Spring is in the air – storms and all. Butler County is coming out of the winter hibernation with some great events. Enjoy the warmer air and visit these amazing events in Butler County.  Check out our Butler County Connect events calendar for more events happening in March.

Maple Syrup Festival at Hueston Woods
Weekends, March 4-5 & 11-12 from 8am-4pm
All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge Trailblazer Dining Room – 8:00AM to 1:00PM Adults/$6 Kids 10 & Under/$5.  Maple Syrup Tours – Noon to 4:0PM.
Begin with a hayride at the Pioneer Farm on Brown Road next to the Golf Course. Enjoy a hike through the “Big Woods” a designated State Nature Preserve, and learn the art of maple syrup production as well as the cultural and natural history of the area. Food, beverage, and maple syrup with be on sale throughout the day. Visit the Nature Center – 10:00AM to 4:30PM Tour our indoor/outdoor exhibits of reptiles, birds of prey and more!

J.D. Vance: From Middletown to the Bestseller List: The Reality of the American Dream
Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
J.D. Vance, Middletown native and author of the best-selling 2016 book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will speak at Miami University Regionals’ annual Alex and Lena Casper Memorial Lecture on March 9 at 7 p.m., in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Middletown Campus.  This free and open to the public lecture, titled “From Middletown to the Bestseller List: The Reality of the American Dream”, will be followed by a book signing, with books available for sale.

Shamrock Shuffle
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @  7am – Noon
The Shamrock Shuffle, benefiting the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, is a 5k/10k event and Community Block Party hosting more than 5000 attendees on The Square @ Union Centre in West Chester. Proceeds support the Community Foundation’s Community Grants Fund and ongoing operations, as well as, the many different nonprofit organizations who register a team through the Shuffle Gives Back program.

Ruffles and Rust Expo
Weekend, March18 & 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Butler County Fairgrounds – Tickets $5

Ruffles and Rust Expo is traveling boutique show with a vintage flair! Enjoy shopping our 2 day show inside the comfort of heated and air conditioned facilities! Our vendors will showcase boutique apparel, jewelry, vintage style furniture / decor, architectural salvage designs, handmade pieces, gourmet foods and so much more! If you like sparkly, funky, trendy one of a kind things then you are sure to find just what you are looking for at Ruffles and Rust Expo Ohio! There will be a wine tasting featuring 3 of Ohio’s finest wineries both days. Tickets for the wine tasting will be offered the day of the event at the wine tasting tables. When you are tired and need to recharge to keep shopping fabulous vendors, mosey outside and into the food tent to enjoy our Food Truck Vendors! They are sure to hit the spot!

Fitton Showstoppers: Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra 
March 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Fitton Center for Creative Arts

The HFSO returns with the world premiere of a 1940s saxophone concerto with orchestra, composed by the audacious, Pulitzer Prize-winning Henry Brant. This concert will also feature beloved classics of the era from Ellington, Dorsey, Goodwin and Gershwin, led by maestro Paul Stanbery.

Miami Regionals Hosts Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: Romeo & Juliet 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Miami University Hamilton Parrish Auditorium

Join the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for their performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The performance is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No tickets are required. Contact Katherine Kickel kickelke@miamioh.edu–with questions or concerns.

Fairfield’s Fantastic Race: Extreme Scavenger Hunt 
Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fairfield’s Village Green 

The “Fairfield Fantastic Race!” is an exciting, interactive “extreme” scavenger hunt in the Village Green area. Participant teams earn points by completing as many challenges during the race as possible. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the most points and for team spirit! Cost is $20 for age13-adult, $15 for ages 12-8, Free for 7and under. Proceeds benefit youth empowerment through Fairfield Prevention Coalition.