ST. ALBANS CITY — While the Vermont Maple Festival wasn’t held in earnest for the second straight year since the start of the pandemic, the results are in for several contests and events held over the weekend in honor of the annual celebration.

A three-day event held annually in downtown St. Albans, the Vermont Maple Festival celebrates maple syrup, the first agricultural crop of the year. The festival typically includes food demonstrations, live entertainment, a parade and an antique show. It draws thousands of visitors from across Vermont and New England.

This year’s festival was to be held April 23-25, but did not take place in the usual way due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s virtual events included a window display contest among businesses in downtown St. Albans City, the selection of Vermont Maple Ambassadors to take part in regional maple industry events for the next year, and an art and photo contest.

Here are the results from this past weekend’s events:

Window display contest

1st: Red House Sweets

2nd: As the Crow Flies

3rd: The Eloquent Page

People’s Choice: Rail City Salon

Vermont Maple Ambassadors

— Abigail Gagne, of Highgate

— Dustin Beloin, of Westfield

Sappy Art Show winners

Best of Show: Maple Horses watch, Susie Caron

1st: Sugarhouse Road, Charlotte Parot

2nd: Spring Fever, Fred Johnson

3rd: Sugaring, Nicole Gadouas

People Honorable Mention: Sugarmakers, Charlotte Parot

Scenic Honorable Mention: Maple Rain, Susie Caron

Process Honorable Mention: A Good Year’s Work, Claire Payne

People’s Choice: Maple Horses Watch, Susie Caron

Amateur Photo Contest winners

Best of Show: Every Drop Counts, Jessica Sweeney

1st: A Leaf Waffle with Vermont Maple, Michelle McNall

2nd: Who Needs a Bucket, Jessica Sweeney

3rd: Contemporary Spout, Barbara Tenney

Scenic Honorable Mention: Waiting, Carolyn Lewis

People Honorable Mention: Not Ready Yet, Tammy Menard

Process Honorable Mention: Sweet Success, Tammy Menard

Process Using Maple: Maple Meringues, Barbara Tenney

People’s Choice: Vermont Babies, Gene Ann Kinney

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