The Vermont Maple Festival and the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers' Association yearly choose two individuals to represent the Maple Industry for the State of Vermont.
Your 2022 Maple Ambassadors
Congratulations to Evan Fletcher & Charlie Schurman for winning the VT Maple Ambassador Contest for 2022-2023! They both will be representing the VT Maple Industry in promotion, publicity & education at events for the VT Maple Festival & VT Maple Sugarmakers Association.
Evan lives in Fletcher, VT and is a 7th generation sugarmaker helping his family run their 1000 tap sugarbush. He does everything from fixing the lines, tapping, boiling and pulling the spouts. Evan enjoys doing the boiling at his parent’s retail business Vermont Maple Outlet where he educates not only the tourist but locals as well. Evan is a junior at Bellow Free Academy in Fairfax where he plays varsity basketball and baseball. He works part-time as a life guard at Smugglers Notch Resort in Jeffersonville.
Charlie lives in Jay, VT. helping her dad on their 56,000 tap operation. She walks the line making repairs, helps truck sap, helps with boiling and with pulling taps. Maple sugaring has become more than just helping her dad but something she looks forward to doing every year. Charlie is a junior at North Country in Newport. She is plays soccer, snowboards and runs inside and outside track. Her summer job is a leadership role teaching new employees at Cajuns in Lowell.
Who are the ambassadors?
In the past these two representatives have always been known as the Maple King & Maple Queen. It has been decided that these representatives will be known as "Vermont Maple Ambassadors" to better reflect their actual roles, and the expectations of the Maple industry. Two individuals, a male and a female, will be chosen to represent the Vermont Maple industry at functions throughout Vermont and New England for one year. A $2500.00 scholarship donated by Vermont Maple Sugarmakers Association and The Vermont Maple Festival and the Franklin County Maple Sugarmakers Assoc. will be awarded to each recipient. This Scholarship competition is open to any Vermont student ages 16-21. The candidate does not have to come from a sugaring family, but they must have knowledge and experience about maple sugaring.
Who they represent
The Vermont Maple Ambassadors have the honor, the responsibility, and the fun of representing the Green Mountain State’s signature product during their reigning year.
What they promote
The Vermont Maple Ambassadors promote, publicize, and educate the public with their maple knowledge. They take part in Fairs, Festivals, Field Days, and are in attendance at most significant events where maple is a part of the occasion. The Vermont Building at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts is one of the places where the Maple Ambassador will frequently play host and hostess.
Being chosen as a Vermont Maple Ambassador, and taking part in the activities throughout the year, is an experience that provides memories for a lifetime.
The Ambassador Scholarships
Sponsored by Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, Vermont Maple Festival, Franklin County Maple Sugarmakers Association