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Festival season isn’t over yet! 2 dozen things to do in October

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED

Festival season is still going strong! Here are two dozen ways to spend your October eating, drinking and pumpkining.

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, 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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Beer relay races are among several contests and activities at the Minster Oktoberfest, which attracts 8,000 visitors per year. Minster is a small village located one hour north of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

MINSTER OKTOBERFEST: Sept. 29-Oct.1, Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Minster, Ohio. Festival emphasizing the community’s rich German heritage featuring German food, a parade, beer tray relay, 10K run and numerous games.

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Scenes from a past New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Festival and parade. STAFF PHOTO/MARSHALL GORBY(Contributing Writer)

HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL: Sept. 29-Oct.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.

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HUBER HEIGHTS FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: 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.

A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton. This year’s theme “Lights, Camera… Chocolate!” is an invitation for vendors to decorate to a past TV series or a movie theme - family-friendly, appropriate for all ages. Vendors will offer a wide variety of chocolate and non-chocolate produces plus unique craft items. A Kids’ Corner will feature games and a bounce house, all free to festival guests.

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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.(Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com)

FALL FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT YOUNGS: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. Family fun featuring an opportunity to take your picture with Humongus Gus, and 800+ pound pumpkin, taste freshly made Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of the cheese making facility and watch cow milking. And the latest addition: pumpkin bowling. Festival held rain or shine.

Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire is one of the store’s biggest and wildest sampling shows. You can also purchase products you like right at the booth you're sampling from. CONTRIBUTED

JUNGLE JIM’S WEEKEND OF FIRE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield. Weekend filled with fun, food and contests and more than 50 vendors and 300 samples. There will be sauces ranging from mild to wild. For more information, call 513-674-6000 or visit www.junglejims.com.

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Five Rivers MetroParks 2017 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will take place Oct. 7-8 at Eastwood MetroPark. From high-flying demonstrations to a myriad of hands-on activities, adventure seekers of all ages and ability levels can enjoy two days of free fun at the event that has become a mainstay for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

WAGNER SUBARU OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton. Two-day outdoor adventure festival for the entire family featuring 25 outdoor activities, open to all ages and skill levels, The Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt for a chance to win up to $500 in gear, a Youth Adventure Zone, Outdoor School, Osprey Backcountry Zone and more.

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MIAMISBURG FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg. Celebrate the Fall Season with crafts, hayrides, entertainment, inflatables and food trucks.

SPRING VALLEY POTATO FESTIVAL: Oct. 7-8, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Spring Valley. Arts & Crafts, live entertainment, 5K Tater Trot Run/Walk, carnival rides, children’s games, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Pet Parade and lots of food.

OHIO CIDER FEST: Oct.7-8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. State Rt. 48, Lebanon. Fun for the whole family with train rides, hayrides, homemade treats and apple cider.

BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW: Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford. Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village.

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL: Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material.

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon. Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter.

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn. Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you.

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST: October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria. In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available.

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST: Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton. A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound.

Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules.(Staff Writer)

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville. The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese.

The Yellow Springs Street Fair was held Saturday, June 10 in downtown Yellow Springs. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR: Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs. All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals.

OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood. Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

FAIRBORN HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Oct. 20-22, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Downtown Fairborn. Large Halloween Festival featuring rides, live music, food, drinks, vendors, zombie walk and more.

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THE GREAT PUMPKIN GLOW: Oct. 21, 2 to 10 p.m. at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Rd., Tipp City. An opportunity to carve up your pumpkins and enjoy the glow of dozens of pumpkins while sitting next to the Great Miami River and a bonfire. Part of the second annual Pumpkin Fest, the Great Pumpkin Glow features over 17 acres of pumpkins to pick from, provided carving materials, food and a festive bonfire. Pumpkins are $7 each and will light up the hill for the glow starting at 8:20 p.m. No reservations or tickets are required.

FRANKLIN’S FALLFEST: Oct. 27-28, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin. Featuring the Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, the Warren County 4-H Petting Zoo, rides, food and craft vendors, bonfire, Pie Eating Contest, Costume Contest and more.

PUMPKIN GLOW ON STODDARD AVENUE: Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Stoddard Avenue, Dayton. Each year the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood comes alive with an extreme jack-o’-lantern display of more than 700 intricately carved pumpkins.

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Festival season officially kicks off this weekend with SWEET treats at the Sugar Maple Fest

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.
Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Get ready for it! Festival season is officially upon us.

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It all starts with Bellbrook’s Sugar Maple Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. 

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This year’s Sugar Maple Festival marks the 40th anniversary. Here are a few things to know before you go:

PARKING PRO TIP
Take the free shuttle to the festival from Bellcreek Intermediate School, 3777 Upper Bellbrook Road. Parking will be virtually non-existent downtown. 

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

FOOD & STUFF

Grub vendors and 75 craft peddlers will line Franklin Street. Everything from candles to fabric crafts to window art will be up for grabs.

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Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewery and Angry Orchard brews and booze will be for sale in the beer tent near the live music. Friday night’s kickoff event will include music from Full Frontal. On Saturday, Spungewurthy takes the stage.

