Visit Our Exhibit

Cumberland Fairgrounds
Cumberland Center, Maine
Always the Last Week of September (Sunday to Saturday)

SMMSA Exhibit

Cumberland County Fair
Sugarhouse - 2016
Was a Success !

It was a week of typical fall fair weather  -  sweaters, boots, raincoats and on some days - mittens!   Maple Coffee from local coffee maker Wicked Joe's flew out the door!  It might have been the flavor, or perhaps the warmth!   Many sugarhouse visitors left with a maple ice cream sundae - ice cream from Shain's of Maine topped with syrup produced by SMMSA members proved to be a perennial favorite.  That said, the maple cotton candy continues to reign as the fair-goer's #1 choice! 

Thank you to all who visited the sugarhouse!  We enjoyed talking with many 'back-yarders' about their operation and sharing our knowledge of maple.   Visitors were interested to know how to find their favorite syrup on the enhanced grading system now in use across the U.S. and Canada.   Maple Day on Friday brought a packed house for pancake breakfast, syrup sampling and multiple cooking demonstrations.

SMMSA members volunteered before, during and after the fair to ensure that the sugarhouse was ready for opening day, well-staffed during the week to welcome visitors, and buttoned up on the other end.  A most heartfelt 'thank you' to all who contributed  -  it wouldn't have been a success without you!


SMMSA operates a fully functional sugarhouse at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. It is becoming a destination exhibit at the Fair where the public can learn more about how we do what we do, taste maple cotton candy and maple syrup over ice cream, and purchase maple syrup as well as an array of products made with maple syrup.

Full members have the opportunity to consign maple syrup and value-added products to the sugarhouse - this is a great opportunity to market your sugarhouse to a potentially new audience.  By displaying a variety of products, we are promoting what can be done with maple.  Consignors return 10% of their sales to the association and commit to staffing the sugarhouse during the week.  We also look forward to help from others who are not consigning but are willing to spend some time with us.  This helps to ensure the sugarhouse is properly staffed.  Sharing information, insight, and a love of maple with the public gets people excited about all that maple has to offer  -  it's fun! 

Field Trip Day is Monday when  we typically entertain about 1200 kids. They are typically on an information scavenger hunt so are full of questions!  Tuesday is Senior Citizen Day and Wednesday also sees a lot of kids since they have ½ price midway tickets that day. Friday is Maple Day at the sugarhouse - this is a full day of demonstrations and sampling.  It is guaranteed to be well-attended and busy. 


From Gray Village, take Route 100 toward Portland approx. 4 miles to the blinking yellow light.

Copp Motors will be on your left.

Turn left onto Skillings Rd.

Proceed on Skillings Rd. to the T and bear right onto Blanchard Road.

The fairgrounds entrance will be approx. one mile on your right.

The saphouse is next to the museum on the backside of the racetrack.