Parke County Maple Fair marks end of winter, when the sap starts flowing

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Winter is nearing the end in Indiana. In Parke County, that means the maple sap is running. Maple syrup producers have already tapped the trees to gather sap for new batches.

It’s also the time of year when you can meet the producers, sample different grades of maple syrup, enjoy homemade pancakes with fresh maple syrup, and buy syrup and other maple products at the Parke County Maple Fair in Rockville. This year’s fair is Saturday-Sunday, February 24-25 and March 3-4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 1472 N U.S. 41, in Rockville.

In addition to the maple products, arts, crafts, and other delicious local foods are for sale.

While you’re at the fairgrounds, pick up maps of the maple camps that will be open to visitors both weekends and the county’s covered bridges. Parke County has 31 historic covered bridges, more than anywhere else in the world.

I toured the bridges during a cross-country drive almost three years ago, and all are accessible. In this case, “accessible” means that you can see them. Some are closed to car and foot traffic, but there are pullouts where you can park for good views and to take pictures.

For more information, visit the Parke County Maple Fair’s page.

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