The third weekend of February, 23rd and 24th, and the first weekend of March, 2nd and 3rd, marks the 50th annual Parke County Maple Syrup Festival in Rockville. March marks the time that maple syrup producers start tapping the local maple trees to produce their sugar maple syrup for the year.
If you love maple syrup, you’ll want to be on hand to watch how the syrup goes from tree to table, distilled from 60 gallons of sugar water to a single gallon of sweet, sweet syrup. And you’ll want to sample some of last year’s harvest at the county’s different pancake breakfasts and whole hog sausages are served all day long, from 8 am to 4 pm. (Meal prices are $6 for adults and children over 6, and $2 for children 6 and under).
Maple Fair Headquarters are in the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds, just a mile north of Rockville, Indiana on US 41.
Local maple syrup producers from Smiley Sugar Camp, Sweetwater Farm, Baird’s, Meri-Arch Farms, and Williams and Teague Sugar Camp will be at the fairgrounds or out at their camps. You can watch the producers as they start the process, hear how they get their golden goodness, and maybe even try a little sample along the way.
Inside the 4-H Building, you can also get a variety of smoked ham, bacon, and sausage, as well as different cheeses available.
And of course, you can’t visit the Covered Bridge Capital of the World without visiting a few covered bridges. So before or after your visit, take a lazy drive around the county and check out a few covered bridges from Indiana’s 19th century history.