Late Saturday night, Bellbrook drew quiet as the three day festival sponsored by The Bellbrook Lion’s Club came to an end. The Bellbrook Lions Club hosted the 67th Annual three day festival this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday behind the Old Sugarcreek elementary school in downtown Bellbrook. The last event of the festival was to award a raffle ticket holder a cash grand prize of $10,000.
The Lion’s Club began in 1946 and continue to help Bellbrook be the best by developing strong athletes through donations to all sports, help college bound graduates through scholarships, healthy students through eye exams and eye glasses, strong police and fire departments through annual donations and supporting the community and supporting organizations such as Pilot Dogs, Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank, Mounted Search Team and more. It is reassuring to know that there is always someone looking out for the betterment of an energized community such as Bellbrook.
“I am the longest standing member of the club in Bellbrook. I have held every office since my membership,” said Jack Moore. “The best part about the club is selling the raffle tickets. It is a great time to get out in the community and meet people. I love to hear all the inspirational stories of the people the club has helped. Bill [Wharton] and I have been selling tickets since May. Every Friday and Saturday we went somewhere. Other people did other things, but Bill and I sold the tickets,” said Moore.
“We help football, basketball, soccer, cheerleading and just anyone that needs money in the community, they come to us,” said Ann Wharton. “People like to help our organization because we help them.”
The festival is an annual celebration of the club’s hard work and a way of thanking the support of Bellbrook. Saturday afternoon, Main Street came alive with Bellbrook’s pride in form of a parade. Kicking off the parade were the members of Bellbrook’s JR ROTC followed by the Bellbrook cheerleaders, the marching band, dance companies and the crowning of The Lion’s Club prince and princess, Ethan Fahrenholz and Leiloni Daskalakis.
At the end of the parade, spectators made their way to a BBQ smoked filled festival with rides, games and plenty of food. The Lion’s Club catered big sellers of grilled pork chops, delicious fish and its famous BBQ chicken.
If you need assistance from the Lion’s Club, go to one of its board meetings. The Lion’s Club is currently accepting new members and accepting donations.