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Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
— It is officially festival season, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Mark your calendars, grab some stretchy pants and get ready to eat, drink and ooh-and-aah your way through these festivals coming up this spring and summer.
1) TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Get ready for Strawberry Palooza (that’s this year’s festival theme).
Chocolate-covered berries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry burritos, strawberry cheesecake and Troy’s famous strawberry donuts are just a few of the treats you’ll find at this festival.
>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2017
Need something more savory before dessert? Giant pork tenderloins, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more festival favorites will be scattered around the Public Square, downtown Troy. Expect tons of craft vendors, games and entertainment that includes Kung Fu from the Kong Hoi Kung Fu Association, a pie eating contest and music from New Frontiers, a Journey Tribute band.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3
WHERE: Downtown Troy, along the Public Square and Miami County River levee
2) THE VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS FESTIVAL
This year’s poultry party is expected to reach a monumental milestone — 1 million chicken dinners sold. Organizers expect to sell 25,000 of its “world famous” barbecue chicken dinners at this year’s festival. There will also be the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests, FREE kiddie tractor pull, rides and games for all ages, vendor area, Cake and Egg Contests, flower show, art and photo show, a 5K run, along with many other family friendly events.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10
WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles
3)JUNGLE JIM’S INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST
There will be more than 400 beers from more than 100 different breweries at the Father’s Day weekend bash.
You’ll have the chance to try imported and local beers, along with craft brews and hard ciders.
Admission includes a picnic-style meal that includes BBQ beef sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad and a bottle of water.
Cigars will be sold from Jungle Jim’s humidor that can be smoked on the terrace.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16
WHERE: Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield
COST: Early admission is $58.58 per day. General Admission is $47.93.
4) SLIDERS, SIDES & SUDS FESTIVAL
Enjoy mini sandwiches from a variety of restaurants at this event held at Lincoln Park in Kettering in partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.
The Hathaways, Exploit Band and Brother Believe Me will perform. Lawn chairs are encouraged.
WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16
WHERE: Lincoln Park Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
5) VECTREN DAYTON AIR SHOW
Celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and honor our local military history at the Air Show. There will be performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Sean D. Tucker, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen,” the Redline Airshow and Vicky Benzing.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24
WHERE: 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia
COST: Tickets can be purchased online by June 17 for $21 plus a processing fee on the internet for adults and $16 for seniors and youth ages 6 to 11. Online tickets for adults increase to $25 plus fees June 18 to 24. Gate admission is $25 for adults and $16 for seniors and youth. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Kroger starting May 14.
Dayton’s rock legends Guided By Voices and Twin Peaks of Chicago will headline the third annual SpringsFest, which features brews by Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing and MadTree.
Other acts include Caamp; Counterfeit Madison, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins, Adam Remnant, Teen Age; Scary Balance; Gaptooth Grin and Lori.
WHEN: Saturday, July 7
WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.
COST: Early bird passes are $45 each. The $55 full price passes go on sale June 15.
7) KICKIN’ CHICKEN WING FESTIVAL
Enjoy bold food, great music, and a family-friendly party at the Fraze. Several restaurants will bring their best of the best.
Entertainment includes 24Seven Party Band, The North 41
and Lt. Dan’s New Legs
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14
WHERE: Lincoln Park at Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
8) THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL
This sanctioned hot air balloon competition will feature a race of 30 participants for the glory, the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals. There will be night balloon glows at dusk, a car show, balloon rides, fireworks, outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21
WHERE:2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown
COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)
9) DAYTON CELTIC FESTIVAL
Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the most popular festivals of the summer. There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm; Scythian; Sock In The Frying Pan, Rory Makem; The Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3 and Heron Valley.
Did we mention the beer, food and culture?
WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29
WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
10) BACON FEST
Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.
This festival sets out to prove that “everything goes better with bacon.”
Local restaurants create bacon-ey dishes for the event presented by the Restaurant Raiders, a foodie group that supports Dayton area restaurants.
Music includes Cherry Avenue, The Fries and Fu5ion.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18
WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
— Festival season is in full swing.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest, best festivals going on in Dayton or a short drive away this weekend.
The weekend is going to be sunny, warm and gorgeous, so make the most of it!
The festival will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with two days of entertainment and music. This location offers easy access and ample parking for summer fun, food and music. Festival-goers will enjoy open seating on the expansive front lawn, where every seat provides outstanding views of the large main stage and the downtown Dayton skyline.
