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
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.

1.) PANCAKES WITH HOMEMADE SYRUP

How about a short stack with authentic sugar maple syrup?(Contributed)

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.

2.) GREAT MUSIC

The classic bluesy American stylings of Dayton's Todd The Fox will fill the air at Bellbrook's Sugar Maple Festival, April 22.(Contributed)

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.

3.) RECYCLED SCULPTURE CONTEST

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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WANT TO GO?

What: Sugar Maple Festival

Where: Downtown Bellbrook

When: April 21-23

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

Here is a pro tip that will making parking easier for Yellow Springs Street Fair and there'll be cheese curds. Video by Amelia Robinson

The fall edition of the Yellow Springs Street Fair is upon us. 

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:

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1. LOTS OF VENDORS; BRING CASH

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.

Your complete guide to all the festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Same as original with one festival added.

So many festivals, so little time. 

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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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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 

Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. 

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017

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BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW

Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford.

Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village. 

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Actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton for this year s Dayton LGBT Film Fest. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography.(Staff Writer)

 

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material. 

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Warren Lyon places a fresh log on the fire burning under a bubbling cauldron of apple butter as he stokes the fire to keep the butter cooking during the Enon Apple Butter Festival. Bill Lackey/Staff

 

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon.

Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter. 

 

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn.

Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you. 

 

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST

October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria.

In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available. 

 

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound. 

 

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville.

The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese. 

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Artisan vendors, street performers and live music when the Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music and Beer Fest return to the small village on Saturday, Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR

Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs.

All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals. 

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OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood.

Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

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Parking secrets for Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Published: Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

Waynesville Chamber Executive Dawn Schroeder explains were to park for the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

More than 350,000 people and their cars will hit Waynesville this Saturday and Sunday for the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. 

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Chamber Executive Director Dawn Schroeder explains how to park at Wayne Local Schools on 659 Dayton Road in the video above. 

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She said the best times for those who prefer lighter festival crowds is after 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday before churches let out at 1 p.m.

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The annual festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in downtown Waynesville. 

Festival season isn’t over yet! 2 dozen things to do in October

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED

Festival season is still going strong! Here are two dozen ways to spend your October eating, drinking and pumpkining.

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017

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Beer relay races are among several contests and activities at the Minster Oktoberfest, which attracts 8,000 visitors per year. Minster is a small village located one hour north of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

MINSTER OKTOBERFEST: Sept. 29-Oct.1, Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Minster, Ohio. Festival emphasizing the community’s rich German heritage featuring German food, a parade, beer tray relay, 10K run and numerous games.

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Scenes from a past New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Festival and parade. STAFF PHOTO/MARSHALL GORBY(Contributing Writer)

HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL: Sept. 29-Oct.1, Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street, New Carlisle. Featuring the Annual Parade of Planes, and an array of events and activities on Main Street.

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HUBER HEIGHTS FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Chambersburg and Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. Featuring food, music, fall crafts, 2-day cruise-in, bands, hay rides, pony rides, bouncy house, face painting and more.

A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton. This year’s theme “Lights, Camera… Chocolate!” is an invitation for vendors to decorate to a past TV series or a movie theme - family-friendly, appropriate for all ages. Vendors will offer a wide variety of chocolate and non-chocolate produces plus unique craft items. A Kids’ Corner will feature games and a bounce house, all free to festival guests.

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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.(Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com)

FALL FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT YOUNGS: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. Family fun featuring an opportunity to take your picture with Humongus Gus, and 800+ pound pumpkin, taste freshly made Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of the cheese making facility and watch cow milking. And the latest addition: pumpkin bowling. Festival held rain or shine.

Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire is one of the store’s biggest and wildest sampling shows. You can also purchase products you like right at the booth you're sampling from. CONTRIBUTED

JUNGLE JIM’S WEEKEND OF FIRE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield. Weekend filled with fun, food and contests and more than 50 vendors and 300 samples. There will be sauces ranging from mild to wild. For more information, call 513-674-6000 or visit www.junglejims.com.

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Five Rivers MetroParks 2017 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will take place Oct. 7-8 at Eastwood MetroPark. From high-flying demonstrations to a myriad of hands-on activities, adventure seekers of all ages and ability levels can enjoy two days of free fun at the event that has become a mainstay for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

WAGNER SUBARU OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton. Two-day outdoor adventure festival for the entire family featuring 25 outdoor activities, open to all ages and skill levels, The Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt for a chance to win up to $500 in gear, a Youth Adventure Zone, Outdoor School, Osprey Backcountry Zone and more.

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MIAMISBURG FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg. Celebrate the Fall Season with crafts, hayrides, entertainment, inflatables and food trucks.

SPRING VALLEY POTATO FESTIVAL: Oct. 7-8, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Spring Valley. Arts & Crafts, live entertainment, 5K Tater Trot Run/Walk, carnival rides, children’s games, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Pet Parade and lots of food.

OHIO CIDER FEST: Oct.7-8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. State Rt. 48, Lebanon. Fun for the whole family with train rides, hayrides, homemade treats and apple cider.

BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW: Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford. Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village.

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL: Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material.

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon. Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter.

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn. Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you.

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST: October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria. In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available.

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST: Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton. A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound.

Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules.(Staff Writer)

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville. The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese.

The Yellow Springs Street Fair was held Saturday, June 10 in downtown Yellow Springs. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR: Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs. All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals.

OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood. Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

FAIRBORN HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Oct. 20-22, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Downtown Fairborn. Large Halloween Festival featuring rides, live music, food, drinks, vendors, zombie walk and more.

>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016

THE GREAT PUMPKIN GLOW: Oct. 21, 2 to 10 p.m. at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Rd., Tipp City. An opportunity to carve up your pumpkins and enjoy the glow of dozens of pumpkins while sitting next to the Great Miami River and a bonfire. Part of the second annual Pumpkin Fest, the Great Pumpkin Glow features over 17 acres of pumpkins to pick from, provided carving materials, food and a festive bonfire. Pumpkins are $7 each and will light up the hill for the glow starting at 8:20 p.m. No reservations or tickets are required.

FRANKLIN’S FALLFEST: Oct. 27-28, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin. Featuring the Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, the Warren County 4-H Petting Zoo, rides, food and craft vendors, bonfire, Pie Eating Contest, Costume Contest and more.

PUMPKIN GLOW ON STODDARD AVENUE: Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Stoddard Avenue, Dayton. Each year the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood comes alive with an extreme jack-o’-lantern display of more than 700 intricately carved pumpkins.