MacKenzie Maple Festival set for Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Maple Syrup Festival, a fun-filled, educational event for families, is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, from 8 am – 2 pm at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. Maple Syrup Festival is hosted by the Friends of MacKenzie and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The event features free guided tours of the sugar bush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to make syrup, interpretative talks about how Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup as well as current methods used in our own MacKenzie sugar bush.
Participants will have the opportunity to watch home-made ice cream being churned with an antique engine, listen to live music, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. In addition, the wildlife area, which includes animals native to Wisconsin, and the historic exhibits on property will be open.
A pancake breakfast, sponsored by Friends of MacKenzie will be served from 8 am until noon at the Main Lodge. The cost is $7 for those 12 years old and older, and $5 for ages 3 – 11. Refreshments, maple products, and souvenirs will be sold by the Friends of MacKenzie. The Friends will also draw the winners for their quilt raffle at 12 noon.
The MacKenzie Center is located two miles east of Poynette on County Road CS/Q. Find us online at dnr.wi.gov and search “MacKenzie” or at friendsofmackenzie.org or visit the Friends of MacKenzie Facebook page.