JUST ANNOUNCED: Kobe Bryant, Lenny Wilkens join the guest list for new celebrity golf tournament

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Kobe Bryant arrives at a luncheon for Oscar nominees in The Beverly Hilton on Money February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Kobe Bryant arrives at a luncheon for Oscar nominees in The Beverly Hilton on Money February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)(Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

A who’s who of NFL and NBA players have just been announced as participants in a new charity event slated for Dayton Aug. 19-20.

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As we first told you last week, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are expected to attend the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

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Hoopology Camp — Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development — has just announced that the classic will be headlined by former NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Lenny Wilkens and include several speaking engagements around the event.

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Organizers say the 40 former NBA and NFL players and coaches will include Kobe BryantWillie Reed, Ross Browner, Jordan, Pippen, West and Dennis Hopson

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

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“In that I’ve had wonderful success in the game of basketball, I felt this would be a great opportunity for others to share in my joy of giving back to the community,” said Cleamons, a former NBA player and coach.

Members if the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University’s coaching staffs are also expected to participate as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 


A pairings party with memorabilia and gifts auctioned is planned for Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The tournament will be played the following day, with a best-ball scramble beginning at noon.

Additional information about the event can be found at HoopologyCamps.org. 

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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Food truck rallies, river clean ups, firefighter challenges and more to do this weekend in Dayton

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

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It’s only the middle of the week, but we’re already looking forward to the weekend.

Here are a few ways to get a jump start on your plans.

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 🍴 DARKE CO. FOOD TRUCK RALLY AND COMPETITION

On Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. food trucks including The Drunken Waffle, EAT, Son of a Biscuit, El Meson and Ghostlight Coffee served their best breakfast and lunch dishes for Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home bragging rights. There also will be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more.

>> The reason The Drunken Waffle food truck changed its name — and its menu 

Want to go?

WHAT: The Darke County Food Truck Rally and Competition

WHEN: July 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 

INFO: Facebook

🌎 CLEAN SWEEP OF THE GREAT MIAMI RIVER

Employees of Cox Media Group Ohio, including Ted Cox and his 14-year-old son Theo, clean up debris along the Great Miami River in Dayton Friday during Clean Sweep 2014. The Clean Sweep effort is organized by groups including American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The annual Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a huge, two-part effort, with the Dayton-area portion happening on July 20 and July 21. The event is an opportunity to clean up our region’s greatest waterway, as well as remind people that their relationship with the Great Miami River is a two-way street. The Clean Sweep is coordinated and supported by many sponsors, including Dayton.com’s own Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

WHEN: Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21

WHERE: Multiple locations

INFO: cleansweepofthegreatmiamiriver.org

🎭FUTUREFEST  

“we, the invisibles” by Susan Soon He Stanton, is a tribute to behind-the-scenes immigrant hotel workers. It premiered at this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY BILL BRYMER(Staff Writer)

FutureFest is a weekend of theater featuring six new plays; each production is followed by remarks from the playwright, evaluation by professional adjudicators and audience feedback. Read more about it here.

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Want to go?

WHAT: FutureFest 2018

WHEN: July 20-22 

WHERE: Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler, located in Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark. 

INFO: Website 

🎵43RD ANNUAL BAND ORGAN RALLY

Mike and Liz Barnhart of Riverside will bring their 6-foot-tall fairground band organ to the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The rally, last held in Dayton in 2016, will bring dozens of antique and newly constructed band organs to the park. It is sponsored by the Mid-American Chapter of the Musical Box Society International and the Carousel Organ Association of America.
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Want to go?

WHAT: 43rd annual Band Organ Rally

WHEN: July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 
INFO: Website

🎈THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.
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Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge

WHEN: Friday, July 20, from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m

WHERE: Smith Park Path, Middletown

INFO: Website

🎶🍺 ADVENTURES FEST

Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Featuring a roster of Ohio musicians for a day of fun and music along the Great Miami River, this new event debuts this weekend. 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 in the lineup.

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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

🔥HUNKS AND LADDERS FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE

Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Firefighters try to woo the crowd as one-by-one they compete in an obstacle course during the challenge. The event also will include a performance by the band Stranger, beer sales and other activities.  Funds raised at the free event and from sales of the 2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar benefit A Special Wish Foundation Inc., Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and Pink Ribbon Driven.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE:The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

COST: Free 

INFO: hunksandladders.org or Facebook

🍴EL MESON’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.
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WANT TO GO? 

