Fires are burning, smoke is billowing and vats of maple sap are boiling. The second of two weekends for the Parke County Maple Syrup festival is coming. The festival will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., March 4-5.
It takes 60 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of real maple syrup.
Not only is the festival an educational and fun time for the family, but it pleases the palate, too. Visitors are invited to partake of steaming platters of fluffy pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup, made right here in west central Indiana.
The place to start is at maple syrup headquarters, the fairgrounds located one mile north of Rockville on U.S. 41.
In addition to seeing how the syrup is made, you can visit Mansfield, located north of Brazil on S.R. 59. The Mansfield Village Welcome Center will be open. Kids can pick up a Sugarhouse coloring book before the family heads over to Fox's Kitchen inside Fox's Overlook for pancakes and maple syrup.
Mansfield shops will also be open where you can find souvenirs, home-cooked foods, maple syrup and maple products to take home.
You will probably want to visit the historic Mansfield Roller Mill, covered bridge and waterfalls.
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