2 fish fry events this weekend in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Dayton.com's Amelia Robinson finds out the secret to the fish that will be served at Carroll High School's first St. Pat's Fest. Video by Amelia Robinson.

There’s no better Friday pastime this time of year. 

And that means fish fry season. Sure, many fish fries have been under way for weeks. But since it’s official season now, we have three events this weekend just for you.

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Fish fries take place like clockwork during the Lenten season. These are community events that bring people together in droves to break bread and thousands of pounds of crispy, flaky fish together. CONTRIBUTED

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March 16: St. Charles Fish n’ Chips Fish Fry   

WHERE: 4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering

WHEN: 5 p.m.-midnight

COST: $15

INFO: 937-434-4933

All-you-can-eat fish with fries, coleslaw and unlimited soft drinks and water.

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March 16: Rugby Club Fish Fry 

WHERE: IUE Local 755 Union Hall, 1675 Woodman Dr., Dayton

WHEN: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

COST: $25 

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

All-you-can-eat fish, brats, fries and other sides, as  well as bottomless beverages, including soda and beer from Warped Wing. There will also be games of chance, raffles, silent auctions and door prizes.

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The Hecht family and friends batter Icelandic Cod fillets to be fried at Friday night’s fish fry at Fenwick High School last March in Middletown. The Hecht family has been throwing fish fry events for more than 50 years. NICK DAGGY / STAFF(Nick Daggy)

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7 cheap, family-friendly summer movie programs

Published: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:46 PM

“COCO” is among the films part of summer movie series.
“COCO” is among the films part of summer movie series.(CONTRIBUTED)

There’s nothing quite like the magic of going to the movies, especially for kids. Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the heat for a couple of hours. 

However, catching a flick isn’t the cheapest activity, so we’ve rounded up the area programs, events and discounts to bring family fun to the silver screen ... sometimes for free.

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Who has the better breakfast? Food trucks to battle it out this weekend

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.  The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from  Drunken Waffle.
Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Drunken Waffle.(Submitted)

When tacos battle tacos, sandwiches battle sandwiches, Asian food dukes it out versus Asian food and BBQ squares off with BBQ, we all win

Organizers of the Battle of the Breakfasts have added a list of new food truck battle categories to their lineup this season. Here’s what you need to know: 

The first Brunch! Food Truck Rally was held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. The Drunken Waffle and Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q will start hosting monthly Brunch! Food Truck Rallies at Yellow Cab on the first Sunday of every month from April through September. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Besides breakfasts, food trucks will duke it out in battles of barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, veggie entrees and Asian dishes.

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“All of them (the battles) are going be ongoing through the month,” said Brian Johnson, spokesman for Dayton Food Truck Battles.

Two trucks will compete at each monthly battle.

>> What to know about Battle of the Breakfasts

Up this week:

Battle of the Breakfasts

Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St.: Greek Street Food Truck vs. The Drunken Waffle

Battle of the Sandwiches

Thursday, June 28, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: EAT vs. Son of a Biscuit

Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)

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As with the other battles, the truck that sells the most will win the challenge and receive  bragging rights, a sticker and a trophy.

The winning truck advances to the next round and will fight to retain the trophy.

“It’s all about supporting small businesses and giving them recognition,” Johnson said. 

The additional battles are being scheduled. 

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Battle of the Breakfasts

Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St.: Greek Street Food Truck vs. The Drunken Waffle

Battle of the Sandwiches

Thursday, June 28, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: EAT vs. Son of a Biscuit

Battle of the Tacos

Thursday, July 5,  5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: Latin Arepas vs. Drunken Waffle

Battle of Asian Cuisine

Thursday, July 12, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: Thai1On vs. EAT.

Battle of the Barbecues

Next round details TBD

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Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q is hosting the Premium Barbecue Tasting Menu at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on January 20 at Yellow Cab Tavern. Provided photo

The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

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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

5 of the best festivals happening this weekend (6/22/18 to 6/24/18). This includes Festival on the Hill, Carillon Rail Festival, Dayton Air Show, Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow and Treasure Island River Fest.

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!

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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. 

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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


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


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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


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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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

COST: $8.00/Adults, $6.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-17), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are available for $15.00/Adults, $9.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. DSNH Members 1/2 price admission for this special event

INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org



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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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, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

COST: Free entry. Fees for certain events and rentals

INFO: www.greatmiami.net

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How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Dayton Air Show

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 10:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other aviation acts will thrill audiences at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

It’s almost Dayton Air Show weekend! The last thing anyone wants is to be stuck in traffic trying to get there or frustrated over parking.

Here are some travel tips that anyone headed to the show should know.

>> Insider’s guide to the 2018 Dayton Air Show



The number one tip is to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. Delays are expected on National Road and Dixie Drive throughout Air Show weekend. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

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The U.S. Army Golden Knights will thrill spectators at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show will intricate canopy work. CONTRIBUTED


There’s plenty of onsite parking. Make sure you know where you’re headed based on the type of ticket you purchased. 

Expect a long walk from the parking lot to the show grounds. Free shuttles will pick up guests at the front of the P-lot parking lot and take to the Pavilion or Blue Sky chalet areas. The shuttle runs from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. continuously.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM THE HIGHWAY: Parking lots can be accessed from either I-75 or I-70. If you’re traveling north or south on I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow the signs based on your ticket type. Those traveling east or west on I-70 are advised to use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road. 

Drivers are encouraged to follow signs posted along the show route as well as the directions conveyed by the police officers.


The Vectren Dayton Air Show has six parking lots: 

• P – Lot for Chalet and Pavilion ticket holders (Shuttle to Chalet or Pavilions) 

• General Admission Main Lot for General Admission tickets (Walk to Gate) 

• General Admission South Lot for General Admission tickets (Shuttle to Gate) 

• Handicap Parking Lot for any ticket holders with a Handicap plate or hang tag 

• VIP Parking Lot for Chairman’s Club and other VIP guests. Hangtag required. 

• C-lot Parking Lot for volunteers, air crew, and vendors. 

• Media Parking Lot for media, and Photo Pit/Tour ticket purchasers

HANDICAPPED PARKING: Note, those with handicapped parking tags will be directed to the appropriate area. Wheelchairs will not be available for rent. KT Scooter Rental will have electric mobility scooters available for rental. The rates are $10.00 per hour or $60 for the day (Special Air Show Pricing). The scooter rental will be located just inside the Main Gate to the show grounds. Reservations can be made with Teresa at (419) 679-8975. Service dogs ARE permitted at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

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2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show parking map. (Source: Vectren Dayton Air Show)

COST: The cost to park on site is $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles.

MORE INFO: For updates, visit the Air Show Facebook page or Air Show website 

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform during the Vectren Dayton Air Show held at the Dayton International Airport, Sunday, June 29, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)


Continuous Express Shuttle service provided by Greater Dayton RTA is available from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to the show’s main gate for $3 per round trip. 

Hourly shuttle service also is available from Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton to the show’s main gate. The regular RTA fare structure applies from downtown. Express Shuttle service will run between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information, visit i-riderta.org or daytonairshow.com

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WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show 

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia 

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24, 2018

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Vectren Dayton Air Show

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