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Maplewood State Park to host maple syrup making demonstrations

A Friends of Maplewood volunteer shows how the evaporator at the Sugar Shack is powered by a wood burning stove. Similar demonstrations will be given as part of this year's Maple Syrup Demonstration Day on Saturday, April 7 at Maplewood State Park. (Submitted photo)1 / 3
A Friends of Maplewood volunteer shows a couple of young visitors how to tap a maple tree to extract its sap during Maple Syrup Demonstration Day. This year's event is set for Saturday, April 7 at Maplewood State Park. Submitted photo)2 / 3
Counting the rings on a maple tree to determine its age is one of many fun activities held during Maple Syrup Demonstration Day at Maplewood State Park. This year's event is set for Saturday, April 7. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

Have you ever had the desire to learn about how maple syrup is made? Did you know that this northeastern part of the U.S. and Canada is the only place with trees that produce the sap to make maple syrup?

On Saturday, April 6, Maplewood State Park will be busy with lots of activity. The Friends of Maplewood will be there to tell visitors the story of how maple syrup is made, from the tree to the table.

Visit the sugar shack and learn how the evaporator works. There will be stories about how the Native Americans made maple sugar, how the early settlers made maple syrup, and how you can do it at home. We'll show you what trees to tap and how big they should be before you tap them. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; all activities are being offered free of charge.

Over the lunch hour, brats and hot dogs will be available for sale, along with fresh maple syrup. And before you leave, be sure to try one of the free samples of maple syrup on top of ice cream!

The Maplewood State Park entrance is 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Higjway 108. For more information you can check our website, www.friendsofmaplewood.org, or like us on Facebook. If you have questions, call Maplewood State Park at 218-863-8383. Remember you will need a Minnesota State Park vehicle pass ($35 per year or $7 per day).