Vermontville, Michigan is a village in Vermontville Township of Eaton County and is located about 30 miles southwest of Lansing. The village is home to the original maple syrup festival in Michigan. Vermontville has a total area of 1.27 square miles with an estimated population of around 755 residents. The village is also home to over 20 local businesses, which are a cherished part of this small town.
The Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival has been around since 1940 when the idea was proposed to sell more maple syrup and promote the village. Since then, during every last full weekend in April, residents from all over the state gather to partake in the celebration. Maple syrup, candies, crème, and cotton candy are available to enjoy. Additionally, there are Mid-America rides, a talent show, arts and crafts, parades, a petting zoo, entertainment, and a pancake derby for attendees. Maple Valley Schools eleventh grade women are also eligible to compete for the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Queen title.
Vermontville has three public parks that allow visitors and residents to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the village. One park is a part of the Public Square and has a Vietnam Veteran’s memorial along with playground equipment and picnic tables. The two other parks have ball fields, basketball courts, and playground equipment. There is also a canoe/kayak launch at Mason Road and the Thornapple River for those who enjoy water activities.
Maple Valley Schools serves 1,100 students in Vermontville and the village of Nashville. The district has one preschool and child care center, two elementary schools, a junior-senior high school, and an alternative high school. Maple Valley Schools works hard to provide a nurturing environment that creates productive citizens with lifelong learning skills.
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