The annual SMF 5k will be held April 22 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
Back by popular demand, the SMF will once again offer a Beer Garden on both Friday and Saturday nights with live music. We are pleased to serve locally crafted beers from Warped Wing and Yellow Springs Breweries from 5:00-10:00 pm Friday and Saturday evenings in the Beer Garden & Live Entertainment Stage area located at Brookside Garage. Spungewurthy will play Friday night 6:00-9:00 pm and Wasted Potential will play Saturday night 6:00-9:00 pm.
The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Historical Society will be selling maple sugar cookies at its booth in front of the Bellbrook Historical Museum as in years past. Information about membership, meetings and history books will be available.
The SMF offers lots of fun FREE activities for kids of all ages including carnival games, face tattoos, hair painting, and hula hoop & jump rope contests.
The 2017 Sugar Maple Festival Citizen of the Year will be selected in March. The Sugar Maple Citizen of the Year Award is given to worthy individuals of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township community, 18 years or older, who have been active in making the community a better place to live or performed a service that is above the call of duty. For more information on previous winners or to nominate someone, please click here.
The SMF is excited to welcome back Jim Johnston with his grapevine trees and Mark Slaughter of Blackwater Workshops who designs beautiful fine furniture in a variety of rare woods. We will have a vast array of American Girl Doll clothes, soaps, candles, fabric items, quilts, and several types of jewelry as well. Approximately 75 booths will line Franklin street & the city parking lot.
The 12th Annual SMF Dog Show is Friday, April 21 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), ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume 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 is April 22 at the same time.
Entertainment will take place at Bellbrock Park and in front parking lot of Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Station. All entertainment is free. On Saturday, featured acts will include music from various local artists, a performance from the Bellbrook Dance Academy and a Sugarcreek Township fire dept. extrication. Sunday entertainment includes more music.
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. Festival favorites include giant pork tenderloin sandwiches, sugar maple candies, smokehouse BBQ ribs, grilled salmon and crab cakes, cajun gumbo or blackened chicken & rice, delectable grilled pork chops, sirloin steak sandwiches, frozen cheesecake on a stick, frozen chocolate dipped bananas, pulled BBQ pork, Icees, Texas taters, fried bloomin’ onions, corn on the cob, hot pretzels, smoothies, pita pocket sandwiches, apple flappins, deep fried pickles, firehouse firedogs, baked goods, and the ever-popular hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, cotton candy and popcorn. We even have hot waffles and ice cream sandwiches from The Waffle Man, and Bessie’s Noodles will be here, too! And NEW this year is Southwest Soda Saloon featuring 9 different flavors of soda made the day of purchase. Also NEW this year is the first ever Sugar Maple Food Contest. So come join us on Main Street and enjoy the variety of foods and flavors the Sugar Maple Festival has to offer.
A 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 on Sunday. Please note the festival does not have designated Handicapped parking.
The Bellbrook Garden Club booth will highlight the Club's objective to stimulate interest in gardening. Look for the winning Earth Day posters from Bellbrook students, information about “Good Bugs” and how to use them in your gardens instead of using pesticides. There will be handouts for kids, a door prize and a raffle. Members of the Bellbrook Garden Club will be available to help with gardening questions and problems. Along with all of that, come and celebrate their 75th year anniversary with them.
The annual “all-you can eat” pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, April 22 at the Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. from 8:00-10:30 am. Adults are $7 and children (2-16) are $4. Under 2 free. Family $15. Extra sausage $0.50/sausage.
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, April 22. The Honorary Grand Marshal for this year’s parade and festival is Batman – make sure you come and see his Batmobile!
Bellbrock Park offers plenty of activities during the SMF. Located in downtown, it houses maple syrup, corn fritters, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Originally started several years ago as a way to promote recycling at the Sugar Maple Festival, this fun event has grown in popularity and size each year! While cash prizes & ribbons are awarded, the real prize is in the spirit of participation. Businesses can use sculptures to highlight their particular business, drawing on the theme of the business for their creative inspiration. Individuals and families can captivate the community with their original creations. Community Groups such as sports organizations, churches, Scouting Troops, etc. can take advantage of this unique way to showcase their organization. Sculptures will be displayed during the festival weekend. Entry Categories include 10 & Under, 11-14 yrs old, 15-18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SMF School Activities Chair Teresa Paul will be meeting with students at Stephen Bell Elementary during their library time the week of April 17 to share how maple syrup is made. Each student 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 and Happy Child Preschool.
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 27th. Applications need to be returned to the office by Monday, March 13th. Interviews are March 20th, 6:30 pm at Bellbrook UMC. The crowning will take place at Bellbrook Middle School on April 13th at 6:30 pm. The Sweetheart, Junior Sweetheart and Attendants will earn scholarship money and will be involved during the festival weekend.
Sunday, April 23rd in Bellbrock Park at the gazebo at 1:00 pm. Girls & boys aged 3 – 7, wearing a super hero costume, can join the Sweetheart and Jr. Sweetheart in a parade around the park. All participants will receive a prize.
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.