The Blakes

Paul (left) and Scott Blake sold their golden maple syrup at the 2019 Port Elgin Maple Fest, April 27.

Hub Staff

Despite chilly temperatures this Spring, the sap did flow and Lumi, Paul and Scott Blake of Blake’s Maple Syrup in Lucknow collected their fair share. On April 27 the Blakes travelled to Port Elgin for the second annual Maple Fest with this year's festival organized by the Port Elgin and District Lions Club.

As locals poured into the Missionary Church in downtown Port Elgin, they were greeted by Lions Club member Mary Heimbecker who took orders for the sausage and pancake breakfast, the aroma of which greeted attendees as they entered the building.

Griddle girls Gloria Harju from the Owen Sound Scenic City Lions Club and Tina Skomorowski from the Port Elgin Lions Club were sheltered from the winds that whipped outside and kept a steady supply of fluffy pancakes on the skillet and onto the plates of the grateful visitors.

Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb was onsite to support the event and Port Elgin Lions Club President Ed Buckley was there to oversee and ensure the pancakes kept flipping and the maple syrup continued to flow.

Those who braved the brisk gales found a pony wheel waiting to take little visitors for a ride in the parking lot across the street.


The gusty winds didn’t take away any of the enjoyment from Erika Ribey’s pony ride outside at the second annual Port Elgin Maple Fest, April 27.


Children enjoyed a pony ride after their bellies were filled with hot pancakes, sausages and sweet maple syrup at the Port Elgin Maple Fest.

Tina Skomorowski Gloria Harju

Lions Club members Tina Skomorowski (front) and Gloria Harju were thankful to be indoors while they flipped pancakes for the second annual Port Elgin Maple Fest in Saugeen Shores, April 27.

Vera Verna

Twin sisters Vera Cassell and Verna Thede dug into a plate of freshly flipped pancakes, sizzling sausages and sweet maple syrup.