BELLBROOK — Bellbrook Lion’s Club kicked off another festival Aug. 14 with the crowning of a new Prince and Princess.
This year, 16 girls and boys were interviewed for a chance to win a spot to participate in the parade and win a new 20-inch Huffy bicycle and helmet. The winners of this year’s contest were Rachel Fahrenholz, 7, and Coleman Ott, 6.
“The Lion’s club has been an important part of Bellbrook for many years,” Brian Koch said. “This is their 68th Annual Festival and this is the 27th Annual Prince and Princess Contest.”
The master of the ceremony was Brian Koch. He has been a resident of Bellbrook for the past 25 years and is the funeral director at Connor and Koch Funeral Home. With three daughters, he loves children and felt honored to serve as the emcee for the Lioness Prince and Princess Contest.
This year, three judges donated their time to pick the Lioness Princess and Princess. They were Michelle Maoashevitz, Walt Skunda, and Laura Fyman.
Maoashevitz works with the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District and the Kettering Recreation Center organizing summer camps for children. She is also working on a degree in Elementary education at Thomas More College.
Skunda is the shop owner of Stagecoach Toys, a retail and consignment store in Bellbrook. He sells vintage toys and other collectibles in the store and on the website.
Fryman is the owner of the Bellbrook Golf Park Driving Range on Washington Mill Road.
The winning Prince and Princess were crowned by Leiloni Daskalakis and Ethan Fahrenholz, the 2013 winners.
Each contestant received a goody bag that included a T-shirt, hat, a free drink and a free carnival ride. The winners each received a brand new 20-inch bicycle and a helmet and will have the privilege of participating in the Bellbrook Lion’s Club parade.
Participating youth were: Emily Betts, Rachel Fahrenholz, Mara Donnerberg, Allison Hollis, Hadley Shuey, E.V. Phillipson, Stephanie King, Sophia King, Erykan Martin, Lauren Fabrick, Lyla Dircksen, Kylie Eason, Claire Rigsbye, Damian Daskalakis, Cole Swallows, Coleman Ott.
The festivities continue in Bellbrook through Saturday with contests, rides, food, car show, Bingo, and a grand parade. The topper of the annual event is the $10,000 cash giveaway on Saturday night. Lion’s Club dinners will begin serving 6 p.m. Friday night and Saturday after the parade at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 4 p.m. Grand Marshalls include Bellbrook Mayor Bob Baird and Sugarcreek Township Trustee Scott Bryant.
For more information about the Lions Club Festival contact Ernie Josche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle Coots is an area resident and freelance writer for the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook Times and the Greene County Newspapers.