The Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford) kicks off its two-weekend Maple Sugar Festival this Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20. The special, spring-heralding event features a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup served each day of the festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; hikes through the sugar-tapped trees with stations that explain how collecting sap has changed over time; demos of tree-tapping and sap-boiling; and treats like maple cotton candy and maple popcorn available for sale.
The festival continues on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the festival. Admission is $10 for adults and free to members and ages 18 and younger. The pancake breakfast price is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for ages 4-18, and free to ages 3 and younger. There will also be the annual Cooking with Maple Contest open to the public for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Flint Hill Gift Shop or other prizes. For more information, call 538-6822, or visit gcv.org.