Love vinyl? Don’t miss this awesome record sale this weekend

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

One local radio station is raising money by selling old vinyl.

Vinyl’s not dead. It just got more expensive. But that’s not the case at this weekend’s WSWO 97.3 FM record sale in Huber Heights.

The tiny 100-watt radio station, playing a multitude of formats to include covering Wayne High School sports, started up roughly 12 years ago and is made up entirely of volunteers. Since then it’s enjoyed a cult following of sorts.

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“The nice thing about this station is probably two-thirds of the people that work here have never been on the air anywhere else. So we train them on how to use the equipment,” said Program Director Tony Peters. “If it’s on people’s bucket list to be a DJ, this is a cool thing they can do.”

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Recent technological advances to WSWO made it unnecessary to play vinyl albums on the air. So the station decided to turn its record library over to collectors of all kinds with discounts as deep than some of the tracks on the albums themselves.  Though the station has done record sales in the past, this one will be a little different.

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Many of the records on sale were donated from personal collections.(Jim Ingran)

“We don’t get on the radio and beg for money. We don’t do a radiothon like some of the other stations,” Peters said. “We’re trying something new. We’ve never charged an admission, but Friday night we’re (asking for) a donation of $5. That way you get your first crack of all the records.”

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The sale runs through Sunday and will include 45s, cassettes, CDs and even 8-tracks -- a LOT of 8-tracks.

“Some guy called the other day and dropped off 4,000 8-tracks,” Peters laughed.

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Though everything is used, Peters says it’s easy to find real gems like first pressings with the vinyl in pristine condition, with most full-lengths going for as little as $2. Of course, some bigger-name releases may cost a few dollars more, however, most everything will be no more than $5 each. Most CDs, cassettes and 8-tracks will be $1 each.

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An original pressing of Jerry Lee Lewis from Sun Studios cleaned up could be music to a collector's ears.(Jim Ingram)

“Some guy dropped off his whole Led Zeppelin collection. You can get the re-pressings, but where could you get an entire original set of all nine  (studio) Zeppelin albums?” Peters said.

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While the hardcore record collector is sure to peruse the sale, the event is also a great opportunity for those who may just be beginning to give their collection a great start...and it’s all for a worthy cause.

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“The whole idea is this is going to be the money that keeps the lights on,” Peters explained.


What: WSWO 97.3 FM Record Sale

Where: 6114 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights

When: Friday: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $5 (suggested donation for Friday only)

7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:56 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:56 PM

Here are seven of the most important expert guidelines for wearing contact lenses Keep lenses clean with a proper solution or risk infection Store reusable lenses in the proper storage case after rubbing and rinsing it with sterile contact lens solution Don't forget that colored contact lenses have all the same risks as other contact lenses Don't use saliva to moisten a lens Always wash your hands before coming into contact with your contact lenses Never wear your lenses longer than prescribed During spor

A 67-year-old woman in England complained of dry eyes and went to an optometrist, according to a recent Mens Health report. The cause of her irritation: 27 contact lenses that had to be surgically removed.

Though most contact lens wearers wouldn’t let things go that far, many are guilty of bending the rules and taking a risk with their eyes. Some people start treating their lenses casually, because they're long-time wearers, while newbies are just as likely to forget (or never know) that these medical devices can cause medical issues.

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According to a 2010 study published in Pediatrics, about a fourth of the roughly 70,000 children who end up in the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices are related to a contact lens complaint.

Contact lens issues at any age can include infections and eye abrasions and even blindness. All the dangers of contact lense use are easily avoided, though, when you start following (or go back to following) expert advice on contact lens wear.

 Here are seven of the most important expert guidelines:

Contact lenses require proper care to avoid infection. Many adolescents exhibit a habit that puts them at risk, a new study found. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Keep lenses clean with a proper solution. If you don't use the proper solution to keep contact lenses clean and moist, you can get eye infections, plain and simple, said Dr. Bernard P. Lepri, an FDA optometrist who was interviewed on the FDA website.
"Bacterial infections can be extremely rapid, result in corneal ulcers, and cause blindness — sometimes within as little as 24 hours if not diagnosed and treated promptly."

Be savvy about storage. How you store your contacts is almost as important as the way you wear them. According to the CDC, you should store reuseable lenses only in the proper storage case after rubbing and rinsing it with sterile contact lens solution — never tap water. Also leave it open to dry after each use and replace your storage case at least once every three months. Your eyes are worth the outlay.

