Shaver's Creek holds annual Maple Harvest Festival

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, part of Penn State Outreach, welcomed more than 1,700 guests to the annual Maple Harvest Festival, March 28 and 29. At the festival, Penn State students taught visitors about the maple sugaring process, including first how to identify sugar maple trees.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to drill a hole for a spile, or tap, to collect maple sap, and also to taste the difference between fresh-maple syrup and syrups bought from the store, which often contain little or no real maple syrup. One of the most popular parts of the annual event is the pancake breakfast, where more than 7,000 pancakes were served to guests. The event also included face painting, live music, magic and juggling acts, nature walks, and live bird of prey and reptile shows.

For photos, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2007 online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010