Want to go?
WHEN: June 22-23, 5-11 p.m. Friday and 3-11 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave.
COST: Adult General Admission: $7; Active military, law enforcement and first responders: $5; Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission
Live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, food and merchandise vendors.
Want to go?
WHEN: June 23-24, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton
COST: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Children 3-17, free for children under 3
INFO: Call 937-293-2841 | Website
Want to go?
WHERE: Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Dr.
WHEN: June 23-24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
COST: $19 adults in advance, $25 at gate; $13 seniors and youth ages 6-11 in advance, $16 at gate; kids 5 and under free
🥁 POW WOW
Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region. Hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24
WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton
INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org
🛶 TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST & GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES
Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy. Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races
WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, beginning at 10 a.m.
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— This is the third year for Celtic Fest Ohio at the Renaissance Park in Waynesville. As the fest grows in popularity, organizers add new events and features while retaining those that made it grow in the first place. Here are five reasons to attend Celtic Fest Ohio:
1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)
Arguably the cornerstone of the fest, nearly 20 acts will take the stage over three days. Bands representing a mixture of Celtic rock, punk rock, bluegrass, and gospel will play a variety of traditional ballads, Celtic rock songs, and pub songs. Returning favorites include Dulahan, Jameson’s Folly and Fin Tan.
Two notable additions to the musical lineup this year are Albannach, a Scottish band that plays traditional tribal music using bass drums, bodhráns (Irish frame drums), and a single bagpipe, and The Elders, an internationally touring Irish-American folk rock band. The Elders recently announced that, after 20 years and eight studio albums, they will be retiring at the end of 2018.
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The lineup isn’t limited to music. Four troupes will give performances in Celtic dance, highland dance, and ceili (group folk) dance, and the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration as well.
2. SHAMROCK SHENANIGANS (JUNE 15)
This newest addition to the fest is an obstacle course consisting of beer pong, cornhole, limbo, and others, with three beer stations along the way. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and the overall winner will be crowned as the “Official Shamrock Shenanigator.” There will also be a kid-friendly version, with root beer and water. There is a separate entry fee of $15.
3. VIKING ENCAMPMENT (JUNE 16-17)
This piece of living history includes a 40-foot replica of a Viking ship, so people can live a day in the life of Vikings during the “Beowulf” area, such as what it was like to sail to faraway lands.
4. BORDER COLLIE DEMONSTRATIONS
Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep, a family tradition that is educational and entertaining, and shows how such practices are still in use today.
5. FOOD AND DRINK
There will be Irish-themed food as well as American comfort food at the fest. The vendors are: Pleasant Peasant (haggis, bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie), 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q (smoked Irish and Scottish meats, moonshine), Aleing Knight Pub (hot dogs, Scotch eggs, Celtic baked pots), Davinci’s (American or Celtic pizza), King’s Kustom Kreatons (donuts), Holly B’s Sweets (gourmet chocolates), Martin’s Fine Foods (ice cream), and KJs Cajun Cuisine (beignets, or French pastries).
The drink booths will be serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Magners Irish Cider, Valley Vineyards wines, American domestic beers, water and Coca-Cola products.
Want to go?
WHEN: June 15-17; 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville
COST: $12 (single day), $18 (two-day pass), $5 ($5 Friday), $15 (Shamrock Shenanigans), $18 (Guinness Tent tastings)
MORE INFO: www.celticfestohio.com
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— This is not your average church festival.
The St. Helen Spring Festival in Riverside is now is its 65th year. That’s pretty remarkable considering how some longstanding Catholic church festivals have come to an end in recent years — Immaculate Conception ended 59 years of festivals in 2014, with Ascension’s also came to an end after more than 30 years in 2015.
This year’s event, running June 8-10, has some of the familiar attractions that bring generations of people back year after year. But there are also a few things that make it pretty special.
If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, here are some great reasons to break that streak this year:
Now it’s true lots of festivals have beer, and thank goodness for that. However, not all have craft beer. This year St. Helen’s Festival will have 12 craft beer taps featuring beers from Warped Wing Brewing Company, Hairless Hare Brewery and Xenia’s newest brewery, Devil Wind.
