Medora Maple Syrup Festival

Maple syrup enthusiasts take note!!

Springtime in America means that maple sugaring season is upon us, so it’s time for the third annual National Maple Syrup Festival.  It’s an event of such monumental proportions that it will transform the small Southern Indiana community of Medora (population 565) into a sugary frenzy.

Though there are about 100 maple syrup producers in Indiana and countless festivals, this is the first and only national maple syrup festival in America – which is a pity because you can never have too many maple syrup festivals. This iconic festival, with a history stretching back as far as 2009, is held during the first two weekends in March at Burton’s Maplewood Farm and the Medora Community School.

Entertainment and activities include: tapping maple trees, visiting historic encampments, listening to live music and of course eating everything from pancakes and sausage to maple pork chops and maple baked beans with 100-percent maple syrup are just the beginning of the activities visitors can expect.

The Mellencamp Maplehouse features a demonstration on how maple syrup is made. It’ll also be the first public viewing of what’s thought to be the largest fireplace in the country. This 10½-by-7-foot stone fireplace provides plenty of heat for the syrup making – and a good place for visitors to get warm.

At the festival there will be a vast range of things to do including: rope-making demonstrations, workshops on morel mushroom hunting and elk hunting, see chainsaw carving demonstrations by Jason Emmons of Bear Hollow Wood Carvers and a member of the Echo National Wood Carving Team.     

The family-friendly festival involves the entire community and attracts visitors from around the country. Visitors park at Medora Community School, where several events, including judging for the Sweet Victory Challenge baking and cooking competition takes place.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Heads Up!!! Foundation, which will use the money for the Riley Hospital for Children’s “Camp About Face” at Bradford Woods, a summer camp for youth with craniofacial anomalies.

Burton’s Maplewood Farm is at 8121 W. County Road 75 South Medora, Indiana (20 minutes west off I-65 between Louisville and Indianapolis)

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