Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome to the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Join Us April 24 - 27, 2014

pancake stackThe Festival is held the last full week of April each year. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend April 24th through the 27th. During Syrup Festival week there are numerous garage & yard sales.

Thursday night is our annual Carnival "Buddy Nite". We start the Carnival with buy one ride band and get a second ride band for half price. The Carnival rides open at 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating the our 56th Annual Maple Syrup Festival with you!  The Village of Shepherd is located West of US 127 between Alma/St. Louis to the South and Mt. Pleasant to the North. Google Map.

You may want a copy of the Village Map with event locations and the 2014 schedule of events.

Rhynard Family named Grand Marshalls of Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Parade

Congratulations to Ron and Kennajean Rhynard on being selected to serve as Grand Marshalls during this year’s Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival parade.

The Maple Syrup Festival Board is pleased to announce the selection of the Ron and Kennajean Rhynard family as Grand Marshals of the 2014 Maple Syrup Festival Parade to be held Sunday, April 27th, at 2:30 pm.


Syrup Festival Parade


We hope you will join us this year for the fun and excitement for the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Parade held on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

In order to have a successful parade full community participation is needed. Floats, decorated vehicles, and walking units (including animals) may be entered into the parade.

The parade will start at 2:30pm on Sunday, April 27 and end at approximately 4pm.

We look forward to receiving your entry form by Monday, April 21. Consideration will be given as to parade line-up order based on when entries are received. Please be sure to get your application in early!

All participating units will be required to check in no later than 1:30pm.


Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts Show

QuiltShowQuilters, bring a treasure to share!  It could be a quilted item either made or owned by you. Visitors, come enjoy the skills of local quilt artists. 

The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts will be:

  • Saturday, April 26th, 2014
  • From 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Shepherd High School - in the mat room adjacent to the Gym
    (new site of the Festival Arts and Crafts Show) 
  • Exhibitors may show a maximum of 2 quilts, 4 wall hangings (or table runners) or 1 hand-crafted afghan. 
  • Download a registration form, including guidelines, fill out and return by April 1st .   

Admission to the Festival of Quilts is  $1.00.  This admission ticket will be entered into a drawing and the lucky winners will choose from one of two locally made afghans. If there are questions, please call 989-828-5415.

Princess Pagent update

2013 Princesses - photo courtesy of Fisher PhotographyAge divisions k-2 and 3-5 are full and there are only three more spots in 6-8.

If any young ladies are interested contact Lisa Badour at 989-492-4720. It should be another great year. We have so much fun!

Our pageant is about having fun and making friends, learning that they are strong young ladies and they can do anything they put their mind to.


Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Run/Walk


Race Start Time is 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Late Registration, Start, Finish, and Results will take place at Track & Football Complex just west of the High School. The address of the High School is 100 Hall St. Shepherd, MI 48883.

  • 10k race begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • 5k race begins at 8:10 a.m.
  • The 1/2 mile fun run will start @ 9:00 a.m. and will take place on a course that will start and finish by the track.

Visit the Syrup Festival Run/Walk website for complete details


Local Syrup Merchants

GalPlastic-225x300Delicious Shepherd Maple Syrup is available at the following local merchants:

  • Blodgett Shell & McDonalds - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Mitchell's Deli - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Ric’s Food Center – Mission Street, Mt. Pleasant
  • Shepherd Bar & Restaurant – Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Shepherd Elevator – Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • Shepherd Four Seasons Floral - Wright Avenue, Shepherd
  • The Hair Razor (John’s Barbershop)- Wright Avenue, Shepherd

If you would like us to ship you or your friends our Delicious Shepherd Maple Syrup please see our Syrup Sales Page or contact Sugar Bush President Ron Rhynard via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (989) 621-6031.

Note that the picture of the plastic containers is graphics artist’s composite of several photographs taken in town during the syrup season.

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