Sugar Maple Festival

41st Annual Sugar Maple Festival


Location: Bellbrook, OH

Dates: April 26-28, 2019

Theme: Totally 80s

Come join the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township community as it celebrates the 41st annual Sugar Maple Festival in downtown Bellbrook April 26-28. This year’s festival celebrates one of the most iconic decades in pop culture - Totally 80s! As always, the SMF will feature activities for everyone! Entertainment includes live music, a beer garden, a parade, free children’s activities, crafts & food vendors, a 5K run and a dog show. Come be a part of the fun!

5K Race

The annual SMF 5k will be held on Saturday morning with a start time of 9:00 AM. Registration will take place at 8:00 AM at Sugarcreek Elementary School (51 S. East St.). This is an Ohio River Road Runners Club event. The race is an out and back on Washington Mill Rd. For more information visit: http://orrrc.org/event/sugar-maple-5k/

Beer Garden & Live Bands

This year's festival will once again offer a Beer Garden on both Friday and Saturday nights with live music from 5:00 - 10:00 PM. NEW this year, we will be offering wine and hard cider in addition to the locally crafted beers from Warped Wing and Yellow Springs Breweries. The Beer & Wine Garden will be located by the Live Entertainment Stage area at Brookside Garage. Friday night features Full Frontal from 6:00-10:00 PM and Saturday night features Spungewurthy from 6:00-10:00 PM.

Children's Activities

The festival offers lots of fun FREE activities for kids of all ages including carnival games, face tattoos, hair painting, and hula hoop & jump rope contests.

Saturday, April 27

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Face tattoos, hair painting & carnival games

2:00 PM Hula Hoop & Jump Rope Contests

Sunday, April 28

Noon - 4:00 PM Face tattoos, hair painting & carnival games

District Art Show

Please stop by the Bellbrook City Building and check out the artwork created by our talented students. Visitors will see a variety of art from ceramics, to chalk, paper sculpture & paintings with an emphasis on self portraits.

Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm.

Located in the Bellbrook City Building, lobby and community room. 15 E Franklin St

Citizen of the Year Award

The 2019 Sugar Maple Festival Citizen of the Year will be selected via a secret ballot vote by the SMF Committee in March. Each year the Sugar Maple Festival Citizen of the Year Award is presented to a worthy individual of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township community, 18 years or older, who has been active in making the community a better place to live or has performed a service that is above the call of duty. For more information on previous winners and/or to nominate someone, please visit our website at . Please note that all nominations must be received no later than March 18, 2019.

Crafts

Approximately 75 booths will line Franklin Street & the city parking lot with various handmade craft items including doll clothes, jewelry, wood sculptures, clothing, soaps, candles, jams, potpourri, and so much more! (Vendor space filled for 2019 - thank you!)

Dog Show

The 14th Annual SMF Dog Show is Friday evening at 6:30 PM. Registration is from 6:00 – 6:30 PM behind Sugarcreek Elementary. The categories are: cutest puppy (12 months and younger), cutest dog (over 12 months), smallest, largest, best costume, best butt wiggle, and silly dog tricks. Each of the above categories will award a first, second and third prize trophy. There is also a Best of Show winner. The winning dogs will be invited to participate in Saturday's parade. The rain date for the dog show is Saturday at the same time.

Entertainment

All entertainment is free and takes place at both Bellbrock Park and in front parking lot of Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Station. On Saturday featured acts will include music from various local artists, a performance from the Bellbrook Dance Academy and a Sugarcreek Township Fire Department extrication. Sunday entertainment includes more music.

Food

The Sugar Maple Festival will once again offer a wide variety of food for festival goers. So many choices, so little time – come hungry to the Sugar Maple Festival, because all sorts of foods will be offered along Main Street – from traditional sausages, hamburgers & French Fries to ice cream and maple syrup food items! Come join us on Main Street and enjoy the variety of foods and flavors the Sugar Maple Festival has to offer.

Free Shuttle

Runs from Bell Creek Intermediate on Upper Bellbrook to Bellbrock Park on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle times are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday, and 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday. Please note the festival does not have designated Handicapped parking.

Garden Club

The Bellbrook Garden aims to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening; aid in the protection of nature, trees, plants and birds; and encourage civic pride and improvement. Learn how to “Protect Our Species”, as well as view the winning Earth Day posters from our very talented Bellbrook Middle School students, in the Garden Club's tent in Bellbrock Park. We will have “give aways” and a free raffle. Members of the Bellbrook Garden Club will be available to help with your gardening questions. Come and help us celebrate their 76 years of servicing Bellbrook. Visit us at bellbrookgardenclub.org

Pancake Breakfast (All-You-Can-Eat)

The annual “all-you can eat” pancake breakfast will be held Saturday at the Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St., from 8:00-10:30 AM. Adults are $8 and children (2-16) are $4. Under 2 free. Family $20. Extra sausage $0.75/sausage.

Parade

Parade participants include Sugar Maple Sweetheart and Attendants, local groups, horses, the Dog Show winners, antique cars and the Bellbrook High School Marching Band among others. Make sure to get your spot along West Franklin Street between Dot’s and the center of town to see the parade that starts at 10:30 AM on Saturday.

Park Activities

Bellbrock Park offers plenty of activities during the weekend. Located in downtown Bellbrook, it houses maple syrup, corn fritters, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Recycled Sculpture Contest

Individuals and families are encouraged to use recycled products to create original sculptures to be submitted for this fun, environmentally conscious contest. Entry Categories include Individuals 12 & Under; 11-18 yrs old; 19 & Older; and Family/Community Group/Businesses. For more information and guidelines on entering this year’s contest, please visit our website or contact Renee Brock at renee.brock@gmail.com

School Activities

Students at Stephen Bell Elementary will learn how maple syrup is made during their library time the week of the festival. Students will have the opportunity to taste some "real" maple syrup. Maple cookies will be provided for all students at Stephen Bell, Bell Creek Intermediate, Sugarcreek Education Center & Happy Child Preschool.

Sweetheart Contest

All female students at Bellbrook Middle School and Bellbrook High School are encouraged to apply for the annual SMF Sweetheart Contest. Applications will be available in the Middle School and High School offices beginning February 20th. Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 18th. Interviews will be at the end of March at Bellbrook UMC. The crowning will take place at Bellbrook Middle School in April. The Sweetheart, Junior Sweetheart and Attendants will earn scholarship money and will be involved during the festival weekend.

Mini Sweetheart Parade

Sunday in Bellbrock Park at the gazebo at 12:50 PM. Dress in your 80s best! Girls & boys aged 3 – 7 can join the Sweetheart and Jr. Sweetheart in a parade around the park. All participants will receive a prize.

Syrup

Authentic Sugar Maple Syrup is available for purchase by the Dill Family in Bellbrock Park at the Old Sugar House (opposite the Gazebo). The Dill Family has been harvesting maple syrup in West Liberty for five generations.