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Vergas maple syrup fest is April 11

Get ready for that sweet, sweet taste of maple syrup. Pancakes, milkshakes and more will be getting an extra sweet pairing next month when Vergas' annual Maple Syrup Fest happens April 11. "Sugaring started with the Native Americans many years ag...

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Get ready for that sweet, sweet taste of maple syrup.

Pancakes, milkshakes and more will be getting an extra sweet pairing next month when Vergas' annual Maple Syrup Fest happens April 11.

"Sugaring started with the Native Americans many years ago; the pioneers have taken on that tradition and we want to let the youth be involved in this tradition of sugaring," Amy Urie-Felt said.

"We wanted to make the community aware of how hard they work and what is involved in making maple syrup. It's also an event for the community to get together," she added.

This is Urie-Felt's second year chairing the event. She has assistance from Jennifer Mitchell, Rodger Palmer and Leslie Engelstad.

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"We have been meeting weekly to make sure this event goes good," she said. "We have a lot of volunteers that help. To work together with people in the community is really rewarding."

To kick-off the event, the pancake feed will be running from 8 a.m. to noon. Urie-Felt said they serve about 800 to 900 people.

"And of course we use the real maple syrup," she added.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

During the breakfast, there will also be maple saplings given out to the first 700 people.

Maple milkshakes will be available for $2, and there will be booths set up during the breakfast in the community center that explain the maple syrup making process. There are also tours that day at a couple different maple syrup producers, including Maplewood State Park.

From 9:30 to 11:30 that morning, the bluegrass band Buffalo River Ramblers will be providing entertainment during the feed.

That morning is also the 5k run/walk, which is $20 for participants to sign up in advance at www.cityofvergas.com , or $25 the day of the event.

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With registration, runners and walkers will receive tickets for the pancake feed or maple fest headgear.

For the children, there will be a maple leaf hunt that day.

"We had the Frazee High School students in shop class carve out maple leaves out of wood, and we're hiding 100 of them. Five and under will hunt at the Lions Park, which is behind the community center, and kids 6 to 12 will hunt for the leaves downtown," Urie-Felt said.

For each leaf they find, the kids will get a Looney Buck (donated by the Vergas State Bank), which can be spent wherever they want in Vergas.

Local stores will be running specials that day, as will the restaurants with tasty items made with maple syrup.

The Lions Club will be hosting bingo after the pancake breakfast, and for the young adults, there will be geocaching all day. There is a downloadable app for phones for the activity.

"It's fun, and I've never had such good maple syrup in my life," Urie-Felt said with a laugh. "It's just so good."

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