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43rd annual Maplefest dedicated to former Lion Mel Walker

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A photo of former Maplefest chair Mel Walker looks over his widow Bobbie Walker and son Criag who were thrilled to take part in this year's event which was dedicated in his memory. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Judging by the crowds that filed through the Cumberland Maple Hall for the 43rd annual Lions Maplefest on the weekend, the event was another major success, raising thousands of dollars for Lions charities..

While an exact dollar figure wasn't available at the time this story was posted on the Internet, the event has raised as much as $4,000 in the past,

This year's Maplefest was dedicated to former chair Mel Walker who passed away in February leaving his wife Bobbie and son Chris to carry on in his absence.

lLion Mel took over as chair of Maplefest in 1991, a position he held until his death this winter.

His son Craig remembers helping to empty the garbage cans when he was just a boy. He would later man the maple products table as a Boy Scout and would eventually graduate to sausages as an adult.

"I've done everything except for pancakes. We have specialists for that," said Walker during a break in the action on Saturday.

While Mel's passing left a tremendous void at this year's Maplefest, the Cumberland Lions Club rallied together to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

"He may not be with us in body, but he's defintely here in spirit," said Walker.

Each year hundreds of people file through the Cumberland Maple Hall for a serving of pancakes, sausages and either hot coffee or orange juice. Many have made the trip to Cumberland Village an annual tradition.

Jeff Stevenson remembers coming to the Maplefest as a boy. He would later go off to college and start a career. When he started dating his wife eight years ago, one of the first places he brought her too was the Maplefest. They've since had a daughter who they've been bringing to the event since she was two.

"I love it. It's one of thosse things that reminds you of your youth," said Stevenson, "and the pancakes are top notch too."

The numbers are stag gering. Over 1,200 pancakes and nearly 2,000 sausages are served every year, not to mention gallons of maple syrup and orange juice,

It takes a massive effort on the part of the Cumberland Lions Club, but the reward comes in the form of close to $4,000 for a number of good causes. Some of the past beneficiaries include the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre, the Ottawa Foodbank, the Canadain Alzheimers Society and various Lions International causes.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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