(HANCOCK) A record number of people attended this weekend’s Pancake Feed at Botna Bend Park in Hancock.
Close to 500 people came out Saturday to enjoy warm pancakes topped with homemade maple syrup from the park’s silver maple trees. Lucky for the park, it was also a record year for syrup making.
On average, 40 to 50 gallons of sap is needed to produce just one gallon of syrup. Botna Bend Park Ranger Jon Fenner collected 783 gallons of sap this year, producing 19 gallons of syrup. The previous record at Botna Bend was 12 ½ gallons of syrup.
The pancakes were served with sausage, orange juice and coffee. Botna Bend volunteers also announced the winner of their quilt raffle. The money raised will go towards park activities and kid’s crafts.
The park is planning its next Maple Tree Tapping event for March 2012.