I am a city girl at heart. I love living in Indianapolis. I love all the people and all of the activity and things to do. There are things that aren’t so great about the city (I’m looking at you, traffic), but I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

 

That being said, I’ve found that nothing clears my mind and recharges my batteries like getting away to the country for a little while. My parents retired a few years ago and moved to Jackson County, Indiana, and their house has become my getaway when life gets too hectic at  home. My boys love all the wide open space and helping Grandma feed and take care of the horses. I love the scenery – it is absolutely beautiful, and nothing in the city can compare. As I type this I am sitting on my mom’s couch, watching the sun rise over the trees. There is simply nothing like the beauty of rural Indiana, no matter the season.

 

National Maple Syrup FestivalI’m so excited to come back to Jackson County in a few weeks for the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana. I had my first taste of Indiana maple syrup at the Indiana State Fair last year, and it was DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to sample some more, and with King Arthur Flour sponsoring the Sweet Victory Challenge, I am hoping to sample some yummy maple-flavored goodies.

 

The National Maple Syrup Festival is an annual event created to celebrate maple-sugaring season and the coming of spring. Hosted each year by Burton’s Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana, the festival includes demonstrations, entertainment, food, and maple syrup from every maple-syrup producing state in the country. Net proceeds from the Festival go to Camp About Face, an organization designed to benefit youth ages 8 to 18 who have craniofacial anomalies.

 

This is a great family event, with a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, pioneer games, and more! There’s also lots of delicious food, and great historical activity demonstrations like blacksmithing, candle-making, needle art, and wood carving. This a great opportunity for your family to have fun together and learn more about Indiana’s rich artisan history. And of course, you’ll get to learn all about maple syrup and how it is made! The National Maple Syrup Festival is a great family getaway, and a great way to celebrate the coming of spring.

 

The National Maple Syrup Festival is happening at Burton’s Maplewood Farm March 2nd-3rd and March 9th-10th, 2013. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for kids 5 Maple Syrupto 15, and $10 for seniors over 65. Kids under 4 are free!  If you want to make a weekend of it, there are great accomodations in the area. 

 

I’m excited and honored to be giving away  a set of TWO passes to the National Maple Syrup Festival. To enter, leave a comment letting me know which part of the festival you are most excited about! Be sure to use the Rafflecopter form below to let me know you’ve commented. This will unlock some easy extra entries.  The giveaway will end February 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Best of luck to you!

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Here are some other chances to win from Fencerow to FencerowSquirrel Chatter, and Family Fun in the City! You can also win passes at Angel’s HomesteadTwo Maids a Milking, and Indy With Kids!

 

The fine print:

  • Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. Winner will have 24 hours from time of email to respond, and then another winner will be randomly selected.
  • No purchase necessary to win. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.
  • I was provided with two adult passes for personal use and two passes to give away. All opinions expressed are my own. I love maple syrup.