Monster trucks rock Maple Festival
The 32nd annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival held at Alparon Park in Troy may be a syrup themed event, but after about 1 p.m. on Sunday it turned into a horsepower exhibition, much to the crowd's delight.
Three monster trucks put on a show which lasted over an hour in front of a filled to capacity grandstand as onlookers cheered during each gravity defying jump that the gigantic vehicles made. With junk cars lined up throughout the course just waiting to be crushed, drivers described the course as a "playground." Attendance for the monster truck portion of the festival is estimated at 3,000 people.
The most innovative monster truck on-site was the XDP sponsored ride of Dave Radzierez, from Tannersville, Pa.
Radzierez's truck is powered by a diesel 5.9L Dodge Cummins engine, a popular power plant found in many street trucks. Radzierez said that the XDP truck is the only diesel powered monster truck in the world.
The vehicle cost about $225,000 to build, he explained.
Jeff Nash of Towanda said he enjoyed spectating the monster truck show with his 3-year-old son Lincoln.
"Lincoln loves monster trucks. He thought it was great," Nash said.
Bradford County native Rick McKay traveled all the way from his residence in West Virginia to spectate the monster truck show.
"I was here last year and I loved it so I decided to come up again and watch these guys," McKay said.
Monster truck rides were available the entire day at the festival, allowing children and adults to experience the feeling of riding in a high horsepower vehicle which sits about 12 feet tall.
"It was awesome," 8-year-old Chloe Prisbrey said just moments after getting off a monster truck ride.
A portion of the proceeds received from the monster truck show is donated to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Carrying on with the vehicle theme, a car show was held which drew a large amount of antique and classic vehicles vying for the first, second, and third place prizes.
However, the event remains a maple festival, with the usual all day pancake breakfast which garnered much attention from those in attendance.
Also on hand were a myriad of vendors offering maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and maple cotton candy. While the thought of maple syrup on a funnel cake may send some readers into sugar-induced spasms, one group of people were spotted attempting it.
The Dazzling Mills Family held three shows on Sunday exhibiting an array of circus stunts such as juggling, acrobatics and unicycling. The show promoted an upbeat atmosphere as the trio performed in front of spectators.
The weather for this year's show ended up being extremely favorable with temperatures in the 70s both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday brought a threat of rain with overcast skies later in the day, but mother nature cooperated without a drop of precipitation.
Barry Estep, chairperson for the maple festival said he was "very happy" with a turnout of about 10,000 people over the course of the weekend. He said the numbers were slightly better than last year.
"We could not have had nicer weather both days," he continued.
Estep also personally thanked all of the volunteers who helped with putting on the event.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.