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Velcro and vodka to collide at Battle of the Bartenders 2018

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Louis, a bartender at  Flyboy's Deli in Beavercreek, will compete in the 5th Annual Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.
Miami Valley Restaurant Association
Louis, a bartender at Flyboy's Deli in Beavercreek, will compete in the 5th Annual Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.(Miami Valley Restaurant Association)

When vodka meets Velcro, those of us who imbibe win. 

Plans are underway for the fifth annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders going down from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Prime Time Party Rentals, 5225 Springboro Pike, Moraine.

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This year’s event will have mixologists from 18 restaurants battle it out. Each drink will be paired with food from the respective restaurants.  

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Tickets are $20 and include four drink samples and food from each of the restaurants. They can be purchased in advance at Prime Time Party Rental, J.D. Legends, Carvers Steaks & Chops and Mr. Boro's Tavern or online at dineoutdayton.com.

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Nick, a bartender at Coco's Bistro, will participate in Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.(Photo: Miami Valley Restaurant Association)

Five drink flight cards can be purchased for an additional $5 at the event. 

 Amy Zahora, the executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association, says the will also be a DJ and an adult play area featuring a mechanical bull and Velcro wall.

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“You can try to climb to the top for Buckeye Vodka prizes,” Zahora said. “(Prime Time) said, ‘let’s kick it up to the next notch’.” 

The grand prizes include a crystal people’s choice trophy  and a wrestling style belt awarded by a panel of judges. Each of those winners will receive a Buckeye Vodka basket valued at about $500. 

“We have a lot of very talented bartenders like we do chefs in town,” Zahora said. “They can make some really cool drinks.” 

Judges will also award prizes for second and third place best bartender and best pairing. 

Last year, Bill Castro, co-owner of West Carrollton’s El Meson, took home both the best pairing and best bartender for his tropical Tamiami Mami.

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This year’s judges include Dayton.com writer Amelia Robinson, Alexis Larsen, a Dayton Daily News food writer; local realtor Michael Martin; Century Bar co-owner Joseph Head; Dayton City Paper columnist Paula Johnson and Lisa Seibert, Dayton Local’s sales director.  

A 2017 Battle of the Bartenders was crowned. Video by Amelia Robinson

The drinks are shrouded in secrecy, but the dishes include: 

•  bruschetta 

•  smoked wings 

•  meatballs 

• Asian dumplings 

• jambalaya 

• bite size Nashville dip rolled in spicy panko and sriacha candied bacon topped with a pickle 

• housemade chips and salsa 

• cheese tortellini with creamy tomato lobster sauce 

• citrus olive oil pound cake with macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream 

• pork tacos 

• fried kimchi rice balls 

• Goat Cheese Panna Cotta 

• mini crab tostado with chipotle crema and cilantro 

• duck enchilada sliders 

• sesame seared tuna, wakame Salad on fried malanga chip and sriracha aioli 

Participating restaurants in the 2018 Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders include: 

• Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., Dayton 

• Archer’s Tavern, 9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville

•Basil’s on Market, 18 N. Market Street, Troy and 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton 

• Bravo! Cucina Italiana, 2770 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville 

• Carver’s, 1535 Miamisburg Road, Washington Twp. 

• Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren Street, Dayton 

• Dewberry 1850, 1414 South Patterson Blvd. inside of the Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton

• El Meson, 903 E Dixie Dr., West Carrollton 
• elé Cake Co. Bistro and Wine Bar, 3680 Rigby Rd., Dayton 

• Flyboy’s Deli, 2729 Fairfield Commons Boulevard, Beavercreek

• Giovanni's Fairborn, 215 W Main St, Fairborn

• J.D. Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin

• Lily's Bistro, 329 East Fifth St., Dayton 

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• Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave,  Washington Twp. 

• Mr. Boro's Tavern, 495 N Main St, Springboro

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• Watermark Resturant, 20 S. First St., Miamisburg 

• Roost Restaurant, 524 E 5th St., Dayton

• Wheat Penny, 515 Wayne Ave, Dayton 

Lesli Dean of Roost Restaurants in Dayton will participate in Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.(Source: Miami Valley Restaurant Association)

Want to go? 

WHAT: Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders 

WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 7

WHERE: Prime Time Party Rentals, 5225 Springboro Pike, Moraine.

COST: $20 which includes four sample cocktails and all food. Additional cocktails can be purchased. 

