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LM Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival in Salem

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment
LM Sugarbush Family Farm in Washington County, Indiana.

LM Sugarbush Family Farm in Washington County, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
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You know, one of the things I love about Indiana is the broad diversity of events. There’s always something good and interesting to do around Indy no matter what it is in which you are interested. If you want to go fancy in tux and tails, there are events for that. If you want go to the other extreme, there are events to suit your tastes, too.

One of those events is the 23rd annual Maple Syrup Festival at Leane and Michael’s Sugarbush, 321 North Garrison Hollow Road, east of Salem in Washington County, Indiana, about two hours south of Indianapolis via I-65 to the Scottsburg exit, then west. Last weekend was the first of two weekends of pancakes and maple syrup, old-fashioned games, live music, demonstrations, wagon rides, crosscut sawing, candle making, and lots more at this remote country site in the hills of southern Indiana.

Parking on a county road at the Maple Syrup Festival.

Parking on a county road near the Maple Syrup Festival.

The operative word in the venue’s address is “hollow.” The festival is located on a family farm down in the bottom of a hollow in Washington County. Be prepared to park on the berm of a county road and walk a long way down into the hollow to get to the festival (see photo at right). This means that you also have to walk back up out of the hollow at the end of your visit, which is not a desirable chore if you are elderly or not in good physical condition, and there is no shuttle service (handicapped parking is available on the grounds; show a staff member your handicapped sticker). Wear comfortable clothes and take a good pair of boots (hey, it’s a farm, it’s muddy).

Having said that, the Maple Syrup Festival is a lot of fun. On Saturday there were lots of kids enjoying themselves at the straw maze, the tomahawk throw, climbing Jacob’s Ladder (or not!), and even building a spillway in the creek that passes through the property (I’ll bet that made some parents happy!).

There are many exhibits and vendors. The Sugar Store offers those cute little jugs of maple syrup plus maple cotton candy and maple cream, and there’s a wide variety of merchandise for sale. And, ohhhh, that evaporator room! It’s pretty intriguing just to watch the staff members making the maple syrup with the steam rolling out of that big evaporator.

Pancakes and Maple Syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival.

Pancakes and Maple Syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival.

Of course, no festival worth attending would be any good without some great Hoosier food, and the Maple Syrup Festival lives up to this standard with pancakes and sausage, BBQ chicken, pork chops, pulled pork, and that amazing Waffle Boat Supreme topped with strawberries or blueberries, ice cream, whipped cream and pure maple syrup. OMG.

The Maple Syrup Festival is open for its second weekend, March 1-2, 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There’s no parking fee or admission charge to enter the grounds, but of course you’ll want to take some money for food and any purchases (and a couple of the activities have a small charge). For more information, visit http://www.lmsugarbush.com/, or call 812-867-4491. Here are more photos from last weekend’s visit to LM Sugarbush:

The Evaporator Room at LM Sugarbush

The Evaporator Room at LM Sugarbush

In the Sugar Store at LM Sugarbush

In the Sugar Store at LM Sugarbush

Pure Maple Syrup jugs at LM Sugarbush

Those cute little Pure Maple Syrup jugs at LM Sugarbush

Straw maze at the Maple Syrup Festival

Navigating the straw maze at the Maple Syrup Festival

Climbing Jacob's Ladder (or at least trying to!) at LM Sugarbush

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (or at least trying to!) at LM Sugarbush

"The line forms here" at LM Sugarbush

“The line forms here” at LM Sugarbush

Building a spillway in the creek at LM Sugarbush

Building a spillway in the creek at LM Sugarbush

Tomahawk Throw at LM Sugarbush

Tomahawk Throw at LM Sugarbush

In the Sugar Store at LM Sugarbush

In the Sugar Store at LM Sugarbush

Crosscut Sawing at LM Sugarbush

Crosscut Sawing at LM Sugarbush

LM Sugarbush Deliciousness at the Maple Syrup Festival

LM Sugarbush Deliciousness at the Maple Syrup Festival

Firepower for the maple syrup evaporator at LM Sugarbush

Firepower for the maple syrup evaporator at LM Sugarbush.
All photos are AroundIndy.com staff photos, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 17-23, 2014

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Parke County Maple Syrup Festival

Parke County Maple Syrup Festival, Saturday and Sunday.
Photo provided by Parke County, Inc. and used with written permission.

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Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of February 17-23, 2014

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
VERIFY ALL EVENT LISTINGS DUE TO THE WEATHER

  1. SAT-SUN: Parke County Maple Syrup Fair in Rockville
  2. MON-SUN: 60th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the State Fairgrounds
  3. MON: Joshua Bell in Concert at Ball State University
  4. FRI: 5th Annual Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art
  5. SAT: Ron White Live at the Old National Centre
  6. SUN: College Goal Sunday at 40 Locations Across Indiana
  7. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  8. SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Butler University
  9. TUE: Augustin Hadelich Live at the Indiana History Center
  10. SAT-SUN: 23rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Salem
  11. THU-SUN: 17th Annual Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  12. FRI: Lee Greenwood in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
  13. SAT: Alamire in Concert at Christ Church Cathedral
  14. SUN: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SUN: ‘Down on the Bayou’ at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

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