They’ll also be serving up favorites like Miller Lite, Summer Shandy, Strongbow and many more. No matter your drink preference, you should be able to find an adult beverage to keep you cool all weekend long.
Let’s face it: this is the real reason most of us hit festivals, and St. Helen’s is notorious for its delicious food at reasonable prices.
The kitchen offers several delicious options, but the cabbage rolls are the stars of the show.
“We’re known for our cabbage rolls. We’ve always had them,” Marketing and Publicity Co-Chair Colleen Kirby said. “We make our cabbage rolls in-house every year from scratch. They are amazing.”
Holy Smokes BBQ returns to the event for its third year as well. Meanwhile, the bake sale inside the school features pastries of virtually every variety.
One of the festival’s biggest attractions has been the various booths where you can wager to donate or win small amounts of money. But the St. Helen raffles are no joke. $100 winners will be announced every hour throughout the weekend and winners need not be present to win. What’s more, there will be a $1,000 winner announced for Friday and Saturday each, with a $10,000 winner named Sunday evening. Not a bad incentive to get out of the house for a few hours.
Gambling for money is almost as old as time. But what about gambling for cake?
“We have a cake booth. You buy a ticket, you put your number down and spin the wheel. If it lands on your number, you get to pick out a cake,” Kirby explained.
Another St. Helen tradition is the basket raffles where prize packages worth a minimum of $200 are up for grabs. Some of the baskets include things like a Nintendo Switch, American Girl merchandise, Vera Bradley bags, a Gatlinburg package, a Yeti cooler, an Apple Watch and more.
St. Helen Spring Festival organizers have always worked to provide a multitude of musicians to please the crowds over the years. This year, there are going to be TWO stages going all day.
Here are the schedules:
Friday June 8th:
Saturday June 9th:
Sunday June 10th:
Friday June 8th:
Saturday June 9th:
Sunday June 10th:
12:00 p.m. - Todd the Fox
Despite the various booze and gambling options, organizers maintain this festival is not just for adults. Aside from almost a dozen rides, St. Helen will have a section with activities just for kids such as face painting.
“I think sometimes, because of the beer and the bands, people think that it’s more of an adult affair. I think once it starts to get dark, it turns into more of an adult thing, but during the day it’s all about the kids,” said Westerfield
Free parking is available on the hill behind St. Helen School. You can get to the parking lot from the Granville Place entrance. There will be handicapped parking available as well as a shuttle service, which is new this year.
If you want to catch the shuttle, park in the additional off-site parking at Carroll High School.
Friday June 8th - 7 p.m. to 12;30 a.m.
Saturday June 9th - 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday June 10th - 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WANT TO GO?
WHERE: 5086 Burkhardt Road, Riverside
WHEN: Friday, June 8 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, June 9 from 1 p.m.-midnight; and Sunday, June 10 from noon to 9 p.m.
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 9:22 PM
Updated: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 2:20 PM
— For those of you who need a reason to cheat on your summer diets, look no further. The Banana Split Festival has returned, and it will not disappoint. The two-day festival honors the heat of the summer by providing delicious sweet treats and events galore.
Here are the top 5 reasons you can’t miss the Banana Split Festival:
1. Ice cream, need we say more?
Event-goers can splurge on mounds of ice cream and build their very own banana splits. The split booth offers so many choices, you may spend the day in food coma instead of enjoying the rest of the festival. There’s even a banana split eating contest if you’re daring enough to take part in the madness.
2. Show off your dance moves
Local talent will keep everyone movin’ and groovin’. This year’s festivities will include live music from Blue Steel, Hadden Sayers Band, Flash Back, Jay Bridge Corner, Lost and Found, The Hitchhikers Band, Sawgrass and PASSION.
3. Classic car show
Calling all car swooners, the cruise-in you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. The show is expected to bring in more than 100 classic cars and judges are ready to hand out the trophies. The top 40 cars will be presented trophies starting at 7 p.m.
4. Vendors galore
Whether you’re looking for crafts, art or collectibles, there will be plenty of shopping at the festival.
5. Run for a cause
Kick off the fun at the seventh annual Heather’s Hope Lickety-Split 5k run. All ages welcome to participate.
Want to go?
WHEN: Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9
HOURS: Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Festival gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, food vendors open at 10 a.m. and gates close 10 p.m.
WHERE: 1100 Rombach Ave., Wilmington.
COST: Free. Donations are accepted