TONIGHT: Tacos will descend on Dayton in this epic food truck rally 

Published: Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 11:09 AM
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks as Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q hosts the second annual Taco Truck Takeover at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30.

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“We’ve got a number of really talented chefs inside of these trucks operating in the Miami Valley,” Jeff Stringer, owner of Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q said. “This event gives everyone a chance to put their own spin on tacos. From traditional, to modern, and than everything between and beyond, there’s going to be a big variety represented.” 

>> Your guide to Dayton food trucks

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Joining host truck Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q at the Taco Truck Takeover will be: The Beerded PigHunger Paynes Food TruckThe Painted PepperCarvaso'sThe Drunken WaffleEl Meson, and The Wicked 'Wich of DaytonMAD Sweet Heat will also be on hand with their delicious candied sliced jalapenos and candied jalapeno relish.

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The Taco Truck Takeover also features a “best bite contest” where each truck will submit a taco to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Local craft beer will be on draft, dessert trucks will be on site and music is being planned for the event too. 

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“We want this to be more of a festival,” Stringer said. “This is going to land somewhere between a block party and a street festival… with a whole lot of delicious tacos.” 

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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For those interested in attending Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q's Taco Truck Takeover, the event takes place at The Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30 from 5-10 p.m. Entry is free and more information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1688585554768922/.

Want to go?WHAT: Taco Truck TakeoverWHEN: 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 30 WHERE: Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

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Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

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

All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.

>> Dayton Air Show: How to avoid traffic and parking headaches 

Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. 

“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.

This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

Here’s what you should know to have a great time:

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»»F-22 Raptor, Golden Knights to perform at 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

1. CAN’T MISS AERIAL SHOWS

United States Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year. 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart. 

The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.

>> 5 things you didn’t know about Dayton’s aviation history

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

 

Fastest woman racer

Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.

She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.

Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger, will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. CONTRIBUTED.

Sean D. Tucker’s farewell show

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances. 

TORA! TORA! TORA!

A living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! Will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs. 

Sky aerobatics

The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages. 

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, an all-weather stealth tactical flighter, will demonstrate its capabilities at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

2. MUST-SEE PLANES ON THE GROUND 

Though planes will be soaring over head don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft. 

Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang. 

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The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. 

Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010. 

The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground. 

Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness. 

The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend.

The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.

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

3. THINGS TO DO JUST FOR KIDS 

Need a respite for the kids? The Vectren Kid’s Hangar has a backyard gym for climbing, a sandbox, face painting and crafts. The getaway is free and occasionally Air Show performers drop by to sign autographs. 

The hangar will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with food, beverage and restroom facilities nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

>> 6 impressive airplanes at the Air Force Museum

4. WHAT TO EAT: CONCESSIONS 

A variety of food concessions will be available as well as plenty of Coke and Budweiser products.

ATM’s are located on the show grounds.

>> Where to eat and drink before and after the Dayton Air Show

5. WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared. 

Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed. 

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General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars. 

Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service animals. 

The B-17 bomber used in the 1990 Warner Brother film, "Memphis Belle," will appear at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

6. WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME 

Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, roller blades or scooters. 

7. WHERE TO PARK AND HOW TO GET THERE 

There’s plenty of onsite parking. Keep in mind it’s $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles. Overnight parking is prohibited. 

From I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow signs for ticket type. 

From I-70 use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road and follow signs for ticket type. 

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

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. 

An alternate parking plan will be implemented if rain prior to the show prevents use of grass parking lots. If implemented, check the show website, social media and local newspaper, television and radio outlets for alternate parking plans. 

If you’d like someone else to do the driving, a continuous express shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA. The shuttle is available from the U.S. Air Force Museum to the main gate of the air show for $3 per round trip. Hourly shuttle service will also be available in downtown Dayton from the Wright Stop Plaza. Regular RTA fare will apply.

Vintage and modern aircraft alike thrilled thousands of fans over Father's Day weekend, June 18-19, at the Dayton International Airport. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

WANT TO GO? 

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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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

 

TRAFFIC

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.

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

WHERE TO PARK

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.

WHICH LOT TO CHOOSE?

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 

>> 5 things you didn’t know about Dayton’s aviation history

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)

PARK AND RIDE TO DAYTON AIR SHOW

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

WANT TO GO? 

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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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. 

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

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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

>> Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

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.

>> Paddle (and eat) your way through the Great Miami River Race and Treasure Island River Fest

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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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.

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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