As for the food, you can expect local food trucks and tent setups offering an array of flavors and foods.

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PANCAKES!!!

The annual pancake breakfast is set for 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children older than 2. Family admission is $15.

THE PARADES

The Sugar Maple Festival Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Mini Sweetheart Parade is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bellbrook Park. 

OTHER COOL STUFF

Kids, teens and adults will be able to submit entries for a recycled sculpture contest. All entries will be displayed during the festival weekend. First, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize; all others receive a participation ribbon. For guidelines and entry details, visit the event Facebook page. Commemorative tees will also be available at the information booth and beer garden for $15. 

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There will also be “Real Housewives of Bellbrook” themed steins, which grants a free beer. But only 25 will be available for sale Friday. These steins are available for presale and can be ordered through SMFPreOrders@gmail.com. 

Another stein option will be available in limited quantities at the festival — also offering free beer with its purchase. No pre-sale options are available for the second stein.  

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Dogs will get their chance to strut their stuff at the festival’s annual dog show Friday at 6:30 p.m. This show is not about breed or agility. Awards will be given out for for important things, like cutest puppy, cutest dog, ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume and silly dog tricks 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

WHEN: April 27 to 29

WHERE: Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (1 W. Franklin St.)

COST: Entrance to festival is free; pancake breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, $15 for family admission.

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Brew 101: 6 do's and don'ts for your first craft beer fest

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

7 Facts About Beer

So you want to go to a beer festival. Wouldn't any self-respecting beer aficionado feel the same?

Brew fests are a lovely rite of passage, with their exclusive releases, tasting flights, food pairings and live music.

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Still, the wonderful parts don't just happen without due diligence on the part of the beer lover (that's you.) Before you pony up for tickets or set out with your necklace of pretzels and a souvenir tasting vessel, take some advice from beer festival pros:

Beer lovers at the top-rated Great American Beer Festival in Denver savor the samples.(Contributed by the Great American Beer Festival/Denver/For the AJC)

Pick an event that will expand your beer experience. You can get hammered any time; your first beer festival should be more about really tasting regional brews and enjoying brewery lore and culture. According to LA Times Food contributor John Verive, to find a festival that's more about showcasing local or regional brews and less about pounding beers, look for a festival organized by, or in support of, a nonprofit. "Next time you're at your favorite local brewery, ask them which upcoming events they're excited to attend," noted Verive, who is also the founder of Beer of Tomorrow.

Also, note how the beer will be served. Some events have unlimited samples; others provide a set number of drink tickets with your admission. "The all-you-can-drink events are usually more expensive up front but they can work out to a better value if your goal is to try as many brews as possible," Verive noted.

Consider volunteering your first time out. If you take the advice to seek out a non-profit festival, a good way to get your feet wet is by volunteering instead of plunking down money for a ticket without knowing what to expect. Most festivals with volunteer opportunities ply volunteers with souvenir glasses, post-shift tasting tickets and free event t-shirts.

If you go this route, next year you'll know what to expect at the festival and whether or not it's worth investing in a ticket. Full disclosure: Some volunteers have so much fun they never do graduate to becoming attendees, instead returning year after year to pour beers and take tickets with friends they've met in years past.

Form a plan and then pace yourself. Figure out which brewers will be at your selected event and locate their booths on the festival website's map. As you enter, start far away from the entrance if there's only one, so you can avoid the rush to the closest stands. Plan to visit the stands with limited releases or those that feature home brews. Another strategy is to visit the tiniest breweries first since they tend to run out of at least some of their beers the most quickly. "Use the same strategy you would use at a theme park—hit the highest-demand tables first while the lines are short," Craft Beer and Brewing magazine advised. "Then as the lines grow, branch out to less-crowded ones."

Chat up the brewery reps. To really enjoy your first brew fest, seek out the booths and vendor tables with brewers and brewery employees doing the pouring, Verive recommended. "Instead of asking for 'the strongest' or 'the most hoppy' beer available, ask for advice on what you should try," he added. "Especially if you're new to beer, the brewery staff can point you toward the styles and brands to try first."

Don't get drunk. That's not the point, not this time. Make sure to eat a meal about an hour before the festival, CBB recommended.

"Give yourself some time to digest your meal. Drinking beer on a empty or full stomach can be equally uncomfortable and inadvisable." Also drink water before, during and after your time at the festival, especially if you'll be in the sun or warm weather. "

For every ounce of beer you drink, drink the same amount of water," CBB said.

"Not only will you feel better during the festival, but you'll also feel much better the next day, letting you get right back at it. And if you're at a festival full of octanes (beers above 8 percent alcohol by volume), consider making it a 2:1 rule."

Three good bet beer fests

After you soak in all this beer fest knowledge, if you're still considering which beer festival will be your first, here are three very good bets:

Fancy: The Savor American Craft Beer and Food Experience in Washington, D.C. is held at the National Building Museum.(Contributed by Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience/Washington, D.C./For the AJC)

Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, Washington, D.C.

