10 AMAZING festivals we just cannot wait for

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:07 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)

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.

Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)

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

INFO: gostrawberries.com Facebook TwitterInstagram

COST: Free  

NO CUTLINE for PBP festive Florida list Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)

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

INFO: versaillespoultrydays.com

COST: Free
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Scene from the Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival. (Martin Wheeler III)

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

INFO: junglejims.com/craft-beer-festivalFacebook |Twitter

COST: Early admission is $58.58 per day. General Admission is $47.93. 

From left, Lamb Burger, Chicken Popeye Slider, and Great American Bacon and Beer Burger. (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press/TNS)(Detroit Free Press)

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

INFO: Website Facebook

COST: Free  

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Scene from the 2012 Vectren Dayton Air Show. Crowds watched the US Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team. Contributed Photo by Charles Caperton (www.whiotv.com)

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.

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WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24

WHERE: 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia

INFO: Website Facebook| Twitter

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.  

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Food, music and craft beer from the Yellow Springs Brewery all in one event? The second Springsfest was on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Here is who we spotted. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Tom Gilliam)

6) SPRINGSFEST

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. 

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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.

INFO: facebookWebsite

COST: Early bird passes are $45 each. The $55 full price passes go on sale June 15.

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Pies and Pints Pizza and Craft Beer’s signature wings took home the award for best wings at 2014’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival. They’ll defend their title again this year on July 9 at the Fraze Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

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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

INFO: Website 

COST: Free

Sean Askren's hot air balloon "Bohica" and Doug Grimes' "The Gator" balloon were inflated during a media preview Thursday, July 20 for The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. The event runs Friday through Sunday. For more information visit www.ohiochallenge.com. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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

INFO: ohiochallenge.com

COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)

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Gaelic Storm will once again headline the Dayton Celtic Festival this July. CONTRIBUTED

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?

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WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website | Facebook

| Instagram

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Celtic Festival 2017

The fifth annual Bacon Fest took over the Fraze Pavilion, in Kettering, with porky fun on Sunday, Aug. 20. The event sponsored by the Fraze and Miami Valley Restaurant Raiders — a monthly “foodie” group that visits local restaurants — featured bacon treats from 15 locally owned restaurant. STAFF PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

10) BACON FEST

Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.

>> PHOTOS: Did we catch you drooling over the amazing food at Bacon Fest? 

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

INFO: fraze.com/bacon-fest-2018

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5 of the best festivals happening in and around Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Women and men of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans spend weeks hand-crafting their customized traditional attire for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at  SunWatch Indian Village.
Kristy Creel
Women and men of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans spend weeks hand-crafting their customized traditional attire for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village.(Kristy Creel)

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. 

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 💃🏻 FESTIVAL ON THE HILL

The inaugural, 3-day Festival on the Hill event, held at the Dayton Masonic Center (525 W Riverview Ave), featured "Dayton’s largest happy hour," food and a variety of musical acts, including an AC/DC tribute band, American Idol finalist Alexis Gomez and country music artists John King and Clark Manson. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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.

>> PHOTOS: Festival on the Hill 2016

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

INFO: https://festivalonthehill.org

🎶 RAIL FESTIVAL

Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society present the Rail Festival at Carillon Historical Park on June 24-25, 2017. CONTRIBUTED(Dayton History)

Live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, food and merchandise vendors.

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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

INFOCall 937-293-2841 | Website

✈️ VECTREN DAYTON AIR SHOW

Vicky Benzing, known as the "fastest woman at Reno Air Races ever," will perform for the first time at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

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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

INFO: Website

🥁 POW WOW

Women and men of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans spend weeks hand-crafting their customized traditional attire for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village.(Kristy Creel)

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.

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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

(Contributed)

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.

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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. 

INFO: www.greatmiami.net

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5 reasons to head to Celtic Fest Ohio this weekend

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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:

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1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)

Celtic Fest Ohio will be held on June 15th-17th at the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

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)

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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)

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 at Celtic Fest Ohio. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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.

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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.(Contributing Writer)

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

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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.

There will also be Guinness and cider tastings inside the Guinness tent, along with a Guinness Ambassador for instruction and a pint glass to take home.

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

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Crazy cash prizes, local craft beer and homemade cabbage rolls? This is not your average church festival

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The St. Helen Festival is one of the Dayton area's longest running festivals.
Contributed
The St. Helen Festival is one of the Dayton area's longest running festivals.(Contributed)

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:

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DAYTON CRAFT BEER

The Dayton-area's newest local brewery, Devil Wind, hosted its grand opening on Friday, March 30, 2018. The 3,000-square-foot brewery is located at 130 S. Detroit St. in downtown Xenia, just steps from the bike path. The brewery’s partners include Hatfield, Doug Lane, Michael Van Kirk and Perry Wyatt. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

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.

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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. 

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LOCAL FOOD

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.

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“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.

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The homemade cabbage rolls are the stock in trade of the St. Helen Festival every year.(Contributed)

GAMES OF CHANCE

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

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“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.

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With prizes ranging from NFL tickets to cabin getaways, each St. Helen Fest basket is a haul to behold.(Contributed)

LOCAL BANDS

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: 

Carroll Patriots Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Boss Hawg

9:00 p.m. - Five Story Plunge

Saturday June 9th:

1:30 p.m. - Southbound

4:00 p.m. - Mad Hatter

6:30 p.m. - The Scotty Bratcher Band

9:00 p.m. - Spungewurthy

Sunday June 10th:

12:30 p.m. - The Hathaways

3:30 p.m. - Hey There Morgan

6:00 p.m. - Ithika

Tuty's Bar & Grill Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Five

9:30 p.m. - The Doug Hart Band

Saturday June 9th:

1:00 p.m. - Amateur City

2:30 p.m. - Kevin Obergefell

4:00 p.m. - Kellen Williams Trio

6:00 p.m. - Last Call

9:30 p.m. - The Eric Jerardi Band

Sunday June 10th:

12:00 p.m. - Todd the Fox

2:00 p.m. - The Wallens

4:30 p.m. - Ira Stanley & Blues Power

6:30 p.m. - Flat Out

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN

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

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PARKING

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. 

Shuttle Schedule:

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?

WHAT: 65th Annual St. Helen Spring Festival

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.  

COST: Free admission

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5 reasons you can’t miss Banana Split Festival

Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 9:22 PM
Updated: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Susie's Big Dipper  was one of more than 50 trucks that participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. They specialize in ice cream treats including banana splits. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Tom Gilliam
Susie's Big Dipper was one of more than 50 trucks that participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. They specialize in ice cream treats including banana splits. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

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.

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(For the AJC)

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Excellent weather provided the backdrop for award winning ribs and barbecue, live entertainment and classic cars. (DARION BRICKELL)

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.

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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

INFO: Website

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