 29th Annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival is drawing near.

The festival is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, at Alparon Park at routes 6 and 14 in Troy.

"The event is growing each year, and we think we have a real good lineup of entertainment and events for this year's Endless Mountains Maple Festival," organizer Cathy Jenkins said.

She noted some improvements.

"Last year, we were in the process of preparing the track for paving, which has been completed so it will be a great addition to the Maple Festival as the rides, games and some of the vendors set (up) on the track."

New this year on the Center Court Stage is Ventriloquist Tom Crowl, she noted.

"It will be excellent family entertainment," she said.

He will perform at 10 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m. on both days she noted.

"Jubal is also a new band for us on Saturday and they do classic rock and a variety of music," she added. The band will be at the trackside stage at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Saturday.

She added that the ride company is planning on bringing an extra ride and offering a "pay one price" special in the hours of 2-5 p.m. for $10.

According to the festival flier:

Both days will feature a flea market and craft show, vendors and maple products, a pancake breakfast served all day, pedal tractor pulls for children by B&H, a ride and game midway by Family Fun Tyme Amusements, the season opening of the Farm Museum (free with Maple Festival admission), an antique tractor display, a 50/50 raffle, lawn and garden equipment displays, and an evaporator display.

On Saturday, April 24, the schedule is: antique tractor display, all day; 9 a.m., farm machinery auction, Gate 3; 9 a.m., Wiggle 100 Live Remote; 10 a.m., ventriloquist Tom Crowl; 11 a.m., music by Jubal; 11 a.m., horse pulls; 12 p.m., ventriloquist Tom Crowl; 1 p.m., kiddie tractor pulls; 1 p.m., music by Jubal; 2 p.m., pancake eating contest; 3 p.m. music by Jubal; 3 p.m. maple products judging; 3:30 p.m., maple baking contest judging; and 4 p.m. ventriloquist Tom Crowl.

On Sunday, the schedule is: car show - People's Choice Awards with trophies, all day; antique tractor display, all day; 9 a.m., chili cook-off registration; 10 a.m., ventriloquist Tom Crowl; 10 a.m., garden tractor pulls; 11 a.m., Battle of the Bands (new band every half-hour until 4 p.m.); 12 p.m., ventriloquist Tom Crowl; 1 p.m., kiddie pull/pull offs; 2 p.m., chili judging; 4 p.m., ventriloquist Tom Crowl; 4:30 p.m., Battle of the Bands winner announced.

The festival Web site

Admission is $3 and all entertainment is free with paid admission. Those under 8 years old are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, according to the festival flier.

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