Coming up this weekend, Maple Grove School in Merrill will be hosting the state’s First Tapping Ceremony.
The event will kick off what will become Maple Month in the state of Wisconsin, which will run from March 16-April 16. The First Tapping Ceremony is held in a different area of the state each year.
Tomorrow’s event at Maple Grove School, organized through a partnership with the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association, will feature a declaration from the governor, tours of local sugar bushes, a pancake breakfast, raffles and other activities for community members to enjoy.
Their first-grade students have been learning about the process of making maple syrup, including collecting the sap and boiling it in an evaporator, and organizers say hosting this event is a perfect tie-in to how children are learning through experience as part of the newly adopted Expeditionary Learning model at Maple Grove School.
The day will start with a pancake breakfast organized by Friends of Maple Grove Inc., taking place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ed and Sharon’s Banquet Hall.
The official First Tapping Ceremony will begin at noon at Maple Grove School, with a reading of Governor Walker’s Maple Month Proclamation. It will feature representatives from the Maple Syrup Producers Association, the Maple Queen, Alice in Dairyland and a number of other local dignitaries.
After the ceremony, visitors will be invited to tour local sugar bushes to learn more about the tree-tapping process and production of maple syrup.