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3 dishes you NEED to try at the Preble Co. Pork Festival

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Same as original with one festival added.

The Preble County Pork Festival, which returns Sept. 16 and 17 in Eaton, was started in 1970 as a way to show off their agricultural pride.

In fact, the area has been deemed the Home of Swine Improvement in America, thanks to the trailblazing efforts of local farmers and the late Wilbur Bruner, who established the first swine testing station in 1946. 

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The festival offers arts, crafts, live entertainment and of course, lots of food. About 125,000 people devour 54,000 pounds of meat served at this festival every year. This delicious celebration of farm-to-plate will have meat eaters in constant drool mode. 

Here are three things you definitely should not pass up. 

1.) BACON!

Farm fresh bacon will be among the many mouth-watering items available at the Preble County Pork Festival.(Glen Stubbe/TNS)

Most everyone loves bacon, but have you had farm fresh bacon? Your local grocer has nothing on this festival’s Country Store. In addition to fresh bacon, you can purchase ham, loin, ribs, roast pork, sausage, pork chops, jerky and more.

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The Preble County Pork Festival features two long fire pits to serve up their succulent pork chops.(Martin Wheeler III)

The festival’s Chop Stop features a meal that would fill up most appetites. The meal comes with a barbecued pork chop, potato wedges, applesauce, a dinner roll, a slice of pie and a drink for $8. You can add a second chop for $2. That’s a solid deal. 

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Start your day of festival grazing off right with pancakes and sausage.

No need to stop for breakfast before hitting the Pork Festival because the organizers have that waiting for you from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each breakfast comes with pancakes, fresh smoked sausage and a drink ($7 adults, $4 for children). 


What: Preble County Pork Festival

When: Sept. 16; 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 17; 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton

Cost: Free

Info: 937-456-7273 | WebsiteFacebook

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There’s a NEW festival with music, beer, food coming to the Great Miami River this summer

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Jessica Lea Mayfield will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.
Jessica Lea Mayfield will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.(CONTRIBUTED)

A new festival and concert is coming to the Dayton-area this summer. 

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Adventures Fest will take place July 21 and will feature a roster of Ohio musicians for a day of fun and music along the Great Miami River. 

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Young Heirlooms will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.(CONTRIBUTED)

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Young Heirlooms and Lioness will be headlining the event. This Pine Box, Shrug, M Ross Perkins, Sylmar and Neo American Pioneers are also on the lineup. 

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Ticket are $20 in advance and $30 the day of. Children under 4 are free. The festival is presented by Adventures on the Great Miami.

Camping and river trips are available for an additional fee. Beer and food will be sold on site. 

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“We couldn’t be more excited for the bill that came together for this first Adventures Fest,” David Obenour, concert promoter said in a press release. “There are so many amazing Ohio artists now and when it became apparent that the stars would align for Jessica Lea Mayfield, we knew we had found our headliner. Everyone that day is going to be great though and being able to see them all riverside at Adventures makes the day even better.”

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Lioness will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.(CONTRIBUTED)

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Want to go?

WHAT: Adventures Fest

WHEN: July 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight

WHERE: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City

TICKETS: Eventbrite

INFO: Facebook

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Centerville's Americana Festival to start with a bang this year

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

The 45th Annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 3 with an epic firework display at Centerville High School followed by a daylong street fair celebration.

What began in 1972 as a sidewalk sale promoted by the Centerville downtown merchants is now one of the area's most celebrated and patriotic Fourth of July events. 

The 45th Annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 3 with an epic firework display at Centerville High School followed by a daylong street fair celebration.

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1. RUN A 5K

Centerville's Americana Festival parade makes its way down West Franklin Street Saturday. The festival, which was expected to draw over 75,000 people, featured the parade with over 120 units, a 5K run, a street fair and fireworks. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The Up and Running Americana 5K Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m (though competitors must arrive by 7 a.m.) July 4 at the Centerville High School Stadium on East Franklin Street, and follows the parade route down Franklin Street to just past Magsig Middle School, where the runners and walkers will turn around and head back to the high school. The race finishes with a lap around the track in the stadium. The race is chip timed and results will be available immediately at the race. Register here.

