Sugar Camp Days offers unique opportunities for the public


Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. You are invited to come take a guided tour through the sugar bush to see different methods of sap collection and watch as staff and volunteers cook the sap into syrup in the sugar house. You can also see demonstrations of traditional sugaring methods.

The New Carlisle Lions Club is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Breakfast is from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with a fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children 6–11 years old. Children 5 and under eat for free. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research, and community organizations.

Demonstrations taking place on both Saturday and Sunday include old-time wood carving, wool spinning, rag rug making, soap making, quilting and pewter casting. There will also be ice carving, blacksmithing, candle dipping and horse-drawn wagon rides both days, weather permitting. New this year, visit the self-guided StoryWalk, a story that you read while walking on a trail! Read Sugar Snow based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and discover how the pioneers made maple syrup!

At the Nature Center, kids can make maple-themed crafts and participate in a harnessed maple tree climb! From 10:00am to 12:00pm each day Liza and Mark invite you to join in on their toe-tapping, sing-along music—fun for the whole family! You can purchase maple baked goods, maple cotton candy, maple cream and Bendix Woods’ pure maple syrup, while supplies last. From 12:00pm to 2:00pm each day Chef Suzanne will demonstrate how to cook several tasty maple syrup dishes, with free samples provided. Additional foods made with maple syrup will be available to purchase at the Sauk Trail Shelter, including maple hot dogs and maple sloppy joes.

Sugar Camp Days hours are 8:00am to 3:00pm. There is an $8/vehicle entrance fee. Bendix Woods County Park is located on Timothy Road, off State Road 2, 8 miles west of the U.S. 31 Bypass. For more information, visit our website at www.sjcparks.org or phone 574/654-3155.

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