Be aware: Colored contact lenses are no playing matter. Don't forget that colored or so-called "costume" contact lenses are still medical devices, even if you're using them just for fashion, said Lepri. That means they have all the same risks as other contact lenses, and wearers should follow the same safety procedures.

Whether for pleasure or need, you need a prescription even for colored contact lenses, says the FDA. Places that sell colored lenses over the counter or without a prescription are breaking the law, and this includes online purchases.

Along with shopping only after you get a prescription, note that even decorative lenses do not come "one size fits all." You'll need an ophthamologist or optometrist to measure each eye for a proper fit and see how your eyes respond to wearing the colored lenses. Poor-fitting lenses can cause serious eye damage, from scratches on the cornea to pink eye, decreased vision and even blindness, said the FDA's Lepri. 

"The problem isn't with the decorative contacts themselves," Lepri added. "It's the way people use them improperly — without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care."

Don't use saliva to moisten a lens. It's an easy slip to make once, and then continue, but it could result in terrible infections or just irritations that take time to heal, according to the CDC. 

Always wash your hands before coming into contact with your contact lenses. Don't just wash your hands before you clean and insert your lenses, said the FDA: Dry them, too, with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Never wear your lenses longer than prescribed. According to the FDA, you should never sleep in lenses that were not prescribed to be worn that way.

Amy Simpson, 40, of West Palm Beach, adjusts her goggles just prior to the start of the Loggerhead Triathlon held at Carlin Park Saturday morning. The event, which began at 7 a.m., began with a three-eighths of a mile ocean swim, followed by a 13-mile bike ride from Carlin Park to Loggerhead Park, and concluded with a 5k run from Carlin Park to the Jupiter Inlet and back. Photo by Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post
During sports, wear goggles or glasses over your lenses. You may be so used to wearing contact lenses that they seem like part of your eyes, but as medical devices, they need protection during sports, according to the FDA.

Beer, brats, food trucks and a few more reasons to go to Oktoberfest

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 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)

For the 46th time, the Dayton Art Institute will be throwing its annual Oktoberfest fundraising party, adding the unusual component of arts and crafts to the usual German food, music, and beer. 

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Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

In addition to the over 60 visiting artisans displaying and selling their wares, the museum’s permanent collection, including their current special exhibition, “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” will be open to patrons.

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By day, the vibe at the Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest is “more chill,” with people perusing the over 60 artisans on the premises. By night, it’s a party. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“The vibe changes from day to night,” said Amy Askins, DAI Oktoberfest Co-Chair. “During the day, it’s more chill. People are more interested in perusing the artisans. At night, it’s packed. It’s a party.”

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Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

A few notable facts about DAI Oktoberfest 2017:


Many people like to start their weekend early, so the DAI Oktoberfest is offering heavily discounted lunch and libations Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Brats, metts, tenderloins will be $5, and potato salad and the homemade noodles are $3 (or you combo it with a dessert for $10).

The beer and wine is $5. The beer list includes Miller Lite, Terrapin High 5 IPA, Blue Moon, Crispin Original Apple Cider, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest and Harvest Shandy, and Warsteiner’s Dunkel, Oktoberfest, Koenig Ludwig Hefeweiss, and Pilsner beers. Wines are Michelle Sparkling Brut, Dr. L Riesling, Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Save Me San Francisco Cabernet Sauvignon, and Deloach Pinot Noir.

The preview party will also feature these beverages, accompanied by live music from This Side Up, a Dayton-based rock cover band. Askins said that while lederhosen is certainly welcome, it is not mandatory, or even expected.

“We encourage people who work downtown to come out,” she said. “So they’ll be in their ordinary work attire. But a few people will be wearing (lederhosen) for sure.”

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Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER


For the main two-day party, there will be a full live music lineup and art-related activities for children. Most importantly, the one beer truck open for the lederhosen lunch and preview party will be joined by five others, bearing breweries such as Fat Head, Mad Tree, Dogfish, Great Lakes, and popular individual varieties such as New Belgium Fat Tire, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, and Stone Arrogant Bastard. On the wine side, an additional Riesling, Chardonnay, and two Cabernet Sauvignons will be added, as well as a Pinot Grigio and a Dark Red.