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Spectators along the Franklin Street route of Centerville's Americana parade Friday, one of the area's largest annual Independence Day festival events. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)
The parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 on East Franklin Street, west of Centerville High School, and proceeds West to Cline Elementary on Virginia Avenue. Showcasing more than 120 units, the parade features numerous bands, floats and numerous mobile and walking units. If you can’t make it to the parade on July 4, watch it live on Spectrum Channel 5.

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Your guide to weeks of fair fun all summer long

Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

The Hurricane ride spins during the Butler County Fair in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
The Hurricane ride spins during the Butler County Fair in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

It’s officially fair season in Southwest Ohio.

Get your bellies ready for funnel cake, elephant ears, deep-fried cheesecake, concerts, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and lots of farm friends.

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Here’s our guide to fair season throughout the region:


July 7-14, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (midway opens at 1 p.m.) at Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St., Wilmington. 

Enjoy eight days of action featuring a variety of food, games, rides, 4H projects, Junior Fair/Youth event, harness racing, an antique tractor pull, a demolition derby and live entertainment.

Cost: Daily gate entry $10; Season Pass $30; Membership Tickets $35; 5 and under Free. Ride Armbands $5. No refunds; no rain dates; no exchanges on all tickets and passes. Lunch passes available for $10.

More info: 937-382-4443 |

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July 8-14, Gates open at 7:30 a.m. daily at Logan County Fairgrounds, 301 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine. 

Carnival rides and games, Harness Racing, Pony Racing, Bull Riding, Tractor Pull, Motorcycle Races and more.

Cost: General admission is $5 for ages 6 and up Monday through Thursday, and $7 on Friday & Saturday and Sunday. All children ages 5 and under are free. Season passes are $25 and on sale at the Fair Manager’s Office. Parking on the grounds is $2. There is a timed lunch ticket option with refundable admission tickets for a one-hour meal break when entering through the Lake Avenue Gate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays only.

Recognition Days: Sunday - Veterans Day: All veterans showing proof of service admitted free; Wednesday - Seniors Day: Seniors will be given $3 special pricing. Admission price includes complimentary breakfast and lunch and other special activities. Thursday - Kids Day: Children will enjoy special ride pricing until 5 p.m.

More info: 937-559-4178 |

Amusement rides at the last Montgomery County Fair downtown last summer. TY GREENLEES / STAFF


July 9-15, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at new Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton. 

Featuring all the fair favorites: Demolition Derby, 4H projects, junior fair, livestock, petting zoo, dog show, circus, flower show, games, rides, fair eats & treats, harness racing, rodeo, and free entertainment with paid admission, plus much more. Rides run from 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. daily and 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on Family Day Sunday.

Cost: Daily admission $10/person, age 6 and under free with paying adult. Includes parking, if available, and Grandstand Event for that evening only. Monday, July 9 is Veteran’s Day & Senior Citizen’s Day - with half-price admission all day.

More info: 937-224-1619 |

Vehicles drive around in a figure eight on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, during the demolition derby at the Warren County Fair in Lebanon. See more county fair photos online. Staff photo by Apryl Pilolli(Apryl Pilolli)


July 16-21, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon

Food, games, 4H Livestock Shows/Horse Shows, live music and entertainment, Valley Exotics Zoo & Pony Rides and more. Plus a new event this year: Tug-a-Truck.

Cost: Daily admission $5 Monday, $8 Tuesday through Saturday, kids 8 and under are free. Season tickets are $25 each. Parking is free. Ride tickets: Single $1.50, 10 tickets for $15, 16 tickets for $20; Arm Bands - Monday $15, Tuesday $12,Wednesday-Saturday $18.

More info: 513-932-2636 |

Emily Taylor guides her Grand Champion Overall Market Turkey into the auction ring Friday during the Auction of Champions at the Clark County Fair. Bill Lackey/Staff(Staff Writer)


July 20-27, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield

Fair includes livestock exhibits, entertainment including a kiddy pig chase, demolition derby and traveling tiger exhibit, musical entertainment including Chris Higbee and the Kate Hastings Band, midway, food vendors, exhibitors selling their wares and more.

Cost: Daily admission $6, including parking. Children 5 and younger are free. Additional charges will apply for rides and grandstand entertainment. Special promotions include Veterans Day on July 21 (free admission for veterans with a military ID), Golden Wedding Day on July 24 and Kids Day on July 25 (free admission 14 and under).

