Sugar Maple Festival

40th Annual Sugar Maple Festival

Location: Bellbrook, OH

Dates: April 27-29, 2018

Theme: 40 Years in the Making

Come join the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township community as it celebrates the 40th annual Sugar Maple Festival in downtown Bellbrook April 27-29. This year’s festival celebrates the 40th Anniversary – “40 Years in the Making,” as we honor our past festivals and participants. 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 April 28 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:

Beer Garden & Live Bands

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 both Friday and Saturday evenings in the Beer Garden & Live Entertainment Stage area located at Brookside Garage. Friday night features Full Frontal from 6:00-10:00 PM. Saturday night entertainment opens with Wasted Potential from 5:00-6:00 PM, and then features Spungewurthy from 7:00-10:00 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 28

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

2:00 PM Hula Hoop & Jump Rope Contests

Sunday, April 29

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.

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 2018 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, please visit our website at


The festival is excited to welcome back nationally acclaimed Ohio artist Robert Walker with his surrealistic paintings. Sew What with crayon bags and car coasters will return along with Tom’s Garden bringing back hot sauces. We will have a multitude of vendors with doll clothes, soaps, candles, fabric items, grapevine trees and several types of jewelry as well. Approximately 75 booths will line Franklin Street & the city parking lot. (Vendor space filled for 2018 - thank you!)

Dog Show

The 13th Annual SMF Dog Show is Friday, April 27 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 28 at the same time.


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 Department 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 don’t forget about the 2nd Annual 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.

40th Anniversary

Come relive the past 40 years of the Sugar Maple Festival at this special exhibit, located at 6 Franklin Street. This exhibit, which will only be open during the festival weekend (Saturday after the parade until 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM), will feature newspaper articles, photographs, commemorative plates, brochures and other memorabilia on display from the last 40 years. Past participants including Citizens of the Year, Sweethearts, Festival Chairpersons, and Parade Grand Marshals will be invited to join in special events throughout the weekend. If you are a past participant, or if you have special memories, photographs, or past festival memorabilia you would like to share for this special weekend exhibit, please go to and click on the link for the 40th Celebration.

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

All good things take time to find the right atmosphere to germinate, attach roots, grow and adapt. It does not matter if you are fostering an idea, building relationships or growing trees and plants. Come to the Bellbrook Garden Club (growing and adapting since 1941!) tent to see Nature’s timeline and where you fit in! Get flowers to grow that can keep giving seeds for many years if you take care of them! Pick up a copy of our “follow the clues” type game to play with your family (like a scavenger hunt in the car) to grow your knowledge of our area. Ask gardening questions of our members. Visit us at

Pancake Breakfast (All-You-Can-Eat)

The annual “all-you can eat” pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, April 28 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 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 28.

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

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

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 16th. Applications need to be returned to the office by Monday, March 19th. Interviews are March 27th, 6:30 pm at Bellbrook UMC. The crowning will take place at Bellbrook Middle School on April 19th at 6:30 PM. The Sweetheart, Junior Sweetheart and Attendants will earn scholarship money and will be involved during the festival weekend.

Mini Sweetheart Parade

Sunday, April 29th in Bellbrock Park at the gazebo at 12:30 PM. Party like it’s 1978! Girls & boys aged 3 – 7 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.

Workout Demonstration

Sunday, April 29th, 10:15 AM, Bellbrock Park, Come try a FREE 30 minute demo of two new fitness classes offered at Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District Headquarters – Country Heat and CORE DE FORCE! Country Heat is an easy-to-follow, completely exhilarating, country dance-inspired workout! No complicated moves. No memorizing routines. Just simply follow along to enjoy the low-impact, high-energy dance class set to the hottest country hits. CORE DE FORCE is an empowering core-focused MMA-inspired workout. This workout combines authentic Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai moves, explosive power moves, and interval training that all engage your core, so you get in killer shape, incredibly fast! Break a sweat and have some fun!