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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

Picture this, you are walking in the woods when you smell a sweet delight. All you see are trees around. Next, you tear tiny droplets, but see no rain. This can become a reality if you went on the Maple Festival tour. 

The Maple Festival took place in Oxford Ohio, and went through March 5-6, along with March 12-13. The Maple Festival was an educational but adventurous way to learn about how maple syrup is made. The Festival began in the morning with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The breakfast was located at the Trailblazing Dining Room inside the Hueston Wood Lodge. This lasted from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. and cost ten dollars for adults and six dollars for kids. Children are considered to be ten and under. 

The event then moved on for a tour going on through 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. The tour started at the Hueston Beach parking lot where a hay ride took the guests into the woods. When the ride went far enough in the woods, their group followed the tour guide and the guide taught them about how the syrup is collected along with many other facts. People could ask questions throughout the tour and were taught how syrup making has been made easier with time. For example, the process from collecting the syrup from wooden baskets to plastic bags. At the end of the tour there was a place where they could buy their own syrup. 

At the end of the day, the festival offered a chance to see both indoor and outdoor exhibits of animals they had. It was hosted at the Hueston Woods Nature Center and you could see reptiles, birds, and foxes. There were people, volunteers and Park Rangers, who answered questions about any of the animals. 

Make sure to stop by next year and learn all about maple syrup!