Over a Thousand Attend First Weekend


Can you believe it? This past weekend, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374 served nearly one thousand five hundred (1500) people at the 51st Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Richards Landing.

For over ½ century Branch 374 have organized this event as a key fundraiser, ensuring the doors stay open to continue to support the Veterans and their families, as well as help so many local organizations. The success of the Branch quite simply is reliant on the significant Community involvement.

On the first weekend of the Festival, five hundred and thirteen (513) volunteer hours were generously donated. While some are members of the Legion, many volunteers are individuals from the area. The Richards Landing Legion is grateful to be blessed by the kindness of so many.

Opening day included dignitaries volunteering as servers, cleaners and pancake “flippers” including: M.P. Carol Hughes, M.P.P. Michael Mantha, St. Joseph Township Mayor Jody Wildman, Exalted Ruler Rod MacIntyre of Echo Bay Elks Lodge 535, St. Joseph Island Lions President Mike Trainor, 49th Field Artillery Regiment Chief Warrant Officer RCM Ken McCracken as well as Sandie and Bert Leith from the S.J.I. Horticultural Society.

One of the Festival’s yearly volunteers is quoted: “It is not if I want to volunteer, but when I am available… this is how we keep our Legion open.”

In addition to local patrons, guests traveled from Wawa, Thessalon, Heyden, Sault Ste. Marie, and as far away as Switzerland. The international guests were visiting one of the local families, illustrating how so many make the Festival an opportunity to gather with friends and family.

April 14th & 15th is the closing weekend for the 51st Annual Maple Syrup Festival at the Legion on St. Joseph Island. The cost for all you can eat pancakes and sausages topped with sweet local maple syrup, served with coffee, tea and juice is $9.50/adults, $8.50/seniors and $5.00/children.

This is your invitation to attend. All are welcome!


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