THE SUGAR BUSH STORY

On April 28, 29, and 30, 2006, the people of the Central Michigan community of Shepherd will be celebrating their 48th Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, and we invite you to come and celebrate with us.

Never did we dream back in 1958 when we made about 100 gallons of maple syrup and served a few hundred meals at our first one-day festival that we would grow to processing 12,000 meals at a three-day festival. If it had not been for our many visitors from all locations in Michigan and neighboring states, we could not have accomplished all of this.

The original idea for having the festival was to earn enough money to finance an eight-week summer recreation program for children in our school district. As we have grown, we have been able to fund a ten-week summer program. We were also able to build and operate a community swimming pool and purchase land to develop a community park. We continue to work on our park project.

ALL WORK ON THE SYRUP, CANDY, AND ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE FESTIVAL IS VOLUNTEER and almost everyone participates! Children work with adults carrying sap buckets during the sap run in late February and March. Many retirees are our most faithful sausage makers. Would you believe that we make two-and-one-half tons of sausage one week before the festival? Then we all work together again during festival weekend.

As usual there will be the famous and delicious PANCAKE, MAPLE SYRUP, AND SAUSAGE MEALS served at the Shepherd High School Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. All of the planned activities add up to a most enjoyable weekend. Witness hometown hospitality at its best and join us in the “Sweetest Little Town Anywhere Around” on April 23, 24, and 25.

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