The 51st Maple Syrup Fair is set for two upcoming weekends in Parke County, Indiana: February 22 and 23, 2014, and March 1 and 2, 2014.
The festival headquarters is located one mile north of Rockville, Indiana, on United States Highway 41 at the county 4-H Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps and information will be provided for all the places you’ll want to visit in Parke County. Pancakes are served all day with whole hog sausage and golden maple syrup.
As winter ends, Parke County’s Maple Syrup Producers begin tapping the maple trees that provide sugar water for making maple syrup — and you can tour maple syrup camps throughout the county and see how maple syrup is made at Foxworthy, Williams & Teague, Smiley’s Camp, Sweetwater Farms and Baird’s Sugar Shack.
At the headquarters, maple syrup displays offer products such as pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy and maple syrup cookies. In addition to maple syrup products, you will find the works of Parke County artisans, handmade crafts, home baked goodies, and jams and jellies. An annual highlight of the Maple Syrup Festival is the Covered Bridge Art Association art display. Local artists will demonstrate their talents and have works of art for sale.
The Butcher Shop offers smoked ham, bacon, country pork sausage and cheese so that you can take home some of that great country flavor. Parke County Collectibles is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There you can shop for handmade and homegrown products, including handmade dolls and appliquéd clothing to woodcrafts and oil paintings.
(Photo courtesy of Park County Maple Syrup Fair)