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District gets organized for Festival of the Sugar Maples

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MARENGO – The flowing of the maple sap is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

Area residents can celebrate the coming of spring at McHenry County Conservation District’s Festival of the Sugar Maples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2-3 and March 9-10 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive in Marengo.

The festival offers a chance to learn the history of maple sugaring and the evolution of the sap collection process. All ages are welcome to this free event.

Tours begin every 15 minutes, last about one hour and involve a half-mile hike through the woods. Participants should dress for the weather. No pets are allowed.

Stop for breakfast before or after the festival. The Lions Club is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast simultaneously with the Festival of the Sugar Maples from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at Marengo United Methodist Church, 119 E. Washington St., Marengo; and from 7 a.m. to noon March 10 at Donley’s, 8512 South Union Road, Union (banquet facility side, bar will be open). Breakfast costs $6 per adult and $3 per child.

A free shuttle service will be available between the pancake breakfast locations and the Festival of the Sugar Maples between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday.

For information, call 815-479-5779 or visit

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