The Parke County Maple Syrup Festival is already underway, with one more weekend to go. But don’t worry, there’s still time. The festival runs February 27 & 28, and March 6 & 7.
At the end of the winter, Parke County’s maple syrup producers begin tapping their maple trees for their syrup. Visitors can travel around Parke County, visiting the “sugar camps” — Foxworthy, Williams & Teague, Smiley’s Camp, Sweetwater Farms, and Baird’s Sugar Shack — and learn how maple syrup is made.
Festival headquarters are located one mile north of Rockville, Indiana on Highway 41 at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds, from 8 am to 4 pm. You can get maps and information for the different sugar camps, and spend the day driving around the county. You an also enjoy pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at various locations.
You can also try pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and maple syrup cookies. And don’t forget to check out the works of Parke County artisans and their handmade crafts, baked goods, and jams and jellies. Local artists will also feature their works and have them for sale.
The Parke Players will also perform a play at 8 pm during all four days of the festival. Tickets are $7, and and can be bought at Syrup HQ or at the Ritz Theatre.