Riley Township Clinton County Michigan

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Forest Hill first Annual Fly Inn and car show.

On 7401 Forest Hill Road Saint Johns Michigan, in Riley Township.

As the airplanes descend onto the airport the croud watches with enthusiasm.

A great way to hang out with your great nephews Chase and Noah Tejkl, at the Forest Hill air show 

Anson Martens gets one of the last free rides in the airplane at the air show. 

Holden Schrader tests out a tractor in display at the car show. 

Jake Baker makes hand made ropes and harnesses if you would like his services contact him May Jake rest in peace he passed away from heart complications while he was residing in Florida in the winter months 2012.

It is close to being spring and the pails are hanging from the maple trees dripping sap to boil down for maple syrup. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup. Everyone had a sugar shack in their woods, sadly, it has became a tradition of the past.Everyone boiled sap for maple syrup for their pancakes and baking needs. Not for Scott Bancroft of Riley township and Joe Vancort they have kept the tradition alive with their make shift sap boiling stove in his garage.

Sap boiling tank left behind. 

Old sugar shack used for making syrup back in the 40's. 

This is how they collect the sap from the trees by dumping it into the barrel for easier transportation. 

They use plastic collection buckets today (above) and back in the day they used galvinized buckets pictured (below) 

Sap naturally dripping from a crack in the branch of the tree. 

Sap dripping out from the tap in the tree 

Transferring the sap to the holding tank via electric pump. It takes sixty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. 

Tranfering the sap to the burner. 

Slowly streaming the sap into the existing syrup to boil. 

Bringing it to a rolling boil. it takes four days of continious cooking. 

The steam escapes through the top of the roof. 

The end, resulting to delicious, home made, no preservatives, maple syrup.