INFO: DineoutDayton.com

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5 reasons to head to Celtic Fest Ohio this weekend

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

This is the third year for Celtic Fest Ohio at the Renaissance Park in Waynesville. As the fest grows in popularity, organizers add new events and features while retaining those that made it grow in the first place. Here are five reasons to attend Celtic Fest Ohio:

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1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)

Celtic Fest Ohio will be held on June 15th-17th at the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Arguably the cornerstone of the fest, nearly 20 acts will take the stage over three days. Bands representing a mixture of Celtic rock, punk rock, bluegrass, and gospel will play a variety of traditional ballads, Celtic rock songs, and pub songs. Returning favorites include Dulahan, Jameson’s Folly and Fin Tan.

Two notable additions to the musical lineup this year are Albannach, a Scottish band that plays traditional tribal music using bass drums, bodhráns (Irish frame drums), and a single bagpipe, and The Elders, an internationally touring Irish-American folk rock band. The Elders recently announced that, after 20 years and eight studio albums, they will be retiring at the end of 2018.

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The lineup isn’t limited to music. Four troupes will give performances in Celtic dance, highland dance, and ceili (group folk) dance, and the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration as well.

2. SHAMROCK SHENANIGANS (JUNE 15)

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

This newest addition to the fest is an obstacle course consisting of beer pong, cornhole, limbo, and others, with three beer stations along the way. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and the overall winner will be crowned as the “Official Shamrock Shenanigator.” There will also be a kid-friendly version, with root beer and water. There is a separate entry fee of $15.

3. VIKING ENCAMPMENT (JUNE 16-17)

The 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration at Celtic Fest Ohio. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

This piece of living history includes a 40-foot replica of a Viking ship, so people can live a day in the life of Vikings during the “Beowulf” area, such as what it was like to sail to faraway lands.

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4. BORDER COLLIE DEMONSTRATIONS

Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep.(Contributing Writer)

Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep, a family tradition that is educational and entertaining, and shows how such practices are still in use today.

5. FOOD AND DRINK

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

There will be Irish-themed food as well as American comfort food at the fest. The vendors are: Pleasant Peasant (haggis, bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie), 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q (smoked Irish and Scottish meats, moonshine), Aleing Knight Pub (hot dogs, Scotch eggs, Celtic baked pots), Davinci’s (American or Celtic pizza), King’s Kustom Kreatons (donuts), Holly B’s Sweets (gourmet chocolates), Martin’s Fine Foods (ice cream), and KJs Cajun Cuisine (beignets, or French pastries).

The drink booths will be serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Magners Irish Cider, Valley Vineyards wines, American domestic beers, water and Coca-Cola products.

There will also be Guinness and cider tastings inside the Guinness tent, along with a Guinness Ambassador for instruction and a pint glass to take home.

Want to go?

WHEN: June 15-17; 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville

COST: $12 (single day), $18 (two-day pass), $5 ($5 Friday), $15 (Shamrock Shenanigans), $18 (Guinness Tent tastings)

MORE INFO: www.celticfestohio.com

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Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Scottie Pippen among celebrities coming to Dayton for new event 

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks. 

 

Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering. 

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Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach. 

WHO BENEFITS 

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

The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit. 

WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?

A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of  basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.

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Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him. 

“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said. 

He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday. 

“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”

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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WHY DAYTON?

Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.  

“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.  

Links to register for the event can be found at Hoopologycamp.org.

 

The first Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event is set for Aug. 19 and 20, 2018.(Contributed)

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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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Top 10 things to do this weekend includes festivals, food truck rallies and fun

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Austrian Festival Spass Nach, which celebrates Kettering s association with Steyr, Austria, returns to Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering on Wednesday, June 20. CONTRIBUTED
Austrian Festival Spass Nach, which celebrates Kettering s association with Steyr, Austria, returns to Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering on Wednesday, June 20. CONTRIBUTED

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’ve left planning until the last minute, luckily there is plenty to do!

>>GUIDE: 12 festivals happening in and around Dayton this weekend

Here are our top 10 events and best things to do in and around Dayton: 

1) CELTIC FEST OHIO

The Elders, Off Kilter, Albannach and Father Son & Friends (pictured) are among the headlining acts at the third annual Celtic Fest Ohio at Renaissance Park in Waynesville, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. CONTRIBUTED

This part of Ohio has some major, long-running Celtic festivals, from the Dayton Celtic Fest July 27 through 29 to the Dublin Irish Festival August 3 through 5. One of the region's newest, Celtic Fest Ohio, returns for a third year to Renaissance Park, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.

