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PHOTOS: Sununu and son tap maple trees

  • Gov. Chris Sununu and his 4-year-old son Leo tap a tree at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Patrick Colby adds a de-foamer to the evaporator at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Max Hotaling, 5, tastes his first sample of warm syrup from an evaporator at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Warm, just-boiled, filtered syrup is portioned into sample sizes at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gov. Chris Sununu attends a tree-tapping ceremony at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gov. Chris Sununu holds the tap in place as his 4-year-old son Leo hits it with a wooden mallet during a tree-tapping ceremony at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gov. Chris Sununu attends a tree-tapping ceremony at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gov. Chris Sununu and his 4-year-old son Leo check out the evaporator following a tree-tapping ceremony at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Small syrup bottles decorate the store front at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Small syrup bottles decorate the store front at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)



Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Area sugar shacks have been turning out maple syrup for weeks, but this year’s New Hampshire Maple Producers Association ceremonial tree-tapping took place yesterday at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon. Gov. Chris Sununu and his 4-year-old son Leo did the honors. Maple Weekend takes place on March 25-26.