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How to celebrate National Record Store Day in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
Amelia Robinson
Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the pop and hiss of fresh vinyl.

Saturday, April 22 is National Record Store Day, and there are a few places you have to check out if you’re into finding rarities or building your collection.

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

OMEGA MUSIC, 318 E. 5th St., Dayton | | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. April 22

According to their Facebook event page, Omega has “the largest selection of Record Store Day titles in the Miami Valley. We ordered almost every title, and we ordered early!” 

Enjoy: Free swag bags for early customers, a special beer tasting at 5 p.m. with Warped Wing, bites from The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton food truck, prizes, and more.

Listen: There’ll be a stellar music lineup featuring Salvadore Ross, GOON, The Company Man, The Liquid Crystal Project (feat. J Rawls), Nick Kizirnis, and HEXADIODE.

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

TOXIC BEAUTY RECORDS, 220 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | Facebook | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 22

Enjoy: There will be limited-edition items (vinyl, posters, and more), and the first 100 customers to show up receive a free goodie bag. The Ticket Scavenger Hunt is back, and here’s how it works: “Hidden around the store will be flyers that will be clearly marked as a WINNER. Bring the flyer to the counter and receive 2 FREE tickets to the show concert. Here’s the list of shows we’ll be hiding flyers to: Silversun Pickups, Little Dragon, The xx, The Black Angels, At The Drive In and Spoon.”

Hot Dayton firefighters, beer, music and more this weekend

Published: Friday, June 03, 2016 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:36 PM

Sidney firefighter Dallas Davis pulled out the little guns when competed in Hunks and Ladders Combat Challenge for A Special Wish, Pink Ribbon Driven and Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association. Video by Amelia Robinson

The Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge will draw fun-loving, socially conscious and fit firefighters from across Ohio to The Greene Saturday, July 22.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. The challenge includes an obstacle course with feats of strength, like pulling a 165-pound dummy 75 feet. But who does what better is not really the point.

Let’s be honest, there are few professions as smokin' hot as firefighting.

>> PHOTOS: Hot firefighters compete to be in sexy calendar

“It's more about showing off their muscles and hyping up the crowd and impressing the judges,” said Jake Preston, an emergency recovery coordinator at Paul Davis, a recovery, reconstruction and restoration company and Hunks and Ladders sponsor.

The local firefighters will be competing for a spot in the 2017-2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar. “The calendar is another way for firefighters to give back to the community they proudly serve,” said Preston.

All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will benefit the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial, A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter and the Pink Ribbon Driven Foundation.

The second annual event is family-friendly and features not only the competition, but live band, food, beverages, vender booths and the Hunks and Ladders fire engine.

He said the day is all about raising awareness and funds for three deserving charities: A Special Wish Foundation Inc, Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association, and Pink Ribbon Driven.

“What we are looking for is guys who will sell calendars, come to the events and get into it,” Preston added.

Judges -- this writer included -- will select the top 12 firefighters for this year's Hunks and Ladders calendar.

A champion will be belted.

The new Hunks and Ladders group picks up the charity firefighter calendar tradition that started in the 1980s and was an annual must-have until the calendar publication ceased in 2004.






Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22

WHERE:The Greene,4450 Buckeye Ln, Beavercreek, OH 45440

COST: Free  

INFO: or Facebook

Love BBQ? Here are 3 reasons you can’t miss this festival this weekend

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

Things could get deliciously messy at Saturday’s Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival.
Things could get deliciously messy at Saturday’s Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival.(Contributed)

So here we are in July and you’re saying you feel a little festival’d out? Allow me to offer you three reasons to rise up off the couch and go out and do it again for the Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival in Waynesville this Saturday.

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Now I know lots of area festivals have beer, and we’re sure glad they do. But do they have more than 60 different beers? Doubtful. From New Holland Brewing’s potent and legendary Dragons Milk stout to the highly-regarded Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer Company and all things fancy in between, choosy beer lovers are sure to find something to their liking.

Not a fan of all that highfalutin beer jazz? Domestic beers and wines will also be available at the festival.

>> Your guide to Dayton-area BBQ

Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House will be among the many breweries represented at Saturday’s festival in Waynesville. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)


Summer seems like it was created for grilling and smoking succulent meats, and it seems like we all know someone who calls themselves a pit master. 

Why not load all your BBQ experts in the car to give these masters a try? Five vendors from around the region will have their smokers going full bore with pork and beef using cherry, apple, oak and hickory to bring out the best flavors in the meat. Prices for the sandwiches generally range from $7 to $10.

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Six rock bands of various styles and backgrounds will play throughout the day, but how often can you say you’ve seen the best Bon Jovi tribute band from CanadaCrush bombastically bills itself as the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute band of the Great White North. When pressed with either spending $200 a ticket to see the real thing hundreds of miles away, or Canada’s best version thereof in Waynesville for $5 with beer and BBQ, this festival seems like the clear winner. 

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Crush, a Bon Jovi tribute band out of Canada, will headline the Buckeye Craft Beer and BBQ Festival at the Renaissance Grounds on Saturday, July 22. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

7 festivals happening in (and around) Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:05 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)

You know you’re in the prime of summer when you actually have to choose between all the different festivals happening on the weekend. 

