Mr. Speaker, in the year 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival as the largest of its kind when the crowd surpassed 66,000. That record is testament to the community spirit of Elmira, from volunteers, sponsors, local groups and the township of Woolwich.
This year, though, organizers and media estimated a crowd of 75,000 enjoyed Waterloo region's hospitality.
I salute chair Ken Jessop and the entire team for their accomplishment and for raising $60,000 for local groups: schools, sports clubs, the local library and not-for-profits of which 29 in total shared this year's proceeds. It is great fun for a great cause.
On April 5, 2014, next year, we will celebrate the 50th Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.
I operated a dental practice for almost three decades, but this retired dentist invites all hon. members of the House and, indeed, all Canadians to join us in Elmira next year to indulge their sweet tooth, but do not forget to brush and floss.