6 reasons to head to RibFest this weekend

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

You had us at RibFest.

Make your way to Huber Heights this weekend if you want to get your rib fix. The community is hosting its 3rd annual RibFest!

Now, in case you weren’t sold on the assumption that there will be a boatload of delicious RIBS there, here are an additional 6 reasons to make your way to Huber Heights this weekend.

>> PHOTOS: Huber Heights RibFest 2016

Soaring temperatures didn't everyone from enjoying the lip-smacking barbecue, chilled drinks and other live entertainment at the 2016 Huber Heights Ribfest on Sunday, July 24. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

1. Live Music
Talented bands will be in the mix, playing some solid jams on both days.

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Soaring temperatures didn't everyone from enjoying the lip-smacking barbecue, chilled drinks and other live entertainment at the 2016 Huber Heights Ribfest on Sunday, July 24. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

2. Food
Well, it goes without saying. You don’t want to miss the backyard grillers who’ve got all the ribs you can physically devour. Even if you don’t want ribs, they’ll have brisket, chicken and pulled pork as well as roasted corn. Don’t miss the Backyard Grillers competition on Saturday.

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Food items and food vendors include:
  • Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden 
  • Pork Brothers 
  • Fine Smoke 
  • Southern Sisters 
  • Amish Donuts 
  • Kettlecorn 
  • Spankys 
  • Rib-N-It 
  • Smokin’ Barrells 
  • Young's Jersey Dairy Ice Cream and Cheese Curds 
  • Shrimp Lips 
  • Lobster Tails 
  • Shrimp snow crabs 
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese 
  • Fish & More

Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade - 5 Fast Facts

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade. 

If you plan to travel to New York to see the spectacle for yourself this year or will be tuning in, here are five things to know about the parade:

Spider-Man at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Where is the parade route and where can I view it?

The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits Columbus Circle, it turns east onto Central Park South and marches until turning south again onto 6th Avenue. The parade continues south until reaching 34th Street, where it turns west and ends at 7th Avenue. The last of the balloons and performers touch 7th Avenue around noon.

(Macy’s)

While there is no seating available for the public, anyone is welcome to bring blankets or chairs and find a spot along the parade route at no charge. Since these spots are first-come, first-serve, some families camp out several hours before the parade begins. Plan to arrive early to snag good seats.

Many regular parade-goers recommend avoiding Macy's official parade viewing area on 34th Street, since it's the most crowded. One balloon handler on Reddit suggested that Columbus Circle also might not be a good viewing area, since the winds are more unpredictable and the procession moves more quickly through that spot. He added that the first few blocks south of 77th Street tend to attract smaller crowds because that street is farther from the train stations.

What is included in the parade procession?

In addition to more than two dozen inflated balloons, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features floats, clowns, performers and marching bands from across the country. The Peanuts gang appear on their float, Snoopy's Doghouse, alongside McDonald's Big Red Shoe, Mount Rushmore, Winter Wonderland by Delta Airlines and more, including Macy's many floats.

Macy's website also lists the participating clown troupes with themes like Breakfast Clowns, Arrsome Pirates and Viking Clowns. Marching bands in the procession include several high schools and colleges, the U.S. Air Force, New York Police Department, and, of course, Macy's Great American Marching Band.

In addition to the parade procession, the event features performances that are held in the official Macy's viewing area on 34th Street. Check the Macy's website for updates to the lineup and more information on these performances.

The Harrison High School Marching Band from Kennesaw performed Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.(Jim Galloway / AJC)

Is Macy's unveiling anything special this year?

Among Macy's novelty balloons is a special tribute that deserves recognition. As a nod to the 70th anniversary of "Miracle on 34th Street," Macy's is recreating "Harold the Baseball Player," a balloon that was featured in the classic black-and-white film set in New York.

Though the original balloon appeared in full color during the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the recreation is black, white and gray as a throwback to the movie, which was shot on location and featured the parade. 

Can I see the balloons outside of the parade?

All of the balloons are inflated on Wednesday, November 22, and the event is open to the public. Head to Central Park West between 77th Street and 81st Street, near the American Museum of Natural History.

The balloons are inflated between 3 and 10 p.m., but the bulk of them are done in the evening, so it's best to be late to this event.

What if I can't get to New York?

If you can't get to the Empire State for Thanksgiving, there are still plenty of ways to experience the parade in your pajamas. Watch the procession at 9 a.m. EST on NBC to see the balloons, floats and performers without fighting any crowds.

For a behind-the-scenes experience, Macy's has created a series of 360° videos that take the viewer on a tour of its parade studio. See the magic behind the Thanksgiving tradition and learn about how the balloons are made, from sketch to inflation.

This weekend is your last chance to go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival

Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

It’s an annual festival tradition you have to experience at least once.

This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes. 

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The 28th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 2 through Oct. 29.

Here are 5 things to know about the Renaissance Festival:

Scenes from the Ohio Renaissance Festival, which features 14 stages of entertainment. CONTRIBUTED

1. FUN THEMED WEEKENDS

This 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England and has special promotions each weekend.

9/2, 9/3 & 9/4 — Family & Friends Weekend 

Adults are two for the price of one, plus all kids 12 and under get in free Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day.

9/9 & 9/10 — Time Travelers Weekend 

Dress as your favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Costume contests for adults and kids.

9/16 & 9/17 — Pirates Weekend 

Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with a Pirate Stunt Show, Pirate Play Time and Talk like a Pirate contests (for adults and kids). 

9/23 & 9/24 — Barbarian Invasion Weekend 

Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion await. Compete in the Test of Strength Contest or the Turkey Leg Eating Contest. 