>> Your guide to festivals in and around Dayton in 2017

Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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1.) Garlic Fest 2017

The Sons of Italy group is celebrating Garlic Fest! 2017 at the hall located at 2625 County Line Road in Kettering, according to Lisa Grigsby, an event organizer.

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“Everybody loves a stinking good time,” she has said of the free event packed with garlicky fun. 

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When: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Where: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering 

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>>RELATED: 5 reasons to go to Garlic Fest 2017

2.) The Ohio Challenge Balloon and Festival

A giant crab and a giant gator will be among the more than 30 balloons that are set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember.

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The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend. 

>>RELATED: 10 of the most unique balloons from The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival over the years

Want to go?  

When: Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. The festival is open 4-10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Balloon activity only from 7-9:30 a.m. Sunday.  

Where: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave and Verity Parkway in Middletown  

Cost: During regular evening festival hours, walk-in admission is $4 per adult (children ages 12 and under are free), $10 per vehicle to park and ride a shuttle or $20 per vehicle to park on site. Handicapped parking is available for $10 inside Smith Park with a valid permit (see parking attendant). Vehicles should enter the festival grounds via Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road.

3.) Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival

So here we are in July and you’re saying you feel a little festival’d out? 

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There are three reasons to rise up off the couch and go out and do it again for the Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival in Waynesville this Saturday: Craft beer, great food, and live music including the best Bon Jovi tribute band from Canada. 

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When: July 22, 2017, 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Park, Renaissance Park Dr, Middletown, OH

More info: Website 

Several area musicians gathered at the Troy Eagles Campground in Troy, June 29 - 30, for the 2016 Miami Valley Music Fest. (LIBBY BALLENGEE/CONTRIBUTED)

4.) The Miami Valley Music Fest 2017

This weekend, Friday July 21st and Saturday July 22nd, is the Miami Valley Music Fest, the harbinger of local music festivals in the greater Dayton area, and it always rings in festival season with style.

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The Troy-based, 2-day, 4 stage, family friendly festival is near and dear to many people’s hearts for its dedication to local charities.

The festival also includes camping, vendors, food, and activities for kids.

>>RELATED: The best places to enjoy live local music in Dayton

This year’s line up features D Funk Allstars, The Spikedrivers, The Almighty Get Down, Freekass, Caamp, Elementree Livity Project, Mike Perkins, Subterranean, and an encore performance of This Must Be the Party!

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When: Friday, July 21 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, July 23 at 12 p.m.

Where: Troy Eagles Campground at 2252 Troy-Urbana Rd Troy, OH 45373.

Cost: Tickets for the festival are $40 for single day, or even better, $60 for the entire weekend. Options for premium camping and a VIP experience are also available.

Info: WebsiteFacebook 

5.) Mary Help of Christians Festival

The 44th annual festival is happening this weekend and will feature festival food, live entertainment, carnival rides and more.

When: July 21-23, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mary, Help of Christians, 954 N. Maple Ave., Fairborn

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Many enjoyed the tastes and sounds of the bayou at Fraze Pavilion, Saturday, July 16.(Jim Ingram)


6.) Swamp Romp 
This annual festival is one of the Fraze’s biggest bashes of the summer. Get down with the gators, trade beads with the locals at the best fest north of the bayou. Additional food vendors have been added this year.

When: Saturday, July 22, 4 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering 

Cost: FREE

More info: Phone: 937-296-3300 | E-mail: | Website

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7.) Summer Moon Festival

 Celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing; enjoy inflatable activities, science demonstrations, face painting, aeronautics activities, mini golf, a kids trivia competition, the Lima Area Concert Band, animals from the Toledo Zoo, and the Run to the Moon races (

When: July 22-23, Events start at 7 a.m. Saturday & Sunday

Where: Armstrong Air & Space Museum, 500 Apollo Dr., Wapakoneta, and downtown Wapakoneta

More info: Website



FREE mega-LEGO event this weekend

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Lego exhibit on display at the Champaign County Arts Council in Urbana. Bill Lackey/Staff
Bill Lackey
The Lego exhibit on display at the Champaign County Arts Council in Urbana. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)

Whether they were simply ammunition for long stacks of blocks to whack your brother with, or you were a mastermind behind grand pirate kingdoms — LEGOS will always be cool. 

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This weekend, children of all ages might want to know about this free LEGO show at the Caesar Creek Flea Market.

Nichole Back, of Franklin, removes hand-made items from her booth at Caesar Creek Markets Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Wilmington, Ohio. The marketplace suffered severe smoke damage from a fire on Friday, March 23, which has forced all indoor tenants to remove their items. Staff photo by Nick Daggy(Nick Daggy/Staff photo by Nick Daggy)

The event will feature some guys who really, really like LEGOS.  The Michigan LEGO Club will make an appearance to show off their skills and creativity. 

Luckily, you have two chances to catch all the imagination in action. There will be a show both Saturday and Sunday, with LIVE music happening all-day Saturday.  

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The Double Eagles Tribute band will be rockin’ on Caesar Creek’s outdoor stage, while Bob Ford gets the music goin’ on the indoor stage. 

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Want to go?

WHAT: LEGO Show at the Caesar Creek Flee Market 

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, July 22nd & 23rd— 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

WHERE: 7763 St. Rt. 73 W., Wilmington, OH

COST: FREE; $2 parking

MORE INFO: Facebook