WAKARUSA — Winter jackets may still have been part of the fashion trend, but spring fever was in the air at the 44th annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival, as attendees reveled in the intermittent warm rays of the sun.
Most in attendance at the festival Saturday morning and afternoon, April 20, probably would have liked it to have been “another 20 degrees warmer,” but as Patty Baker, a Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce board member, said, “I think people have spring fever, and they’re out to see us.”
“There seems to be a lot of people here,” said Jerry LeCount of Nappanee. “I think they’re having fun.”
LeCount and two of his friends enjoyed some Nelson’s barbecued chicken after they maneuvered his 1928 Buffalo Springfield steam roller into its temporary showplace on West Waterford Street.
Baker said that the festival turnout as of Saturday’s lunch hour was not as big as last year, but as evidenced by the many people who showed up to watch the parade and enjoy the festivities, food and fun on the crossroads of Elkhart and Waterford Streets, conditions that may have been “a little windy” and “a little chilly,” did not stop the show from going on.