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Maple trees tapped for sap

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Annie Doerr, left, laughs as her fellow volunteer Colleen Nagel jokingly demonstrates the width of a Maple tree that is sufficient to tap it for sap.

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Jason Phillips, of Sylvania, left, takes a stroll with his daughter, Aubree, 2, in between educational stations.

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Sophia Jewell, 5, center right, lifts her hand to test the heat of a Maple sap evaporator.

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Visitors gather around a Maple sap evaporator to learn about the syrup-making process.

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Tony Take, of South Toledo, center, holds his daughter Naomi, 1, as they listen to Bob Schell, of Swanton, left, talk about the Maple-syrup-making process.

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Locally-made Maple syrup sits for sale.

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Maureen Schell, of Swanton, left, talks about various forms of sugar with visitors.

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Johanna Neugesbauer, of Sylvania, stirs a vat of boiling Maple sap as volunteer Debbie Haubert, right, explains the refining process.

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Tammy Spillis, of Napoleon, explains a Maple sap tap created from carved bone during a demonstration of Algonquin sap refining techniques.

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Tammy Spillis, of Napoleon, laughs as she discusses her demonstration of Algonquin Maple sap refining techniques.

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Tammy Spillis, of Napoleon, uses tools made from bone to lower a heated rock into a carved bowl of Maple sap for cooking.

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Tammy Spillis, of Napoleon, watches the heated rock she has just dropped in a bowl of Maple sap for cooking purposes during a demonstration of Algonquin sap refining techniques

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Jayson Teal, 7, of South Toledo, tries his hand at hatchet throwing.

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