What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

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New Downtown Date Night event to feature 4 truly Dayton experiences

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Party at Proto BuildBar. Photo submitted by Proto BuildBar
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Party at Proto BuildBar. Photo submitted by Proto BuildBar(HANDOUT)

A new event organized by the Gem City Catfe might be the night of nights for Dayton lovebirds to get out of the nest. 

Gem City CatfeMike’s Bike ParkDK Effect and Proto BuildBar have partnered up for the first Downtown Date Night event on Friday, July 20. The event features four unique and adventurous Dayton experiences wrapped into one night for you and your honey to enjoy together. 

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The evening is for couples 18 and older, and you must be 21 and older to consume alcohol at the various stops. Tickets, $50 per couple, include stops at each location aforementioned, as well as LINK bikes to ride between destinations.

Gem City Catfe will celebrate its grand opening on January 2nd, 2018. The coffee shop and cat adoption center is located at 513 E. Fifth St. in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood.(Kara Driscoll)

Couples must begin the evening at the Catfe, but they’re allowed to use ticket privileges at the other stops in any order. Tickets are good for the following at each destination:
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• “Gem City Catfe: Two drinks of choice and two 30-minute cat lounge spots. Allergic to cats? No problem! Enjoy the cafe side and upstairs art gallery, which are fully separate from the cat lounge. 

 

• Mike's Bike Park: Includes two rides in the multi-story indoor BMX bike park, bikes provided. All skill levels welcome. 

 

• DK Effect: Includes two drinks of choice (pints of beer with 40 craft beers on tap and house cocktails) with 20 drink tokens to play on the large game selection, including skeeball.

 

• Proto BuildBar: Includes a play on the Tesla vs Edison game and 2 drinks of choice from the following: non-alcoholic beverages, coffee bar items, beer or specialty cocktails of Moscow Mule or Elderberry Gin and Tonic.

 

Spots are limited, so you must reserve your spot ahead of time and purchase tickets by visiting www.gemcitycatfe.com.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Downtown Date Night

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, July 20

WHERE: Begins at Gem City Catfe, 1513 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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More than 30 food trucks at Darke County’s first food truck rally and competition

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Food truck rally and competition

Dayton loves food trucks — and competitions. The two together make for one savory event.

This new food truck event will be worth the trek to Greenville this weekend, with over 30 trucks on the list.

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Mr. D's was one of more than 50 trucks that participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

This will be the first food truck rally and competition to take place in Darke County.

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On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home the bragging rights. There will also be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more. 

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McNasty's Mobile Food Truck makes a stop at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.(Connie Post)

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Confirmed food trucks include:

Latinarepas food truck 

McNasty's 

Shantz Express 

Creme de la Creme Cakery 

Tin Roof Mobile Food 

Dayton Urban BBQ 

Lilia's Outside Cafe 

TJ's Nice Cream Truck 

Underdogs Mobile 

Son Of a Biscuit 

G's CUE BBQ 

Chicago Gyros and Dogs Beavercreek 

Thai1On 

Cookie Mayhem 

Claybourne GRILLE 

Rock Stop N Roll 

Papa Dog Grub Hub 

Little Z Concessions 

Drunken Waffle, Twisted Taco 

Smokinbeebeeq 

PA's Pork 

Christian Bros Meat Company LLC 

Zombie Dogz 

Taquitos Truck 

Tennessie's Philippine Cuisine 

~Nacho Pig~ 

Sinsational Sandwiches 

Wild Fire Pizza 

BEME Concessions LLC, Potato Tornados & More 

Kona Ice of Troy 

Fourman Family Concessions 

Creole 2 Geaux 

Cumberland Kettle Corn 

The Bobby Cue Grill 

Bowman's Texas Tenderloins 

Bowman's Sausage 

Craves 

Wild Boar BBQ 

Karma Kitchen Food Truck 

Kettle Fixins 

Pita Pockets Concessions 

Shrimp Lips Seafood and Chicken

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)

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Confirmed craft vendors include:

Mobile BowTiki 

Dog-On-It Bakery 

Wolfes on a Mission - Advocare Health & Wellness 

Color Street nails 

Accessorize with Andrea 

AJ Laser Co. 

