Pure maple syrup, hiking and maple-flavored candies are among the attractions coming to Marengo next month at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Festival of the Sugar Maples.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 7 and 8 and March 14 and 15 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive in Marengo.
Since 1979, the McHenry County Conservation District has taught thousands of visitors and school groups about the process of turning the sap from maple trees into syrup, according to a news release.
This year’s festival was made possible in part by a donation from Suburban Propane, according to the release.
Union Lions Club also will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon March 8 and 15, at Union Fire Protection District, 6606 Main St. in Union. Breakfast will cost $6 per adult and $3 per child.
The Festival of the Sugar Maples is free and open to all ages. Hourlong tours will begin every 15 minutes, and involve a half-mile hike through the woods. Visitors are advised to dress for the weather, and asked not to bring their pets.
Pure maple syrup from Wisconsin, maple-flavored candies and cookies all will be available to buy. Festival goers also are welcome to take home a tap spile and instructions on how to make their own syrup at home, according to the release.
For information, call 815-479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.