Funks Grove Maple Sirup

Hot maple sirup dribbles into a half-gallon jug at Funks Grove Maple Sirup. on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (Pantagraph file photo/STEVE SMEDLEY)

Outdoor 411 for Feb. 26, 2012.

Zoo Stampede

Register now for the Miller Park Zoological Society’s 15th annual Miller Park Zoo Stampede on Saturday. This 5K run, 3K walk, and ¼-mile fun run for children 10 and under is the first race on the Lake Run Club circuit for the year. The 5K course winds through Miller Park and the adjoining neighborhood. The race starts at 10 a.m. followed by the 3K stroll. The first 200 registered 5K and 3K participants will receive a T-shirt. The 1/4-mile fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. Register at www.mpzs.org. The cost is $20; the 1/4-mile fun run fee is $5. Check-in and same-day registration is from 8 to 9:15 a.m. race day at the park pavilion. Call 309-434-2243.

Maple Sirup Experience

Have you ever tasted ‘sweet water’ dripping from a spile? It’s almost that time of year when buckets decorate the sugar maples throughout Funks Grove. Attend the Sugar Grove Nature Center Maple Sirup Experience on Saturday. Gather around the fire at the sirup camp to learn how American Indians and early settlers collected and prepared sap. Stop inside the Nature Center to sample maple sirup treats. Tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Register at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309-874-2174. Cost: $3 to $7. Registration and prepayment required.


Horse show

Aussie sensation Guy McLean headlines the 2012 Illinois Horse Fair Clinics Friday through March 4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. McLean will conduct clinics and star in Illinois Horse Fair’s HorseCapades evening entertainment. There’s also a Western Dressage clinic, gaited riding and barrel racing clinics, mounted games and 140 vendors.

Visit www.HorsemensCouncil.org/HorseFair. Horse Fair opens at 1 p.m. Friday with a reduced $6 admission charge. Saturday or Sunday, Horse Fair tickets are $12 adult and $6 child/senior; weekend passes are $20 adult and $10 child/senior. HorseCapades evening show on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. requires a separate ticket of $6 to $15.


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