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Vt. maple sugaring season officially underway

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STOWE, Vt. -

It was the ceremonial start of Vermont's maple season in Stowe Thursday.

The governor and his entourage hiked through the woods at Trapp Family Lodge to tap a maple tree.

The season started late this year because of the cold, but the weather couldn't have been better for Thursday's event.

"Oh, I see sap running, I really do. Come on now, don't let that sun disappear on us now," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont. "And warm weather is coming, so come on, so give us a hand. We tapped it, we are in business."

"This is one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the state of Vermont. We hear story after story of people putting on 10,000, 20,000 taps per year," Vt. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross said.

The governor says the state has doubled maple production in the last 12 years, making a million gallons a year.

Moments after the tree was tapped, the sap started to run.

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