June 1-2, 2018

There isn't a single craft beer festival that comes to the level of class and sophistication of Savor, according to Ale/Sessions. "We're talking a whole new level of beer and food appreciation generally reserved for wine snobs. It's quality over quantity for this festival, with a select number of brewers chosen to pair with creative culinary dishes. High class beer at its best."

Oregon Brew Fest, Portland

July 26-29, 2018

Another pick from Ale/Sessions, Oregon Brew Fest is also one of the longest-running beer festivals in the country. It attracts a robust crowd of, oh, 70,000.

The Great American Beer Festival, Denver

Sept. 20-22, 2018

The only American festival to make the Collector's list of 2018 "8 Best Beer Festivals," these three beer-soaked days of celebration feature more than 800 breweries and 3,800 beers. The festival includes both a public tasting event and a private competition.

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Score some amazing vinyl for your collection at the Dayton Record Fair

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

The allure of vinyl records endures much like an old school crush, for better or worse. This once-pronounced dead media has risen from the ashes to serve far more than a niche audience. 

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According to Billboard, vinyl sales have increased more than 250 percent in the last eight years. 

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Capitalizing on that rising tide is Dayton’s record fair, happening Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. 4th St. 

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The event is presented by the new Skeleton Dust Records, co-owned by Luke Tandy, and Cincinnati’s Northside Record Fair. The Drunken Waffle food truck will be serving, and DJs include James Downing, Jack Davidson and Tim Dylan.

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Vendors include Ron House, Rob Coyle, Torn Light Records, Greg Biggs, Vinyl Shock Records, Jorin Edgerly, Leroy Purcey, Neil Sharrow, Jeff Bruce, Rob Kopfer, Jon Lorenz, Steve Spatt, John Papanek, Greg Durica, Doug Smith, Paul Tescher, Jeremy Wright, Scott Ferguson, Scott Simpson, Tim Rawlings, Jaren Lykens, Skeleton Dust Records, Mike Inlow and Jay Madewell. 

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The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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That’s more than 20 vendors from Dayton and throughout the Midwest who will be offering up more than just vinyl. Tapes, CDs, T-shirts, posters and more will be up for grabs as DJs spin music from various genres throughout the day. If you’re a hardcore collector, you can buy an early bird pass to get first dibs an hour ahead of the rest. 

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WHAT WE SCORED FOR $20

This got us thinking about Dayton’s own record store, Omega Music, located at 318 E. Fifth St., which offers deals on vinyl year round. Say you had $20 on you just burning a hole in your pocket? What could you get for that Andrew Jackson? Here’s what we found on a trip to the store.

ELVIS PRESLEY 

“The Wonder of You”/“Mama Liked the Roses”

$2.99

(Jim Ingram)

Written by Baker Knight and recorded by several, including Ray Peterson, Ronnie Hilton and the Platters, “The Wonder of You” had long been a hit by the time The King released a live version in 1970. Elvis’ was the highest-charted version, reaching #9 — as did the B-side “Mama Liked the Roses”.

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GEORGE CARLIN

Take-Offs and Put-Ons

$4.99

(Jim Ingram)

This particular album is a bit misleading, based solely on the cover. Originally released as the iconic comic’s second stand-up album in 1967, it was re-released with an entirely different cover in 1972, following the smash success of his FM & AM album, which won a Grammy Award that same year. 

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LOUIS JORDAN

I Believe In Music

$4.99

(Jim Ingram)

Louis Jordan was once called “The King of the Jukebox” for the hits he churned out in the 1940s. Songs like “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”, “Caldonia Caldonia” and “Saturday Night Fish Fry” were considered early influences on rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneers. Though not as in demand by the time I Believe in Music was released in 1973, Jordan was still a name. However, it would be his final album, as he died just 15 months later.

WINGS

“Silly Love Songs”/“Cook of the House”

$3.99

(Jim Ingram)

It’s an admittedly sappy pick, but its melody is hard to shake. Paul McCartney told Billboard Magazine in 2001 he didn’t write “Silly Love Songs” as a way of thumbing his nose to critics who deemed him too soft, contrary to popular belief. He simply loved love songs. Tough to argue with a master about his methods. McCartney’s late wife, Linda, shared writing credits on the B-side.

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BILLY PRESTON

“I Wrote a Simple Song”/“Outa-Space”

$1.99

(Jim Ingram)

Speaking of former Beatles, Billy Preston — who played on the Get Back sessions and was among several considered as a “Fifth Beatle” — thought his funky 1972 instrumental “Outa-Space” would be a hit. However, the suits at A&M Records made “I Wrote a Simple Song” the A-side. But enterprising DJs discovered the B-side anyway, making “Outa-Space” a huge hit, while its lead single skimmed the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100.

The total comes to $18.95 (before tax), leaving you with some excellent finds for a little bit of cash.

WANT TO GO?

What: Dayton Record Fair

When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Cost: $5 ($10 for early bird tickets)

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These EPIC displays from the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will take your breath away

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Lantern Festival

You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before! 

(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. 

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It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience. 

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The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds. 

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Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself. 

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking. 

The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. 

It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance, or online at ohiolanternfestival.com. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. 

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