This year's musical lineup includes headliners the Elders, Off Kilter, Albannach, Poor Man's Gambit, the Fighting Jamesons and Father Son and Friends. The festival also features the McGovern Ceili Dancers, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the Misplaced Vikings.

Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.celticfestohio.

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2) MIAMISBURG BICENTENNIAL

Miamisburg’s eight-day bicentennial celebration starts Saturday. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF(Staff Writer)

The City of Miamisburg is marking a major milestone with its Bicentennial Celebration beginning on June 16. The weeklong series of events, at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, features live music, carnival rides, family entertainment, food trucks, craft vendors and kids' activities. Country singer Ricky Skaggs performs on June 20. The Celebration continues through Saturday, June 23. Cost: Free. Call 937-866-8999 or visit www.miamisburg200.org.

3) ALISON KRAUSS

Alison Krauss, on touring supporting her 2017 solo album, Windy City, returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, June 15. CONTRIBUTED

Alison Krauss was only 16 when Rounder Records released her first solo album, "Too Late to Cry," in 1987. She went on to a diverse career that has included bluegrass, country and pop material on releases with her band Union Station and side projects like "Raising Sand" with former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. In 2017, 30 years after her debut, Krauss released "Windy City," her first solo album since 1999.The singer returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Cost: $40 lawn & terrace in advance, $45 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.

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4) TRASH N' TREASURE

Dayton Society of Artists has partnered with Dayton Art Institute for Trash N' Treasure, a fundraising sale at The 48 High Street Gallery, 48 High St., Dayton, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Items include antique furniture, art books, framed prints and original artwork from the late David Smith. Proceeds benefit DAI and DSA. Call 937-228-4532 visit www.daytondsps.org.

5) GAITHER VOCAL BAND

Bill Gaither started his career more than 50 years ago and continues to be one of the most successful praise artists in the world. In October, the Indiana native and his award-winning Gaither Vocal Band released the live album, "We Have This Moment." On May 14, he released the DVD companion to the number one-charting gospel album. The Gaither Vocal Band's The Here + Now Tour makes a stop at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $27.50-$67.50. Call 937-339-2911 or visit www.hobartarena.com.

6) THE MONKEES

March 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of the final episode of the musical comedy television series, "The Monkees." That could've marked the end of the group, since it had formed as an American version of the Beatles. However, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork defied the odds to remain a viable band with successful albums, hit singles and sold out tours. This summer, Dolenz and Nesmith are on the road singing songs from the Monkees lengthy career, from '60s hits and deep cuts to the group's 2016 comeback album, "Good Times!" The Monkees present the Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$56. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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7) FRAZE FESTS

Austrian Festival Spass Nach, which celebrates Kettering s association with Steyr, Austria, returns to Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering on Wednesday, June 20. CONTRIBUTED

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, is hosting two signature events over the next several weeks. First up is the second annual Sliders, Sides & Suds at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The Hathaways perform at 3 p.m. followed by the Exploit Band at 5:30 p.m. and Brother Believe Me at 8 p.m. One of the venue's longest-running annual events is Spass Nach, which celebrates Kettering's association with Steyr, Austria. The Austrian Festival, presented by the Kettering Sister City Association, returns to Lincoln Park Civic Commons at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The Chardon Polka Band will perform traditional polkas, original songs and covers of songs by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and other pop acts. Beer will be available but glass steins are not permitted. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.

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8) TIM MCLAUGHLIN

When he was growing up, Tim McLaughlin was sure he was going to work in his family's business hanging window coverings. That career path was stifled when he started doing comedy in Indianapolis in 2010. While he started with an act heavy on one-liners, today the Chicago-based comedian does a mix of storytelling and crowd work. McLaughlin performs at Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.

9) LEE BRICE

Country singer Lee Brice, who released his fourth solo album in November, performs at JD Legends in Franklin on Thursday, June 21. CONTRIBUTED

Lee Brice was attending Clemson University on a football scholarship when an injury permanently sidelined his budding sports career. The native of Sumter, S.C., who had been writing songs since the age of 10, turned his full attention to country music. Brice started off in Nashville as a songwriter for other artists before establishing himself as country singer. In November, he released his fourth solo album. Brice returns to the area for a concert at JD Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Cost: $36, VIP $100-$175. Call 937-746-4950 or visit www.jdlegends.com.

10) FOOD TRUCK RALLY

Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, hosts its monthly Food Truck Rally on Friday, June 15. Participants in the celebration of street foods include El Meson, Crème de la Crème Cakery, Son of a Biscuit and the Drunken Waffle. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Yellow Cab hosts Food Truck Rallies the third Friday of each month through October. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.

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