Marshfield's Maple Fall Fest has maple syrup judging and more

Mitchell A. Skurzewski
The 25th annual Maple Fall Fest takes place this weekend.

MARSHFIELD - With fall colors starting to sprinkle the treeline, it's time for one of the most anticipated events in Marshfield each year: Maple Fall Fest. 

Maple Fall Fest features original artwork and handmade craft items from 150 vendors from around the Midwest. This is a family-friendly event and this year marks the 25th annual Maple Fall Fest at Wildwood Park, 1800 S. Roddis Ave., on Saturday and Sunday.

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Among the food available: pizza, brats, cheese curds, egg rolls, fried pasta, hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, cream puffs, ice cream, kettle corn, mouse ears, tacos and more.

There is a kids' zone, maple syrup contests and plenty of food options. Things get started with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. that features regular and potato pancakes with Wenzel's Farm maple sausage. Vendors, Amish specialties, maple village, maple syrup products, food court and beer garden runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kids zone and petting zoo runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the other events Saturday include a maple dessert judging contest at 3 p.m., a maple syrup judging contest at 3:30 p.m. and a glow walk at 8 p.m.

Doug Gutenkunst bags freshly-cooked kettle corn at his vendor tent, "Cowboy Kettle Korn" at the Maple Fall Fest.

TV personalities Mad Dog & Merrill will teach maple grilling at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. 

On Sunday, enjoy the Marshfield Cranberry Bike Tour that starts at the Helen Connor Laird Fine Arts Building at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County and has different distance-biking options. 

There is breakfast again Sunday, and the vendors and maple village are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as is the kids' zone and petting zoo. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Little Miss & Little Mister Maple Fall Fest are announced and there is a performance at 3 p.m. by Central Wisconsin Country Dancers.