Hueston Woods to host its 55th annual Maple Syrup Festival

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Photo courtesy of Hueston Wood State Park

Hueston Woods staff members demonstrate how to tap maple trees and make syrup.

Hueston Woods State Park hosts its 55th annual Maple Syrup Festival this weekend and next.

The festival features a demonstration on how to tap maple trees, drain the sap and use it to produce syrup. The demonstration will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  March 5 and 6; as well as during the same time March 12 and March 13 at the park. 

Participants will begin at the beach, where they can enjoy activities such as archery. Festival-goers can also experience a hike through the state nature preserve to learn the art of maple syrup production as well as the history of the area, finishing the tour at the sugar house where syrup will be produced.

The park lodge will be serving pancake breakfasts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during every day of the festival.

In the United States, there are 12 states considered to be maple-producers, with Ohio ranking fourth or fifth in maple production each year, according to the Ohio Maple Producers Association.

Food, beverages, and maple syrup will be for sale throughout the day at the beach and sugar house.