St. Joseph County Parks has been in communication with the St. Joseph County Health Department and is following their guidelines and recommendations for public health related to the Coronavirus. Based on those guidelines, St. Joseph County Parks has canceled Sugar Camp Days, scheduled for March 21 and 22 at Bendix Woods County Park.
The decision was made out of caution to minimize risk of exposure to park visitors, park volunteers and staff. Although the event is mostly outdoors, there are components to the annual maple syrup festival that put large numbers of people in proximity with each other.
Because the timing of the event is in conjunction with maple sap flow during late winter temperature swings, it is not possible to reschedule this year. Attendance at Sugar Camp Days averages between 2,000-3,000. Over 80 volunteers, artisans and partners typically assist with the event.
“We are disappointed about the cancellation because for staff and volunteers the festival is a highlight for us, but parks have always played a role in public health and it is critical to keep the welfare of our visitors, volunteers and staff at the forefront,” says Evie Kirkwood, Director of the County Parks.
Questions can be directed to Evelyn Kirkwood, Director, St. Joseph County Parks: 574-2774828