Sappy Days to run this weekend

People enjoy the bonfire at last year’s Sappy Days maple syrup event in Goodman, Wis. Sappy Days activities will take place from Friday to Sunday and includes hiking and snowshoeing Friday. Saturday has tours of maple syrup operations and bars and restaurants with specials featuring maple syrup. A pancake breakfast and bean bag toss tournament is planned for Sunday.

GOODMAN, Wis. — The public is invited to enjoy a weekend in Goodman and Armstrong Creek, Wis., as they kick off maple syrup season.

The second-annual Sappy Days event is scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

Guests will be able to join this family-oriented event for hiking, snowshoeing, maple syrup production tours, a pancake breakfast and bean bag toss tournament.

The weekend festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday. Hikers or snowshoers are welcome to gather at Laura Lake boat landing in Armstrong Creek for an evening hike along the lake trail. There will be a bonfire to help keep guests warm. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available as well. Hikers and snowshoers are asked to bring their own headlamps and snowshoes.

Saturday, local businesses will feature specials at each location. Some of the bars and restaurants will be have drink and food specials with a maple syrup flair. Some establishments are offering customers a chance to win door prizes.

Area sugar camps will be hosting tours of their woods and setup for maple syrup production. This will provide a unique opportunity for guests to see how maple syrup production can vary from a family-owned operation to a commercial business operation.

Participating operations include: Hedmark’s Maple Ridge in Fence, Wis.; Lumberjack Maple Syrup Co. and Maple Syrup from Forest’s Forest in Armstrong Creek; Northwoods Unicorn in Blackwell; and Flannery’s, Snowshoe Maples and Stonewall Sugar Bush in Goodman.

Tours will be given from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors should inquire at each location for sap cooking times. Syrup will be available to sample and purchase. Guests are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and the snowy, muddy woods.

The Lion’s Club will sponsor a pancake/porky breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Armstrong Creek Community Center. featuring local maple syrup.

A bean bag toss tournament will follow the breakfast at the community center. Cost for the tournament is $25 per team, with registration to start at noon. All proceeds will be donated to the local fire department and rescue squad. Prizes awarded by Millan’s Custom Butchering.

The community center will also have a cribbage tournament. Registration starts at noon. Cost is $10 per team. Participants are asked to bring their own board and a deck of cards. All monies will be paid out in prizes. Bring personal beverages for both tournaments, too.

For more information, go to the Sappy Days events page on Facebook.


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