Saturday, Sept. 23rd , The PA Maple Producers Council held the annual fall meeting at the Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale, PA. This year the Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association hosted the annual state tour. A busload of maple enthusiasts visited sugarhouses in Lackawanna, Pike, and Monroe Counties: Spring Hills Farm in Dalton, Dutch Hill Preserves in Canadensis, and Lake Russell Maple in Newfoundland, PA.

After learning about the operations at the three sites, the state ambassador candidates prepared for their presentations. Each was to video a 1-3 minute maple commercial and give a 10-15 minute speech about maple production that showcased their knowledge about maple products and their ability to communicate with an audience.

Tori Miller’s commercial video set to a lively tune showcased people eating a variety of maple products. For her presentation, “How Much Do You Know about the Maple Industry,” she surveyed her high school classmates to compile a report on what aspects of syrup production they understood.

In Katie Nebzydoski’s commercial, “A Sweet Family Gathering,” she told her siblings all the ingredients listed on the label for table syrup including some nearly unpronounceable items.

Then she compared that to a maple syrup container listing one ingredient, 100% pure maple. Her siblings tasted the maple syrup on their pancakes and declared it, “delicious.” Her presentation, "Spectral Analysis of the Carbohydrates in PA Maple Syrup," compared sucrose, fructose, and glucose in amber, dark, and very dark syrup.

The audience listened to Kelly and Susan Pratt’s musical entertainment during the final judging. Mikayla Dewing of Warren Center, PA and from the Endless Mountain Maple Association gave her farewell address. She is the last PA Maple “Sweetheart” as the new royalty will be called, “Ambassadors.” Then Laura Dengler of Saegertown, PA crowned the ambassadors.

Tori Miller of Coudersport will be the 2018-2019 PA Maple Ambassador and Katie Nebzydoski of Pleasant Mount the Alternate Ambassador. Tori is the daughter of Mike and Krista Miller and was sponsored by the Potter County Maple Producers Association.

Katie is the daughter of Mark and Audrey Nebzydoski and was sponsored by the Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association. Both girls are high school seniors: Tori attends Coudersport Jr./Sr. High School, and Katie attends Forest City Regional High School.