MOUNT VERNON — Autumn was apparent throughout the 2013 Heart of Ohio Tour, which took place Saturday and Sunday through north and northeastern Knox County. Local residents and visitors dodged the rain for the breaks of sunshine as they trekked through the woods and along dirt country roads to reach each stop along the way.
Owned by Eric and Lisa Dilts, Maple Mist Farm provided guests the chance to see all the equipment used to produce maple syrup, which was for sale along with maple caramel corn and maple cream. Displays showcased the equipment used to tap trees, a releaser and a reverse osmosis machine. Many local residents visited with their children and grandchildren, who were fascinated with the equipment and looking at the machinery and at the filter press.
The Pike Township House and the Fredericktown Fire Department Substation were open to give visitors the chance to see how the location operates. Local volunteer firefighters were on hand to answer and explain any questions that visitors had. A new fire truck was on display where people could see all the different functions and features, and ask anything they wanted to know about the shiny new truck. Equipment featured were the fire hoses, saws and equipment firefighters use to get the job done.
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