|January 29, 2011|
|8:00 am||to||2:00 pm|
Potsdam Maple Expo Coming January 29 – Pre-registration Open Now
By Steve VanderMark
Sr. Extension Educator
This year’s St. Lawrence County Maple Expo, the daylong educational program with tradeshow and exhibits for all those with an interest in maple syrup-making, will be Saturday, January 29th at the Potsdam High School. The Expo has features of interest throughout the day for beginners to more experienced syrup-makers, or even for those just wondering about maple possibilities with their woods. Forest owners often pick up tips they can use with their woods as well. The various educational presentations and other attractions at the Expo are planned with local interests in mind, thanks to involvement and co–sponsorship of the St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Mr. Sipher’s classes at the Potsdam High School. Attendees can have a choice of educational classes, an on-site pancake style lunch, and a great chance to talk with others who attend. Along with the presentations, that also is a great way to learn new tips.
Samples of this year’s class presentation topics are: Maple Tubing Research Update; Managing for Best Maple Flavors; Tap Hole & Tubing Sanitation for Productivity; Sugarbush Management by the Numbers; RPM “Sweet Trees; Customer, Visitor, and Product Liability Insurance Update; Security Issues for the “Open-for-Business” Sugarhouse; Sugarbush Strategies for Low Impact Timber & Firewood Harvesting; Leasing Taps, Buying & Selling Sap; and Panel Discussions with five experienced syrup producers for novices and those more advanced.
Guest presenters include Cornell Maple Program Specialists Mike Farrell and Steve Childs, N.Y.S. Extension Forester and Cornell Maple Program Director Peter Smallidge; St. Lawrence Co. Under-Sheriff Scott Bonno, Mr. William Tulley of Farm Family Insurance, the producer panel, and others. The extended midday lunch period also provides time for guest speaker commentaries and casual discussion, such as with maple industry/equipment dealers, or other exhibitors.
Admission is again only $15, payable at the door, which includes all classes, tradeshow, and lunch for participants. Additional all-day attendees from the same maple operation, farm, or family need only buy lunch, approx. $7.00 at this printing. If not attending classes, the public may also visit the Expo for free to meet maple producers, exhibitors, and even purchase lunch. Lunch proceeds to benefit the Potsdam High School FFA program.
The Potsdam High School opens for the Expo at 8 AM, with introductory announcements by 8:45. The school is located across from the hospital at 29 Leroy St., on the east side of the village. Just follow the blue hospital signs. The approx. hour-long classes begin at 9 AM and conclude at 3 PM, with a choice of two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Mr. Sipher’s student aides will assist as guides and with registration.
Free space may still be available for exhibitors with appropriately-related displays. Those interested should contact the extension office below as soon as possible.
Pre-registration by Friday, January 21 is highly encouraged for material and event planning. Contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County office (315-379-9192) or Sr. Ext. Educator Steve VanderMark (firstname.lastname@example.org) for preregistration, details, and updates.