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Lip Sync Battle hits Dayton tonight 

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.
Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.

Lips will battle, and dogs and cats will win. 

The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s Oregon District, will play host to “SYNC for SICSA” from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 12. 

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You can help SICSA even if you can’t make tonight’s event. 

The Dublin Pub  will donate 20 percent of food all day long to the nonprofit pet adoption center located in Kettering. 

Dayton.com’s very own Sarah Franks will battle Dayton area comedian Keith Irvin; Zac Pitts of Living Dayton; Rodney Veal  of ThinkTV's "The Art Show;" Dayton Most Metro food blogger Steve “The Big Ragu” Milano and Gina Ferraro of WCHD  99.9 FM. 

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Here is a blurb from the Facebook event page: 

 Come cheer on Dayton Personalities at the first ever SYNC for SICSA lip sync battle, as they raise money for SICSA Pet Adoption Center. No registration needed and no cover charge either.
There will be three rounds during the battle that is similar to Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle” hosted by Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J.

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Popular Dayton-area festival won’t be held this year

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

A vendor sells skateboards and related accessories at a booth at last year's Cyclops Fest. CONTRIBUTED
HANDOUT
A vendor sells skateboards and related accessories at a booth at last year's Cyclops Fest. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

Crafty folks in the Dayton-area will need something to keep their hands extra busy this fall.

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Yellow Springs’ annual handmade festival in September, Cyclops Fest, is taking a gap year to regroup and take a breather, event organizer DJ Galvin told this news organization. 

>> Festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Jewelry for sale at the 2012 Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs. A crowd of about 8,000 enthusiasts of handmade items and DIY culture is expected to turn out for the third annual Cyclops Fest, returning to John Bryan Center in Yellow Springs on Saturday, Sept. 14. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

The event is consistently successful and highly anticipated, attracting around 8,000 people each year. Typically, around 90 vendors bring their “handmade awesomeness” to share. 

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Owners of Urban Handmade, a downtown Yellow Springs business that strives to “give you a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that will liberate you from the mall mentality,” are the passionate people behind the festival. 

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“Early on, we sent out an email to our existing members (vendors & patrons), letting them know that there won’t be a fest this year,” Galvin said. “The response has been supportive.”

However, Cyclops fans will only need to sit out this one year. According to Galvin, plans for the 2018 Fest are already under way. 

Reasons to go to the Annie Oakley Festival this weekend — and one may surprise you

Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Annie Oakley uses a mirror to shoot over her shoulder in an undated photograph. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM
National Annie Oakley Center
Annie Oakley uses a mirror to shoot over her shoulder in an undated photograph. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM(National Annie Oakley Center)

Annie Oakley: native Ohioan, world-famous sharpshooter, and a living legend in our region.

Every year, shooting competitions, a parade, a festival and dozens of other events are honored in her name in and around her home city of Greenville.

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Annie Oakley, known as "Little Miss Sure Shot," was born in Darke County north of Greenville. She and her husband Frank Butler, a professional exhibition shooter, traveled the world with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM

The Annie Oakley Festival, which dates back to 1963,  will be held from July 28-30. 

Here are a few good reasons to go:

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1. LEGENDARY SIDEWALK SALES

This part may surprise you! One of the little-known secrets of this festival are the mega-sidewalk sales in Greenville. Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales from July 27-29, with even a few opening on Sunday for extended hours, including KitchenAid Experience. Some highlights: 

The KitchenAid Experience will be offering some of its lowest prices on kitchen small appliances and gadgets. Get in line early for the best deals! Be warned that lines can get long. Respond to the Facebook event as “interested” or “going” for more details throughout the week and like the Darke County Visitors Bureau Facebook page. 

The Cozy Nest is having a huge liquidation sale on home decor to get ready for a move to a new location.

Sadie Grace is offering 40-70 percent off clearance and will host Angelina with FAB Leather Designs on Thursday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering handmade leather designs.

Youniques Boutique is having their Summer Clearance Sale in conjunction with the sidewalk sales. Blue Bow Boutique will be offering lots of merchandise at 50 percent off. Sweet Annie's Cabin will be offering 25-75 percent off summer apparel for children and adults, plus florals, home décor and linens. The Little Ones clothing store will be having a .50 cent table and a $1 rack out front.

Visit the Main Street Greenville website for more up-to-date info on sales and info on how to get a KitchenAid coupon. 

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The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

2. OLD-FASHIONED ADVENTURE

What better way to honor a sharpshooting legend than by doing the very thing that made Miss Oakley so famous? 

The festival includes a shooting contest for young women, a fast draw contest, horse show, historical impersonators, daily story time for the children, bus tours, a talent show and demonstrations including knife throwing, whip cracking and more. 

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Knife-throwing couple Kirk and Melodee Bass entertain guests during their “Bass Blades” show.

3. OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN

This event is ideal for families as well. During festival hours, enjoy storytime with Annie, family games, kiddie tractor pulls, horse shows on Friday and Saturday and wiener races on Sunday.

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The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

 

WANT TO GO?

What: Annie Oakley Festival When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 28-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30
Where: York Woods, 6129 Reed Road, Versailles 

Cost: Free admission

More info: Website | Facebook

Wacky foods you’ll only find at this year’s Ohio State Fair

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We visited the Ohio State Fair in 2016 and tried some pretty crazy deep-fried treats, including bugs!!

Things are expected to get weird at state fairs. Clowns, goats and pampered rabbits outnumber those attending, calorie-counting is forgotten, and for an entire week, it’s completely acceptable to smell of barnyard animals.

2015 Ohio State Fair: Day One(DANIEL OWEN/2015 Ohio State Fair | DANIEL OW)

The food fare at the Ohio State Fair is no different. There is no better time to try bizarre foods without judgement. In fact, we’re only judging if you DON’T try one of these (potentially) marvelous cuisines: 

1.) How about a deep-fried gummy bear? This ooey-gooey creature is five-inches thick and crafted by professional candy connoisseurs from North Carolina. The colossal gummy bear is then dipped in a vanilla batter and coated with powdered sugar.  Our sweet-tooth is tingling just thinking about it!

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Dee-fried, bacon-wrapped Oreos(Brien Vincent/Photo contributed by the Ohio State Fair)

2.) Need a little protein after ride hoppin’ all day long? The Ohio State Fair might be your one-time opportunity to devour a “sloppy doughnut”— BBQ pulled pork, smooshed between a bun of glazed doughnuts and finished with deep-fried pickle chips. Wow.

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(Photo contributed by the Ohio State Fair)

3.) Tater-tots, french fries’ chubby cousin, are expected to be a big hit this year. Food vendors will be serving up hot potato buds topped with everything imaginable. Philly tots, Texas tots, buffalo tots, tots n’ debris, gumbo tots, poutine tots, Greek tots, breakfast and bacon tots will be available, according to an Ohio State Fair press release.

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4.) And don’t forget, anything that’s been fried has also probably been wrapped in bacon. This year’s fair is promised to have your bacon-wrapped Buckeyesbacon-wrapped Oreos and probably bacon-wrapped bacon.

Deep-fried Buckeyes, anyone? PHOTO / Daniel Owen(DANIEL OWEN/2015 Ohio State Fair | DANIEL OW)

How can you find the wackiest of the wacky?

The Ohio State Fair has a new feature on their website that will be your best friend while you hunt down the craziest foods you crave. This year, you’ll be able to search for the food you’re looking for, and the site will locate the vendors selling that exact food at the fair. 

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“With 195 food vendor options at the fair, there’s bound to be something wild and crazy. I think people have realized there’s opportunities here to try something that they might not get a chance to try again,” said Alicia Schultz, spokesperson for the Ohio State Fair.

3 festivals happening in (and around) Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

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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A full weekend of food, entertainment, music and vendors took over Riverscape MetroPark in downtown Dayton during the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival, July 24-26. File photo.

1.) Dayton Celtic Festival 

There is a good reason why this is one of the signature festivals of summer. International headliners like Gaelic Storm and Socks in the Frying Pan are always a big draw at the annual Dayton Celtic Festival presented by the United Irish of Dayton. Plus the incredible beer and food! 

>> 50 ideas for your Dayton Summer Bucket List

WANT TO GO?  

When: July 28-30: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 101 E. Monument Ave., Dayton 

Cost: Free 

Info: 937-372-9788 | Facebook | Website

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Celtic Festival 2016

The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

2.) Annie Oakley Days

This celebration is dedicated to the world-famous sharpshooter who hails from the region. The festivities in her honor include a parade, a car show, a shoot-out, demonstrations including whip artistry, knife throwing, horse show, wiener race, story time with Annie, music and more. Plus, this festival is also known for its incredible sidewalk sales. No better time to visit Darke County.

>> Things to do at the Annie Oakley festival

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WANT TO GO?  

When: July 28-30: Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: York Woods, 6129 Reed Road, Versailles

Cost: Free admission

More info: Website

Win “The Holy Grail of Trappist Beers” basket at the Belgian Ale and Food Festival, August 8 at the Miami Valley Golf Club. Photo source: daytonbaff.com

3.) Belgian Ale and Food Festival

Enjoy 21 Belgian and Belgian Style Ales — plus special selections from local and regional brewers. Paired with a variety of ales, there will be a menu of authentic, gourmet Belgian cuisine. Retail beer and growler sales will be available. The "Holy Grail of Trappist Beer" also will be raffled off.

WANT TO GO?

When: Saturday, July 29, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Miami Valley Golf Club, 3311 Salem Ave., Dayton

Cost: Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $40. Also, $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Gem City Market, a full-service grocery co-op.

More info: Website | Facebook

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