It’s the festival that has become a tradition for hundreds of area families. Bellbrook is gearing up for its 37th Annual Sugar Maple Festival April 24-26, 2015, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. This year Dr. Seuss will make an appearance for this year’s theme honoring the works of children’s favorite author. It’ll be a weekend of fun, great music, a celebratory parade, delicious foods, arts & craft booths, special exhibits, and much more. Rain or shine, the fun will continue for the anticipated 20,000 attendees.
“The theme this year is “Oh, the place you will go,” honoring the works of Dr. Seuss,” Sugar Maple Festival’s chairperson, Christy Phillips said. “We think it’ll contribute to a fun filled weekend.”
The Sugar Maple Festival kicks off on Friday with the popular dog show. Registration for the event begins at 6 p.m. and the judging begins at 6:30 p.m. See what beautiful dogs Bellbrook has to show off. Should the event be rained out, it’ll be moved to the same time on Saturday night.
Saturday begins with the traditional 5K race and pancake breakfast at Bellbrook United Methodist Church beginning at 8 a.m. followed by the community parade at 11:30 a.m. that flows down Main Street demonstrating the pride of Sugarcreek Township and Bellbrook. This year, Dr. Seuss will have the honor of being the Grand Marshall, which is sure to be a huge hit with the kids.
This year, something new has been added to the Sugar Maple Festival for the little ones to enjoy. On Sunday afternoon, a mini sweetheart parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the gazebo in Bellbrock Park. It’s open to children ages 3-7. The children come wearing their favorite princess dress and participate in a parade in the park. All participants will get a prize.
The festival also includes a special showing at the Bellbrook Historical Museum. The Dille time capsule contents are on display. This will allow all festival attendees to see first-hand a glimpse of the past. The museum will also be open during the festival for visitors to learn and experience the history of Bellbrook.
Throughout the entire festival attendees can enjoy free children activities, craft vendors, a wide variety of food and free music that will stretch through downtown. Of course, the best part of the festival is the never ending supply of maple syrup from Old Sugar House by Bline Farms. Bline Farms is a seasonal family business based on a lost tradition dating back to the Native Americans. To prepare for the weekend’s events, Bline Farms taps into 100 to 400 maple trees beginning each year on Valentine’s Day.
“Seeing how the community comes together for the festival is the best part, for me. Festival committee members volunteer a lot of their time to come up with something that people will look forward to all year.” Phillips said. “Seeing people having fun that weekend makes it all worth the hard work.
A free shuttle bus runs Saturday through Sunday from Bellcreek Intermediate School on Upper Bellbrook Rd. and drops visitors off at the Bellbrock Park, the center of all the festivities.
The festival committee begins meeting and planning for this weekend in September. A lot of hard work and planning from dedicated volunteers goes into putting together this three day affair. For more information and a complete festival schedule of events, visit the website at www.sugarmaplefestival.com or call (877) 522-5995 ext. 5.