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Maple syrup festival returns as drive-thru


Ken Neuenschwander cooks up some delicious-looking, thick fluffy pancakes at a past Maple Syrup Festival at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church.

KIDRON  The pandemic has presented some sticky challenges to keeping people safe, but Sonnenberg Mennonite Church has found a sweet solution so it can offer its annual Maple Syrup Festival this year.

Similar to previous years, the pancakes are made-from-scratch, thick and fluffy; the sausages are specially seasoned; the syrup is made from local maple sap; and the event benefits church missions and missionaries.

The main difference is the event is drive-thru only instead of dine-in.

The 23rd annual Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Maple Syrup Festival for Missions is 7 to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday at the church, 14367 Hackett Road, Kidron.

The pancake and sausage breakfast is by donation. The meal includes pancakes, syrup, sausage and orange juice and coffee.

The menu has changed slightly to accommodate the drive-thru but it “is still a nice full breakfast,” according to Ken Neuenschwander, chairman of outreach and service ministry.

“The mission organizations we support are in greater need than ever,” he said. “The meal is by donation and we have our own special seasoned sausage links and patties in 1-pound packages as well as our own maple syrup in pints and quarts for sale in the drive-thru line.”

Proceeds support the church’s mission and missionaries, including Bridge of Hope/Liberia; CAMO/Honduras; Camp Luz/Kidron; Lighthouse Ministries/Canton; Linda Thorn/Thailand; MCC/worldwide; Open Arms/Wayne County; Oryangurens/Argentine; People to People/Wooster.



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