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Maple Sugar Time Festival at the National Park
Indiana Ag Connection - 02/23/2024

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring during the 47th annual Maple Sugar Time Festival at Indiana Dunes National Park. Come out and tour the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm. This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc. and the farm will be bustling with activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10.

Learn how Native Americans first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. While walking along the maple trail you will pass by the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Kids can learn how to tap a tree at the Maple Fun Zone and can meet some of the farm animals while enjoying a maple syrup snow cone.

Before you head home, tour the farmhouse to see what’s cooking on the woodstove or purchase Indiana maple syrup from the Friends of Indiana Dunes. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers make syrup today.

If you can’t make the festival weekend, feel free to stop by Chellberg Farm and visit with our volunteers at the sugar shack from Saturday March 2, through the festival weekend.

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