Maple Weekend Kicks Off on Saturday

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

Wyoming County, N.Y (WKBW) The 18th Annual New York Maple Weekends is scheduled to run March 16-17 and March 23-24.

It is an event that draws big crowds each year, and maple producers eagerly look forward to the weekends because it helps them sell fresh maple syrup.

Across the world, demand for real maple syrup in increasing and that is causing a boom in maple syrup farmers here in WNY.

"We started with twelve producers in Wyoming County and now we are up to over forty producers," said Lyle Merle, owner of Merle Maple Farm on Route 98 in Attica.

Merle Maple Farms is on of the largest maple producers in WNY, and they are planning a host of activities for Maple Weekends including demonstrations, wagon rides, and an operating air cannon.

More details about Maple Weekends can be found at www.mapleweekend.com