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.
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.
"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!"