Saturday, April 10 marked the return of Vergas's favorite spring tradition, the Maple Syrup Festival — and if the pancake feed was any indication, the comeback was a complete success.

Vergas Lions Club volunteers ferried takeout containers filled with fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes, sausage and syrup, along with fresh coffee and orange juice, for drive-through customers at the Maple Syrup Festival Pancake Feed on Saturday, April 10. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
Vergas Lions Club volunteers ferried takeout containers filled with fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes, sausage and syrup, along with fresh coffee and orange juice, for drive-through customers at the Maple Syrup Festival Pancake Feed on Saturday, April 10. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

There was nary a seat to be had in the Vergas Event Center by mid-morning, and more than 400 people were served, both in-person and through to-go orders, which kept the kitchen hopping until nearly noon.

The "Saps Running" 5K Fun Run/Walk drew 80 participants, which was about on par with previous years, according to organizers.

And they're off! A total of 79 runners and walkers took part in the "Saps Running" 5K Fun Run/Walk that was held Saturday morning, April 10, during the Vergas Maple Syrup Festival. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
And they're off! A total of 79 runners and walkers took part in the "Saps Running" 5K Fun Run/Walk that was held Saturday morning, April 10, during the Vergas Maple Syrup Festival. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

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"Remember, this is supposed to be a fun run," joked one volunteer as the contestants lined up at the starting line.

Sydney Karels was the overall race winner, completing the 5K run in 20 minutes and 42 seconds. A complete list of winners can be obtained at the Vergas city website, cityofvergas.com, or by calling 218-342-2091

Eight clues were all that was needed for Kyle Thiessen to bring home this year's Maple Medallion, and a little later in the morning, the kids enjoyed hunting for maple leaves in a scavenger-type hunt for fun and prizes.

"We were very happy with the amount of people who supported the event and the businesses in Vergas," said organizer Sherri Hanson. "It was great to be able to safely host this festival!"