More info: 937-323-3090 |

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Fans watch the Rolling Stone Rodeo at the Butler County Fair, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF


July 22-28, Gates open at 7 a.m. daily at Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton. 

Food, games, 4H projects, tractor pulls, demolition derby and rodeo, arts, horse shows, rides, farm zone, etc.

Cost: General Admission per day is $8, Children 6-12 accompanied by paying adult (gate only) $3, Membership Ticket (7-Day admission and parking $35, 7-Day Pass - 7-Day Admission and Parking $30, 4-Day Pass - 4-Day Admission and Parking $20. Ride bands available for $15 (Sunday 4-10:45 p.m.), $18 (Monday to Wednesday, 1-:10:45 p.m.), $15 (Thursday 1-10:45 p.m.) and $18 (Friday and Saturday 1-10:45 p.m.) Grandstand events also carry an additional charge (varies by day)

More info: 513-892-1423 |


July 22-28, Gates open at 8 a.m. daily (rides open at 1 p.m. most days, at 3 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday); Fair closes at 10 p.m. Saturday at Shelby County Fairgrounds, 655 S. Highland Ave., Sidney. 

Domestic and livestock shows, 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, a demolition derby, tractor pull, local band performances, cheerleading competitions, harness racing, crafts, food and more.

Cost: General Admission $9, Season Passes $25, Parking on Fairgrounds (limited to livestock exhibitors and merchant exhibitors only) $30. Additional cost for ride bands. Ride specials include Industrial Days on Sunday and Wednesday with $7 wristbands, carload night on Monday with entry to fair and rides for everyone in vehicle for $30, Kids Day on Thursday with free admission for those under 16 until noon and $7 wristbands and Best One Tire/Sidney Tire Day on Friday with $7 wristbands available in advance at those locations.

More info: 937-492-7385 |

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Rides, food, games and animals add up to a day of fun at the Preble Co. Fair in Eaton on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The fair runs through Friday, Aug. 5.(David A. Moodie, contributing photographer)


July 28-Aug. 4, Gates open at 7 a.m. Daily at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton. 

Food, games, rides, visual arts, livestock projects, Jr. Fair, parade, Mule & Donkey Show, live entertainment, cook-offs, and more.

Cost: General admission to grounds $6, Children 8 and under are free. Membership Ticket $25; Weekly Pass $25; Veterans and one guest admitted free on the first Saturday of the Fair. Free parking.

More info: 937-456-3748 |


July 29-August 4, Gates open at 8 a.m. daily at Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Ave., Wapakoneta

Food, games, rides, Demolition Derby, Warrior Obstacle Course, sports challenge, petting zoo, circus, horse and livestock shows, Gospel Tent, big wheel races and more.

Cost: General admission $8 per day; 12 & under admitted free; Season Passes - all week $30; Pit Passes $15 per person (all ages). $10 ride bands every day. Kids Day on Tuesday and Saturday with free activities for kids both days.

More info: 419-738-2515 |

Devon Morris was determined to get his Black Angus bull Pete into the stanchion at the Greene County Fair which runs through August 3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)


July 29-August 4, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily at Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia.

Food, games, rides, Calf Scramble, Demo Derby, Harness Racing, Truck & Tractor Pulls, live entertainment and more. Concert by LANCO. Note rides will not be open on Sunday. Monday to Thursday rides will open at 4 p.m. Please check the website to confirm details.

Cost: Daily admission $6 for ages 10 and older ($5 in advance); 9 and under get in free with a paying adult. On Military Discount Day on Monday, show your military ID and get in for $3; Senior Citizen Discount Day on Thursday ( seniors get in for $3). Family Day on Wednesday ($3 entry with a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantries). Membership/weekly ticket: $30. Rides will cost extra, prices TBD.

More info: 937-372-8621 |

A ring-toss game on the midway at the Champaign County Fair. BILL LACKEY/STAFF


Aug. 3-10, gates open at 8 p.m. Friday at Champaign County Fairgrounds, 384 Park Ave., Urbana.

Kicking of with Michael Ray with Walker McGuire; live entertainment, 4H, truck pull, demolition derby, colt racing, rides, food vendors and more.

