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40th annual Maple Sugar Time at Chellberg March 3-4 and 10-11

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Enjoy a taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 40th annual Maple Sugar Time festival.

The event will run on two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4 and 10-11.

In addition to the free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion's Club.

One-hour tours will start every 20 minutes on each day. Learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s.

Try your hand too at drilling a tap hole and lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoy a free taste of pure maple syrup. Then warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, will be available for sale on site. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to make syrup today.

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call ()219) 395-1882.

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Posted 2/28/2018




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