According to DAI organizers, the food options remain fairly consistent from year to year, with popular favorites such as Zombie Dogz and the Associate Board Alumni (the museum’s own) Brats & Metts. The few notable newbies this year are Kona Ice, Nida Thai, and the Drunken Waffle, which features such delicacies as the Reservoir Dog (a waffled corn dog), the Boba Feta Burger (quarter pounder topped with feta cheese and pesto between a waffle), and the Bocheesian Rhapsody (grilled cheddar and Jack cheese between a waffle). 

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Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER


Every year, the DAI offers an “official mug of Oktoberfest.” According to Chris Schairbaum, DAI Oktobefest Co-Chair, they typically sell over 1,000 of these each year. This year, Bubba Jones Cups, an Ohio potter who specializes in handmade ceramic items for craft breweries and enthusiasts, is designing the mug. There will be 16-ounce and 32-ounce mugs available, along with a few ceramic growlers. A mug purchase comes with a free beer ticket.

According to Askins, they had a larger-than-usual group of artisans applying to participate this year, including Renata Kelly, a wearable art artisan who makes, among other things, a shawl one can wear eight different ways.

“Every year, I go home with a new pair of earrings or a bracelet,” said Askins. “We have a handful of people who work in metal and glass, everything from large sculptures you can hang outside to centerpieces for large rooms to items that can fit in your hand. We have committee heads for all of these areas, and they really went above and beyond as far as recruitment.” 
Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER


What: The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 22-24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

Cost: $3-$7 (general), $55-$95 (preview party), free for children 6 and younger

More Info: 937-223-4ART or

What you need to know about DAI’s Oktoberfest (it’ll be here sooner than you think)

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 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 probably can’t tell it by the temperature, but fall is calling, and so are brats, bier and a whole lot of art. 

The Dayton Art Institute has released early details about its annual Oktoberfest and events surrounding it. 

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The celebration is set for Sept. 22 to 24 on the grounds of the museum, located at 456 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton. 

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Here are some key details: 


Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

The fun kicks off with a Lederhosen Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. Admission to the community-style lunch is free. 

Brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads and homemade noodles will be sold. There will be live entertainment. 


Oktoberfest was held Saturday September 25 at the Dayton Art Institute. Thousands enjoyed the warm early autumn sun, international and craft beers, entertainment, fine arts and food.(Jim Noelker)

The Oktoberfest Preview Party  is 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. 

It includes complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. There will be 65 artisan exhibitors and 30 food vendors.

There will be a cash bar for international beer and premium wine, and the band This Side Up will perform.

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Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Admission at the gate is $95. Online pre-sales begin in August. 


Here's who we saw during the 38th annual Oktoberfest preview party at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Friday, September 25, 2009.(Peter Wine)

Oktoberfest is noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

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It includes artisan booths, plenty of food, kid-friendly activities, music on two stages and lots and lots of international, domestic and craft beer (and wine, too).

Football will be played on four big screen TVs in the so-called “TV Cave.” 

Advance admission is $5 for adults and $3 for those ages 60 and older and ages 7 to 19. Admission at the gate is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth. Children ages 6 and younger are free. 

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Oktoberfest 2009 at The Dayton Art Institute Sunday, Sept. 27(Teesha McClam)

20 reasons why September might be the best festival month of the year

Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

A look at some of our favorite Dayton-area fall festivals.

September is full of festival fun! Mark your calendars for these festivals in Dayton or closeby.

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The Ohio Renaissance Festival offers nine weekends of festival fun from September through the end of October. CONTRIBUTED


Sept. 2-Oct.29, Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 2-Oct. 29 at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville.

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

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It’s an annual feast at the Dayton Greek Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(Contributing Writer)


Sept. 8-10, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton.

Authentic Greek food and patries, imports, jewelry, Greek Dancing, children’s activities, live Greek music, church tours, and free shuttle bus.

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Sept. 8-10, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg.

Enjoy the exquisite flavors of Egypt, shop for Egyptian jewelry, arts & crafts; live entertainment, raffle pries, carnival rides, face painting and more.


Sept. 8-9, 6-11 p.m. Friday & 12-11 p.m. Saturday at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia.

German bands, Bratwurst and Mettwurst, German Potato Salad, pretzels, beer, arts & crafts, children’s games and more. No pets allowed.

