POYNETTE, Wis. -Maple Festival, a fun-filled, educational event for families is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette.
Students participating in the Maple Education Program at the MacKenzie Center gather sap that will be used to make syrup for the center’s Maple Fest April 7.Photo credit: DNR
The event features: free guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to make syrup, interpretative talks about how some Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup, as well as, current methods used in our own MacKenzie sugarbush. Visitors will get to explore the Ciporoke (pronounced Chee-poe-doe-kay) a typical spring home used by members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in historic sugar bushes.
Participants will have the opportunity to watch home-made ice cream being churned with an antique engine; listen to live, old-time, country music; and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. In addition, the wildlife exhibit, 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 a.m. 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 annual quilt raffle at 12, noon.
- Festival hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Wildlife viewing: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Pancake breakfast: 8 a.m. – noon
- Horse-drawn wagon rides: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The MacKenzie Center is located two miles east of Poynette, WI on County Road CS/Q. Find us online at dnr.wi.gov and search “MacKenzie.” Maple Festival is hosted by the Friends of the MacKenzie Environmental Center and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.