Annual Special Event
Maple Syrup Festival
Makanda, Illinois
February, 2020


Location: Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, IL

Dates: February 23 - February 24, 2019

Times: 9 am - 3 pm

Description: The Touch of Nature Environmental Center's annual Maple Syrup Festival is your chance to engage all of your senses in experiencing winter. The event will feature demonstrations, live music, vendors, activities for all ages, and of course, pancakes topped with homemade maple syrup. Itís a family friendly event and everyone is welcome.

Dress warmly as most activities take place out of doors. The main focus will be on demonstrations on how maple syrup is made from collecting the sap to converting it into syrup. There will be tree identification hikes and skilled craftsmen will demonstrate hide tanning, woodworking, pottery making, basket weaving, silk embroidery and the making of natural soaps, candles, herbal products and more. Addison DeLisle, art and design research assistant and masterís student, along with other graduate students, will show how blacksmithing is done, and the SIU Forestry Club will present lumberjack competition activities. There will be special activities for children, live musical entertainment, and a variety of vendors.

A special treat is the pancake breakfast featuring syrup made on the property that will be served from 9 am - 1 pm. Kids ages 5 and under eat for free when accompanied by an adult. There is a fee for attending the breakfast and preregistration is required.

Free. The pancake breakfast is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

For information call 618-453-1121
  or visit the event's webpage

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