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Sunday, February 17, 2008

It's time for pancakes and maple syrup!

Pancakes and SausageFor the next two weekends, day trippers will have the opportunity to head out to the western part of the state for the annual Parke County Maple Syrup Fair.

Pancakes and sausage will served at the 4-H Fairgrounds (just north of Rockville on U.S. 41) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on February 23-24 and again on March 1-2. Art, crafts and local food items will be available in the same building, so diners can mosey around and look at some good ol’ Hoosier stuff before getting back on the road to tour the county's syrup camps, villages and covered bridges.

I hardly ever have pancakes, so it's easy for me to get fired up for this event. The food is good (love the sausage!), and it's interesting and enjoyable to stand inside a sugar shack inhaling the aromas of cooking maple sap and wood smoke on a crisp winter day. The Maple Syrup Fair is nowhere near as popular as the Covered Bridge Festival, so traffic really isn't a problem.

If you're ready to get out for a little while and shake off the February doldrums, a drive out in the country with occasional stops for food and entertainment might be just the ticket. (And if pancakes aren't your thing, the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch at the Turkey Run Inn is terrific!)
J. Silverheels Gray, 3:16 PM

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