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Charlotte and Sophia Duarte recently moved to Nappanee from California, and on Saturday, April 20, 2013, they enjoyed their first taste of elephant ears at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival with their close friend Courtney Schmucker (left) also of Nappanee. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Glen Secor of South Bend has been carving fish decoys for 30 years, and on Saturday, April 20, 2013, he and other members of the Council Oak Woodcarvers Club participated in the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Fesitval. Secor and Lori Schuck of Goshen are both from Wakarusa and are also members of the same congregation, and as they talked, Schuck’s daughters, Courtney and Rachel, were very interested in meeting Charlie (not pictured), a dog owned by one of the woodcarvers. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Troy Golding of Nappanee participates in a crosscut saw contest at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Jasmin Royer and her brother Patrick of Elkhart watch intently. (Truth Photo by Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Gary Dentino, a member of the Council Oak Woodcarvers Club, uses a woodburning tool to carve a fish during the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Vern Hershberger admires a 1928 Buffalo Springfield steam roller on display at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The 10-ton machine is owned by Jerry LeCount, a steam enthusiast from Nappanee. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Anna Vanderwey, 8, of Goshen, holds on as she learns to ride a mechanical bull at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)
Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival fun despite cold, windy weather

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 20, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

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.