Do we think the Partridge Family was singing about getting 'Sap Happy' in their theme song all those years ago?

Either way, the big weekend has almost arrived here in the Hudson Valley, and we have the full sweet scoop on how you can enjoy Maple Weekend at Bowdoin Park.

Sap Happy Weekend, March 21-24, Wappingers

March 2024 is officially maple month here in the Hudson Valley, and though there's no shortage of unique ways to celebrate, one of the biggest events is coming up this weekend.

An event targeted as 'fun, educational, and delicious' for all ages, Sap Happy Maple Weekend will return to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers from March 21-24, with a full itinerary of activities and events.

Dutchess County Parks
Dutchess County Parks

The event takes a great deal of logistical coordination and couldn't happen without the County's Office for the Aging, Eastern Dutchess Road Runners Club, the CIA, Just a Little Pie Shop and the New York State Maple Producers Association.

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What Events Are Happening at Sap Happy Maple Weekend

It's important to know that some of the Sap Happy weekend events do require pre-registration, and have an associated cost, others have tickets available at the door and are open on a first come-first serve basis.

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On Friday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 24th (10am, 12pm, 2pm sessions), there will be Maple Education Demos and Tasting Sessions where visitors can learn about the maple syrup process.

Pre-registration is required for these at

Three bottles of maple syrup made by a backyard hobbyist in Nova Scotia.

Registration has already closed for the Sap Happy 5K Run/Walk (the second annual) but be sure to cheer on the runners as they step off Saturday morning at 8:30am (3/23) and travel through the Bowdoin Park course.

The second annual Community Breakfast and Best Pancake Competition is on Saturday 3/23 from 9:15am until 12pm at the Bowdoin Park Auditorium with a $5 cash admission at the door. Once inside, you can vote for Best Pancake with DC Parks staff collaborating with CIA students.

For other Sap Happy events, details about the weekend, and to stay updated, follow along on the Dutchess County Parks Facebook page!

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