Cost: Prices vary; daily admission fees still to be announced

More info: 937-653-2640 |

Aug. 18, 1998: The Miami County Fair in 'full swing'. Here kids ride the swings near the grandstand with the food and games section of the midway behind them.(SKIP PETERSON)


Aug. 10-16, Gates open at 7 a.m. daily (ride/game hours vary) at Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. 

Food, games, rides, livestock exhibits, live entertainment and more. McGuffey Lane in concert on Aug. 12.

Cost: Day Passes $5, Children 8 and under are free. Season Pass $25, includes 7 daily admission tickets; Exhibitor Pass $20 for 7 daily passes; Golden Anniversary Pass - Free (Available at fair office for any couple who has been married for 50+ years. Husband and wife must both be present to receive pass. Jr. Fair Booster $45 for 7 daily passes; includes name in following year’s fair book and also on a sign at the fair. $15 ride bracelets daily for 4-H and Girl Scouts. Ride bracelet costs vary by day from $13-$20.

More info: 937-335-7492 |

There are several varieties of funnel cakes at the Great Darke County Fair, including this Boston Cream version. JIM INGRAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)


Aug. 17-25, Gates open 7 a.m. to Midnight Daily. Vendors open at 10 a.m.; vendors close 9-11 p.m. Rides open at noon; rides close at 11 p.m. at Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

Music, harness racing, tractor pull. 2018 Concert entertainment features Big & Rich with Tracy Lawrence on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Cost: Daily: $7 per person for ages 12 and older. Ages 11 and under admitted free with paying adult. 9-Day Pass: $20 per person (ages 12 and older). Ages 11 and under admitted free with paying adult. Grandstand event costs vary. Ride costs are additional. Three-day, five-day and nine-day ride passes can be purchased now online for $55-$120.

More info: 937-548-5044 |

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4 places to go this weekend to get a jump start on your Fourth celebration

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 12:24 PM

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The Fourth of July celebration starts early in Dayton.

Here are a few ways to get a jump start on your holiday celebration with some patriotic, America-loving special events/festivals this weekend.

The weekend is going to be sunny, warm and gorgeous, so make the most of it!

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 🎆 Star Spangled Heights

Star Spangled Heights, the Independence Day celebration in Huber Heights, kicked off Saturday, July 1, 2017, with a parade followed by a car show, food truck rally and live entertainment at Thomas A. Cloud Park. The highlight of the event is the Rozzi's Famous Fireworks show at dusk.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Start your Fourth of July celebration early with this Independence Day Celebration featuring a parade, car show, beer garden, family activities, food trucks, music and a fireworks show.

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WHEN: Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Thomas A. Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

COST: Free

INFO: Event listing

🎆 West Milton 4th of July Celebration

Flag in West Milton. Photo by Jarod Thrush

Celebrate the Fourth starting this weekend with carnival rides from June 29 through July 4. Events on the Fourth include a 5K race, water balloon wars, music by The Rocketdog Band and fireworks.

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WHEN: July 29-July 4

WHERE: West Milton community park, Ohio 571 and Washington Street.

COST: Free admission. Costs per activity.

INFO: Website


Kings Island amusement park lights up with fireworks at night by the park's replica of the famed Eiffel Tower. The attraction is located about 21 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio.(Wolf Photographic Arts)

🎆Fourth of July fireworks at Kings Island

Kings Island offers one of the region’s largest and most impressive fireworks displays over the Fourth of July holiday (July 1-4). This colorful pageant in the sky set against the backdrop of the park will be three times the size and scope of the park’s traditional nightly fireworks display July 1-3 and 10 times larger on July 4, with some blasts soaring more than 800 feet! Kings Island will stay open until midnight July 1 and July 4, and is offering free and discounted admission for military personnel.

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WHEN: July 1-4 

WHERE: Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason

COST: Included with park admission 


Princeton Pike Church of God hosted the "Light Up Liberty" celebration with a car show, live music, food and fireworks Sunday, July 6, 2008 in Liberty Township.(Nick Graham)

🎆 Light Up Liberty 

This one is a short drive south of Dayton in Butler County. Light Up Liberty is a family-oriented party that includes food, live music, carnival rides, a car show and fireworks at 10 p.m. Light Up Liberty is an alcohol-free event. 

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WHEN: July 1, 6-10:15 p.m. 

WHERE: Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Liberty Township  

COST: Free  

MORE INFO: 513-867-1995 or

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