9/30 & 10/1 — Feast of Fools Weekend 

Fools Olympics and King of Fools contests and more.

10/7 & 10/8 — Highland Weekend 

Grab your kilts and join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Haggis Eating Contest, Knobby Knees Contest, and a traditional Highland Games competition. 

10/14 & 10/15 — Fantasy Weekend 

The Witches of Willy Nilly and the fairies will enchant the village. Enter the Fantasy Costume Contest. 

10/21 & 10/22 — Romance Weekend 

Men in tights? Ladies in bloomers? Oh and you can renew your wedding vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter’s Chapel. 

10/28 & 10/29 — Tricks or Treats Weekend 

Wear your costumes and bring the little ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids.

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Dirk and Guido, a.k.a. The Swordsmen, will instruct families on how to impale people like a proper gentleman at the 2017 Ohio Renaissance Festival, opening on Sept. 2. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

2. ENTERTAINMENT

There is plenty to see on 14 stages offering plenty of entertainment. Don’t miss the hard-hitting action as the Knights of Valour joust three times each day. Comedy and swordplay mesh as The Swordsmen showcase sharp skills and sharp wit. The 65-foot Galleon features a Pirate Comedy Stunt Show twice each day. Strolling musicians include Dylan Robertson, Glass Harmonica, The Flying Dulcimer, Kyle Meadows, Captain John Stout while many a good pub song will be heard in the village pubs.

The festival also offers thrilling human-powered rides, games of skill, warhorse rides, camel rides, the Amazing Maze, and the Tower of London Dungeon of Doom. 

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3. SHOPPING

The marketplace offers handmade wares including unique items created by world-class artisans. Witness demonstrations of time-honored crafts including glassblowing, blacksmithing, forging, leather tooling, weaving, boot making and more. New to the marketplace this year are original artist Art of Ed Beard Jr, pewter creations by Heekin Pewter and the beautiful floral garlands from The Royal Garland.

Big Turkey legs are only part of the great food found at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

4. FOOD

Festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and bread bowl soups and stews can be found as well as delicious new items. The Chocolate Raven features handmade chocolates and fudge. Archibald Drake’s features an ages old Fish and Chips recipe. KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will have a menu from across the pond and down south. Wash it all down with a wide variety of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks, coffees and teas.

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5. GROWN-UP FUN

The festival offers daily special events for those 21 and over. The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show features songs and limericks you won’t hear on the streets in an hour-long show. New this year, test your memory and play Willy Nilly Trivia during the Pub Crawl.

WANT TO GO?

What: Ohio Renaissance Festival

When: Sept. 2-Oct. 29 for nine weekends – Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day

Where: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Located just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.

Cost: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

5 reasons to do Halloween early at this spooktacular weekend festival

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We visit the 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival.

Celebrate Halloween a weekend early with this community celebration complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests.

Here are 5 reasons to go to the Fairborn Halloween Festival Oct. 20-22.

1. NEW: Witch’s Brew Beer Garden and food trucks

New this year is the Witch’s Brew Beer Garden located in the 5/3 Commons area with Hairless Hare, Warped Wing and Heidelberg Distributors. The Witch’s Brew Beer Garden is open from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be several food trucks/food vendors on site throughout the festival.

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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)

2. SpooktackularParade and costume contest

The 61st Annual Spooktacular Parade will assemble at the Fairborn YMCA. Costume judging will take place from 6-7 p.m., with the parade proceeding from the “Y” at 7:30 p.m. on Kauffman Avenue and down Main Street to the festival’s main stage. Costume prizes will be awarded for different age groups for youth, plus categories of adult, family, animal, best couple and overall scariest. Trick-or-treat at the booths as well.

>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016

3. Zombie Walk

Join in on a Zombie walk Saturday night. Walkers can pre-register at the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce until Thursday, Oct. 19, or can sign up at 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Fairborn Senior Center. The cost to walk is $3 if already made-up and $6 to have your makeup done by a make-up artist. Beverages, face painting and “blood” splattering will be available at 5 p.m. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. and travel down Main Street to the front of the festival stage, where the zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

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)

4. Fun and games

Amusement rides, games and crafts will take place Friday alongside the costume judging and parade. Saturday’s festivities start at 11 a.m. and include amusement rides, games, crafts, downtown shopping and food vendors. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. is the perfect time for families and kids to visit the festival to enjoy amusement rides, downtown shopping, food vendors and crafts.

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5. Live music

On Friday, local band Beesly takes the stage from 9-11 p.m.

On Saturday, local country music performer Jenna Snow will perform at 3:30 p.m. Rock It 88 (’60s and ’70s rock) will perform at 5:30 p.m. Forsaken will perform classic rock starting at 8 p.m.

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THE SCHEDULE

Here is the complete schedule of events (subject to change)

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

4-11 p.m. — Amusement Rides

6-7:30 p.m. — Games, crafts and activities at YMCA

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

6-7 p.m. — Costume judging at YMCA

7:30 p.m. — Spooktacular Parade

9-11 p.m. — Local Band Beesly

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Amusement rides

1:30-2 p.m. — Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Jenna Snow

5:30-7 p.m. — Rock It 88

6-7 p.m. — Trick or Treat at the Booths

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

8-9:30 p.m. — Forsaken

9:30 p.m. — Zombie Walk

SUNDAY, OCT. 22

Noon-6 p.m. — Amusement rides

WANT TO GO?

What: 6th annual Fairborn Halloween Festival

When: Friday to Sunday, Oct. 20-22

Where: Downtown Fairborn

Cost: Free admission

More info:WebsiteFacebook

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.