Must-see Memorial Day events, deals in Dayton

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Runners will be out in force for charity in Maimisburg.
Runners will be out in force for charity in Maimisburg.(Contributed)

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start looking ahead to all the great events and deals going on.

More information about events and deals will be added as we receive it. Have an event or deal to add to the guide? Email


6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia

When: Monday, May 29 -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

What: Free go-kart ride and 10 percent off game cards (with military ID)

More info: 937-619-3200 or Website

A military ID means a free go-kart ride and game card discounts at Scene75 Entertainment Center.(Contributed)


Miamisburg Library Park, 35 S. Fifth St.

When: Saturday, May 27 -- 9 a.m.

What: The race honors Marine Cpl. Paul "Rocky” Zanowick, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Proceeds go to several charities. 

More info: Facebook or Register

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12 E. Linden St.

When: Saturday, May 27

What: TJ Chumps will host “Dance in the Street”, closing off the area on Linden Ave. between Main and First streets.

More info: 937-859-4000 

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Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

When: Sunday, May 28, 11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

What: Carillon’s collection of buildings and exhibits will be on display as a full day of entertainment is planned. The Dayton Philharmonic will close out the festivities  playing patriotic favorites.+

More info: 937-293-2841 or Website

The Dayton Philharmonic will cap off a day of historical fun with patriotic music.(Contributed)

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6850 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs

When: Memorial Day weekend

What: Carnival rides will be available throughout the weekend.

More info: 937-325-0629 or Website

Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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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. 

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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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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. 

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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.

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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



Catch Darth Vader on the BIG screen this weekend at the AF Museum

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

This weekend, you can catch K - 2SO, Darth Vader and the rest of the Star Wars: Rogue One crew on the biggest movie screen in southwest Ohio. 

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The 2017 Fourth Sunday Hollywood Film Series at National Museum of the United States Air Force continues this Sunday with the showing of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’ This is the third year for the Hollywood Film Series.

Thousands of people swarmed onto the airstrip at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Monday, April 17, 2017, as 11 World War II era B-25s landed to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic Doolittle Raiders attack against Japan. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF(HANDOUT)

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The museum’s theater screen was one of the very first IMAX screens in the region. Now, it stands as a regular screen— if you consider 6 stories high and 80 feet wide a regular screen.

Don’t forget, as always, the entire museum is free, said Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Attractions at the Air Force Museum. If you’ve never been, it’s HUGE— you could easily spend the whole day exploring and still fill like you missed something. So arrive early, roam around for a few hours, then grab lunch at the museum’s café before the movie starts!

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While the museum is always free, admission to the screening is $5. A concessions stand will be available during the showing. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Fourth Sunday Hollywood Film Series

WHEN: Sunday, July 23rd, 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

COST: $5

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 

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.

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“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