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National Maple Syrup Festival This Weekend In Brown County

Still of barn stage Story Inn

The festival will have artist performances. ( Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

The National Maple Syrup Festival is coming back this weekend to a new home in Brown County’s Story Inn. 

The event features syrup production demonstrations, local vendors and all-you-can-eat pancakes. 

When founder Tim Burton decided to create the festival, he didn’t think it would be a national event. 

“Just for the heck of it, I googled ‘National Maple Syrup Festival’ and would you believe it? There was no National Maple Syrup Festival," Burton says. "So we thought ‘let’s go big, let’s do this.’ So we trademarked the name.”

Maple syrup often isn’t the first product that comes to mind when people think of Indiana. But Burton says  the Hoosier state is in fact the farthest southwest producer in the world. 

Burton says that that he was drawn to maple syrup production because it brings people together. He says that the inn is a perfect place for a gathering like this one.  

It also gives everybody the sense of ‘over the river, through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.’ So it’s an adventure, and we looked at it that way too,” says Burton.

The festival kicks off Saturday morning.

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