Clancy named Ossipee Sap King



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MIKE CLANCY won the 2011 Sap King contest at Mountain View Station Restaurant in Center Ossipee. Here is proudly wears his crown and holds a sample of his winning syrup. (Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
April 21, 2011
OSSIPEE — What started out as a friendly debate between two customers at Mountain View Station Restaurant in Center Ossipee turned into quite the contest Saturday. And in the end, Mike Clancy of Ossipee was named the 2011 Sap King.

Restaurant owner Chrissy Sellars said she's not sure how it happened but word spread fast throughout the town and 150 votes ended up being cast by diners at the event. "It was the biggest breakfast crowd we've had. We are definitely doing this again next year. It was just really, really fun," she said.

Entrants in this year's contest were Sean McManus, Mike Clancy, Barry Williams, Brian Keyes, and Lenny Gale.

Clancy was pretty proud having his lunch and wearing his Sap King crown following the event. His secret to winning he claims is well-preserved sap as the trees on his property haven't been tapped in 100 years, compared to the other more established sapping operations of his competitors, who tap their trees every year.

Winners were chosen by blind taste test as the judges, 150 customers, took numbered samples and poured them on mini-pancakes. Once they decided the tastiest syrup, they placed a ticket in the corresponding numbered sap bucket.

Clancy won a $100 Mountain View Station gift certificate which he put to good use when he returned later that evening, said Sellars, for dinner, still wearing his crown and announcing, "The king is here." Clancy said he is planning a Sap King themed float for the Ossipee July 4th parade as well.

All contestants received a $20 gift certificate and an Official Sap-Off t-shirt. Additionally, one customer's name was drawn and awarded a $50 gift certificate.

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