2016: Bellbrook Celebrates 200 Years
This year will be significant for the Bellbrook community as we celebrate 200 years. Planning for the anniversary celebration is being led by a committee of community members to help make 2016 memorable. The committee is planning a series of events from the Sugar Maple Festival to the Lions Club Festival. The idea is to leverage existing annual events to highlight our heritage, and conduct events that will provide a renewed sense of community. To help display our community’s bicentennial, the streets of Bellbrook will be adorned with street banners.
The Bicentennial Committee held a contest and selected a logo submitted by Angela Brown. The logo will be used throughout the celebration to represent Bellbrook’s 200 years and our future. Angela, originally from Indiana, along with husband Jeff and two children moved to Bellbrook six years ago and appreciate the family-oriented community they have found in Bellbrook.
READ MORE ABOUT BELLBROOK'S HISTORY FROM 1816 TO 1981 HERE.
Starting with the Sugar Maple Festival in April and completing the celebration during the Lions Club Festival in August, community members can participate in a variety of events. The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District will sponsor a community picnic in June at Sackett-Wright Park to include food trucks and a variety of activities dating back to the 1860s. The centerpiece of the picnic will be an authentic 1860s baseball game featuring the Dayton Clodbusters and a local team of community members. The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Historical Society and Bellbrook Historical Museum are playing a vital role in the celebration to explain the history and events that shaped our community. Every third Tuesday from April to August, the Museum will host discussions on the history of the community. The summer of celebration will culminate on the final day of the Lions Club Festival with a fireworks display.
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