Scentsy 

Jamby Styles 

Tastefully Simple 

Winnie Hittle - unique jewelry and accessories 

Gena Hoyt - topiary, unique garden items 

Tennessie Hamilton - unique Philippine crafts 

Bath Fitter 

LulaRoe 

Brenda Sparks - unique crafts 

Young Living Essential Oils 

Plexus 

Leathered Up - hand made leather products 

Just Four Pups 

KenKare Jewelery & Crafts 

Anita Blakley -crafts, decorated lassware 

Jane Baldwin - unique bath items 

Rachel Shaw - Pampered Chef 

Tracy Barr - Barr's Soapery & Creative Works 

Garah Lefeld - Mother of Wolves 

Paula Wheaton 

Susan Lutz - JC Mining Store 

Angela Gibbons- The Ugly Mug 

Michelle Heckler - Avon 

Connie Imel - vintage aprons & hand towels 

Marcia Sowry - wooden benches & signs 

Lilly Rose Essentials 

Country Creations 

Cabin in the Pines Wood Products 

The Gutter Shutter 

My Gorilla Garage 

Aesthetic Artistry 

Rustic Eweniques 

Amber Row - Mobile Boutique - women's clothing and accessories 

Kra Z Paint 

Love Me Knots 

Kits for the Cure 

Grandpa Bob's Gifts

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If you make something special, you can get involved too. To sign up as a food or craft vendor, visit this website.

(Contributed)

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Want to go?

WHAT: The Darke County Food Truck Rally and Competition

WHEN: July 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 

INFO: Facebook

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Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The Ohio Challenge 2018

Prepare to be wowed.

A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.

“This is a good, positive event for the city. Everyone loves to see the balloons. There’s always that ‘Wow’ factor. Spectators often wonder ‘How did they get up there?’ ‘How do they stay up there?’ and they follow them. It’s so cool,” said Kathy Stites, event manager, The Ohio Challenge.

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The Gator is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Presented by Selection.com, the event runs Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The festival includes balloon competitions and balloon glows, fireworks, skydiving demonstrations, a laser light show, tethered balloon rides and live entertainment. There will also be carnival rides for children from Murray Brothers Amusements, Inc., expanded food booth offerings, as well as 25 arts and crafts vendors on site.

This is the 16th year for the festival, which has grown into one of the area’s largest, signature summer events. More than 300 volunteers come together to support the festivities. 

Here are six things to do, see and experience at The Ohio Challenge:

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

1. Hot air balloon launches, rides and competition

Check out launches of colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes.

Mass balloon launches and special shapes will take to the skies on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beyond the visual spectacle of bright colorful balloons in the sky, The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year over 30 participants will compete for the Ohio Challenge Trophy and to qualify for a national tournament.

This little lady walks on a partially inflated balloon during the Fluff & Puff event at the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

Experience the fun yourself with tethered hot air balloon rides for $10 and $15 or try out the Fluff & Puff balloon walk-through as well.

Call 513-932-3552 to arrange full paid rides.

All balloon activity is wind and weather permitting. Admission to the park is free during morning hours for those who would like to see the Saturday and Sunday morning balloon flights.

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Claw D — The Crazy Crab piloted by Zach Burgess of Monroe will be one of the special balloons featured at this year’s Ohio Challenge. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. Night balloon glow

Balloons can look even more amazing at night. This year’s balloon glows will take place Friday and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

3. Fireworks

A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 

4. Skydiving

Team Fastrax skydiving performances will take place at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and again at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Rides are part of the fun at the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. These festival-goers were photographed during the 2016 event at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

5. Festival fun

Beyond the balloons, you’ll find plenty of family fun all weekend long.

The event will include outdoor concerts, arts and crafts, festival foods and carnival rides.

“There’s so much to do. There’s a little something for everybody. It’s a good family-oriented festival in the park. There’s a lot of good food, and a lot of great vendors. It’s a good place to be,” said Sean Askren, a Middletown resident, pilot committee member and FAA liaison.

This is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

There will be live music on Friday night with Broken Road, a Rascal Flatts tribute band and on Saturday evening featuring The Skallywags from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Main Stage activities, including opening remarks and the National Anthem, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Wounded Warrior Honoring Ceremony, recognizing Purple Hearts and Gold Stars, will be held on Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of events and activities, visit the Ohio Challenge website.

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Competition balloons fly over Hook Field during the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

6. Car show

The show featuring 125 to 150 cars will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration for the car show is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to register is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. A number of awards will be given.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge Balloon and Festival Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember

WHEN: Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. The festival is open 4-10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Balloon activity only from 7-9:30 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave and Verity Parkway in Middletown

ADMISSION: During regular evening festival hours, walk-in admission is $5 per adult (children ages 12 and under are free), $15 per vehicle to park (which includes a free shuttle ride and admission for all in the vehicle). Vehicles should enter the festival grounds via Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road.

MORE INFO: www.ohiochallenge.comwww.warriorwtr.com

Hot air balloons are inflated for attendees to get a closer look during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

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