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(Tom Gilliam Photography for


Sept. 8-10, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton. Weekend of Italian music, Italian food, and a fun game of Bocce on the spacious grounds of Bella Villa. Free admission and parking. Shuttle service from the Reynolds & Reynolds parkinglot.


Sept. 8-9, Opens at 5 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. Saturday at Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St., Springboro.

Celebration of authentic German food, beer, wine and entertainment for the entire family.

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The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, now in its 29th year, takes place the weekend after Labor Day on Sept. 12 and 13.  (Source: Provided by the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival)

September 9-10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads, Beavercreek.

Festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, treats, special services, creative crafts and specialties made with popcorn. Also, children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities.


Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waynesville, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville.

Festival includes Artists Booths where artists, crafters and authors display and sell their creations. Over 40 artisans will feature everything from woodworking to fiber arts. Local entertainers will perform in the Main Street Gazebo and other locations around town.


Sept. 15-16, 4-9 p.m. Friday & 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia.

Paddleboats on the lake, food, vendors, a parade, free entertainment and the return of field day for kids are part of the festival.

Pigs, Pork chops and People were all plentyful Saturday at the Preble County Pork Festival in Eaton, Ohio. In it's 41st year the festival will cater to 100,000 visitors a day. With over 500 crafters, food vendors and even pig races there is something for everyone.(Martin Wheeler III)


Sept. 16-18, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton.

Lots of pork inspired food, over 400 arts and crafts vendors, parade, live pig displays, hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, camel and pony rides, petting zoo and more. No pets, please.


Sept.16-17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.

Observe sheep, llamas, alpacas, cashmere goats, Angora rabbits and other wool-bearing animals at the show. There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving and much more to see and learn. More than 100 vendors from several states.

Daytonians of Hispanic heritage joined the rest of the Gem City's international community in a day of fun, food, music and education at the 16th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


Sept.16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.

Featuring a parade, live Latin music and authentic Latin food, cultural performances and activities for the entire family.


Sept.17, 3-7 p.m.; Gates open at 1 p.m. at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton.

Featuring food & beverages, dancing, games and music, including Randy Krajewski and his polka band. No coolers, please.


Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beavercreek Community Park, 760 Factory Road, Beavercreek.

ArtFest is a creative festival with local artists of all genres, performers and Miami Valley food trucks. Visitors can help create ‘hands on’ art installation projects, shop for homemade items and enjoy stage and strolling performances by musicians and artists. Parking is available at Nutter Park on Factory Road with direct access to the bike path leading to the festival.

The 2009 Tipp City Mum Festival was held this weekend in Tipp City. The Tipp City Mum Festival started in 1959 which makes it the oldest festival in the Miami County. Mum is an abbreviation of Chrysanthemum, a hearty fall flower.(Jim Noelker)


Sept. 22-24, 4-10 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday & Sunday at Third Street, Tipp City.

Friday night Cruise-in, Saturday the Mum Festival Parade followed by festival activities at the City Park, Sunday festival activities. Live entertainment both Saturday and Sunday.

Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER


Sept. 23-24, 12-11 p.m. Saturday; 12-7 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.

Presented by Miller Lite, the community event includes artisans, unique international foods, selection of domestic, international and craft beers, family-friendly art activities, live music, a Weingarten with a variety of international wines and more. There will also be a fully covered main stage viewing area, an expanded craft beer tent with big-screen TV’s to view football, and live music on two stages throughout the weekend.

The second day of Apple Fest took place at Aullwood Audubon Farm. The event included animals, games, live music and various types of food.(Ron Alvey)


Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at Aullwood Audubon Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton.

Featuring food, live entertainment, free children’s activities, meet farm animal friends, tractor or draft horse pulled wagon rides and more. A variety of artisans and craft exhibitors will offer soaps, jewelry, woven items, sand art, garden ornaments, etc.


Sept. 29-October 1, Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street, New Carlisle.

Featuring the Annual Parade of Planes, and an array of events and activities on Main Street.

Apples for sale at the Black Barn booth during the Country Applefest in downtown Lebanon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. NICK DAGGY / STAFF(


Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon.

Fairgrounds will be filled with homemade crafts, food and entertainment. On-site free parking and handicap access.


Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Chambersburg and Brandt Pike, Huber Heights.

Featuring food, music, fall crafts, 2-day cruise-in, bands, hay rides, pony rides, bouncy house, face painting and more.