The Burton Chamber of Commerce Sixth Annual Tree Tapping Ceremony was held Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the village green in Burton.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 70450 in Highland Heights and Boy Scout Troop 112 in Newton Falls were just some of the people who showed up to experience what it is like to tap a maple tree.
This family-friendly event was a hands-on experience. After Amy Blair, who is in charge of retail sales for the Burton Chamber of Commerce at Burton Log Cabin, gathered everyone in a circle around a large maple tree and read a Native American Indian prayer, visitors grabbed a spiel, bucket and drill to tap their own maple tree.
Tappers then had their names placed on the tree to show they helped.
Mike Blair and his crew, including Scott Adams, helped out tapping all the trees while giving visitors a lesson on maple syruping.
Inside the Burton Log Cabin there was hot chocolate, donuts and plenty of maple candy and pure Geauga County maple syrup.
Now comes the hard work — collecting the sap and the countless hours, for everyone involved, of boiling down the sap that’s sure to flow.
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