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Warm breakfast helps at chilly Sugar Bush Fair

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  • Colleen Wallace, 10, of Hoffman Estates drills a hole in stump to put in a maple tap Sunday during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.

       Colleen Wallace, 10, of Hoffman Estates drills a hole in stump to put in a maple tap Sunday during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Sal Redhawk of Elgin demonstrates a coffeemaker to visitors at the Native American sugar camp during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.

       Sal Redhawk of Elgin demonstrates a coffeemaker to visitors at the Native American sugar camp during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Families bundled up and braved the cold Sunday morning to eat pancakes and to see how maple syrup is made during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.

The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.

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"It was cold but it was wonderful," said Schaumburg resident Jon Cunningham. "The kids love eating the pancakes and the adults love the displays and learning about boiling down of the sap to create the maple sugar."

Cunningham said this was the fifth year in a row that his family attended the event.

"We have a good size turnout all the time and everybody has a good time out here," said Al Vogel, an assistant at the Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley. "We try to base it on children and we try to help them do things out here and we want them to participate."

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