About the Festival

Founded in 1941, the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Corporation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that exists to promote the production and sale of Michigan-made maple syrup in Eaton and Barry Counties. The festival itself began as a barber shop discussion in 1940 between local syrup producers regarding how to best sell their product.

Vermontville, founded in 1836 by The Rev. Sylvester Cochrane, is a village in western Eaton County home to approximately 800 residents and over 500 maple trees. Vermontville, nearby Nashville, and the surrounding areas are served by Maple Valley Schools, a K-12 public school district established in 1963 and serviced by the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency.

 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Corporation Officers

Name Position Phone
Steve Hayes President 517-242-0458 or 517-667-1344
Tony Pruden Vice President 517-881-0453
JoDee Pruden Secretary 517-281-2807
Britiney Rumsey Treasurer 517-331-3537
Producer Name Contact Phone
Vermontville Festival Corp. (Maple Manor) Steve or MaryAnn Hayes 517-242-0458 or 517-242-3253
Benedict Family Maple, LLC
9505 Round Lake Rd.
Vermontville, MI  49096
Dixon Farms
7690 W. Lawrence Hwy.
Vermontville, MI 49096
Ed & Janice Dixon
Mark Dixon
Haigh’s Sugar House Farm, LLC
6903 S. Lacey Lake Rd.
Bellevue, MI  49021
Larry Haigh & Family 269-763-3107
Martin Maple Products
Rt. #1, 5720 Brown Rd.
Vermontville, MI  49096
Merle Martin 517-231-4841
The Pennock Family / Mari-Way Farms Rodney Pennock 517-331-6599
Trails End Maple Syrup
10354 W. Kinsel Hwy.
Vermontville, MI  49096
Mike & Stephanie Thorne 517-852-9798
Wilson’s Sugar Bush
9646 Thornapple Lake Rd.
Nashville, MI  49073
Event Contact Phone
General Information Steve or MaryAnn Hayes 517-667-1344
Talent Show Sarah Shoemaker 517-231-4994
5K Run Tiffany Blakely 269-838-4350
Children’s Parade    
Queen’s Court Christine Terpening 517-231-3740
Little Miss Maple Syrup Pageant Kelly Flory & Brittney Flory  
Flea Market Leslie Wagner 269-816-4431
Puff Dragon Tractor Pull Rex and Dustin Cook  
Arm Wrestling Shane Hickey 517-202-6975
Pancake Derby Rob Trowbridge 517-726-0221
Vermontville Arts & Craft Show Cheryl Sheridan 517-726-0614