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3 things you shouldn’t miss at Bellbrook’s Sugar Maple Festival

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Scenes from the 38th annual Bellbrook's Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 22-24, 2016. Photos by Tom Gilliam, Contributing photographer.
Tom Gilliam

The Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival traditionally kicks off festival season in the Dayton area, and this year’s 39th annual event is no different.

Beginning Friday, April 21, the three-day party will fill downtown Bellbrook with music, food and superheroes. You read that right: Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and more will parade through nearby Bellbrock Park as part of the festivities. 

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Here are three things you must take part in while at this year’s festival.


Anyone who’s tried real maple syrup knows it sends Mrs. Butterworth and her version packing every time. The Dill Family Farm in West Liberty has been producing authentic sugar maple syrup for more than 125 years. There’ll be plenty of their syrupy goodness available for purchase at this year’s Sugar Maple Festival. 

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An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, April 22 at the Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. from 8-10:30 a.m.


Plenty of music is planned for this year’s festival, including Spungewurthy (Friday), Wasted Potential (Saturday) and Danny Voris (Sunday).

But you definitely owe it to yourself to check out Todd The Fox on Saturday at Bellbrock Park from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. His brand of classic bluesy American songwriting and charm is guaranteed to win you over.


Festival organizers say this event has grown every year since its inception several years ago. Area businesses and community organizations are tasked with creating a sculpture completely out of recycled materials to promote themselves for various prizes. The results are displayed throughout the weekend. 

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What: Sugar Maple Festival

Where: Downtown Bellbrook

When: April 21-23

Cost: Free

Celebrate the 4th all day at Centerville's Americana Festival

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

What began in 1972 as a sidewalk sale promoted by the Centerville downtown merchants is now one of the area's most celebrated and patriotic Fourth of July events. 

The 44th Annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 4 with a bevy of events leading up to the fireworks display at Centerville High School. With this year's theme being The Best is Yet to Come, here are the reasons why you should venture into Elk Country this holiday weekend:

1. Run a 5K

The Up and Running Americana 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. July 4 at the Centerville High School Stadium on East Franklin Street, and follows the parade route down Franklin Street to just past Magsig Middle School, where the runners and walkers will turn around and head back to the high school. The race finishes with a lap around the track in the stadium. The race is chip timed and results will be available immediately at the race.

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2. Watch the parade

The parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 on East Franklin Street, west of Centerville High School, and proceeds West to Cline Elementary on Virginia Avenue. Showcasing more than 120 units, the parade features numerous bands, floats and numerous mobile and walking units. If you can’t make it to the parade on July 4, watch it live on Time Warner Channel 5. >> Here’s your guide to ALL THE FESTIVALS in Dayton this summer

6 festivals happening in (and around) Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

You know you’re in the prime of summer when you actually have to choose between all the different festivals happening on the weekend. 

>> Your guide to festivals in and around Dayton in 2017

Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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1.) 2017 Rail Festival  

Enjoy live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, good food and vendors.

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WHERE: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 

COST: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children 3-17, free for children under 3


2.) Sliders, Sides & Subs Fest

This brand spankin’ new festival is all about tasty food and live rocking music! In partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association, this event is sure to offer plenty of mouth-watering flavors.

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Participating restaurants include: Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, ele Cake Co and Wine Bistro, El Meson, Giovanni’s, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Roost, Tank’s Bar & Grill, Wandering Griffin and 1776 Grill.

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WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

COST: Free

3.) Dayton Air Show

Flashes of light and thunderous booms can mean one of two things this time of year in southwest Ohio: either a summer thunderstorm or the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

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“It’s going to be an exciting experience for the entire family,” said Sheila Wallace, media chairperson for the air show. “There is some type of act to appeal to people of all ages.”

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The annual event consistently draws thousands upon thousands of spectators, and there’s a lot to see and do.

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WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr., Dayton

4.) Festival on the Hill

This food, fun and music festival will feature several bands and delicious food.

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Friday’s lineup includes The Outlets, Ithica and Vicious Cycle. Saturday’s lineup includes Antioch Brass Band, The Blue Leafs, 33 People, Eric Jerardi, Spungewurthy and 7 Bridges. 

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Temple, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 23; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

COST: General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $6 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission.


5.) Treasure Island River FestFamily fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy.

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Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the first Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 24.

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Treasure Island River Fest also will feature live DJs throughout the day, food trucks and a beer truck in the evening, plus a community concert.

WHERE: Treasure Island Park, 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 24

COST: Free  


6.) SunWatch Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

You don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in Native American culture. 

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Thanks to the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans and its annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, families can learn more about Indian life and traditions through dancing, drumming, singing, crafts and stories.

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park,

2301 W River Rd., Dayton

WHEN: Noon-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 25

COST: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-17), Free/Age 5 and under. Weekend passes are available for $15/Adults, $9/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16). Free/Age 5 and under. Proceeds benefit Sunwatch and the annual event.

INFO: 937-268-8199 or


Great tunes, cold brews and tasty BBQ at this free festival

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Blues Fest returns to Kettering's Fraze Pavilion Saturday, June 17.

Blues, frosty suds and mouth-watering sauces return to Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion this weekend for Blues Fest (AKA “Blues, Brews & Barbecue”). The annual event features restaurants and food trucks from throughout the region, as well as hot blues acts from all over the globe.

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Many local and regional blues acts will perform throughout the day, including Beavercreek native Noah Wotherspoon. Other performers include Davy Knowles from the United Kingdom and Anthony Gomes from Canada. 

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Admission for this festival is free.


What: Blues Fest

When: Saturday, June 17, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Cost: Free

Insider's guide to Yellow Springs Street Fair: 7 things to know

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Practically a rite of summer, the Yellow Springs Street Fair is coming up fast. 

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected to attend. 

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Here are 7 things you need to know to make the most of it:


You’ll find an enormous selection of arts and crafts, as well as food. “The main attraction is on the streets in downtown Yellow Springs,” said Karen Wintrow, executive director of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We have a lot of returning vendors. Yellow Springs is one of their favorite places.”

Lawn art and sculptures are always popular items at the street fair. One of the returning vendors will be Heather B Leaves. “She makes beautiful concrete leaves and fountains and planters,” Wintrow said.

Some of the vendors are locals, including Twisted Tines. “They primarily make jewelry out of silverware – forks and spoons,” Wintrow said.

The Chamber is hosting 200 vendors; additional vendors will be set up on private property. Best to have cash on hand.