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Where to find Veterans Day meals and deals in the Miami Valley

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

World War II veteran William Spriggs, 89, of the 83rd Infantry Division and who took part in the invasion of Normandy, searches for fallen comrades in the Normandy American Cemetery June 5, 2014 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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World War II veteran William Spriggs, 89, of the 83rd Infantry Division and who took part in the invasion of Normandy, searches for fallen comrades in the Normandy American Cemetery June 5, 2014 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)(Win McNamee)

On Veterans Day, Saturday Nov. 11, many restaurants and other businesses are showing their appreciation by offering deals to veterans and active-duty military men and women, including free food and free services. 

Here are some of the establishments in the Dayton area that have reached out to us to let us know they are offering  Veterans Day deals. Please send information about your deal to with a copy to

We will be updating this story as we receive information about Veterans Day deals. Some businesses are extending their offers through the weekend or moving them up to the day before Veterans Day. Proof of service is generally required; the forms of proof of service vary by business. 


Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar

Primanti Bros. is offering a free classic “Almost Famous” sandwich –- grilled meat, Provolone cheese, sweet-and-sour slaw, French fries and tomatoes, between slices of thick-cut Italian bread -– free for all veterans and active duty military, all day on Nov. 11, at all locations, with no stipulations. Customers will be asked to provide a military ID.

Location: near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek


As part of a Hometown Heroes Celebration, veterans can enjoy a free breakfast on Nov. 11.

Locations: in the Cornerstone of Centerville retail center and in West Chester

O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar

O’Charley’s will honor all active duty and veteran military personnel on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a free meal from its “$9.99er Menu” by showing their military IDs. In addition to the meal, veterans will receive a $5-off-any-$20-purchase voucher for their next visit.

Locations: Near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp., Miller Lane in Butler Twp., Miiddletown, Springfield, West Chester

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Graeter’s will give away a free sundae to veterans on Veterans Day Nov. 11, which also happens to be National Sundae Day, a Graeter’s spokeswoman said. 

Locations: Oakwood, Centerville, Beavercreek, Mason, Liberty Twp.

Dunkin’ Donuts

On Nov. 11, veterans and active military personnel can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.

Locations: Multiple shops throughout the region.

Rapid Fired Pizza

The Kettering-based pizza chain is offering a free pizza to veterans and active-duty military with ID on Nov. 11. 

Locations: Multiple restaurants throughout the region

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill

The Centerville restaurant will offer active military and veterans with ID a complimentary Sweeney’s Seafood Fish & Chips with house-made coleslaw from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The offer is not available for carry-out.  Reservations are recommendned at (937) 291-3474. 

Location: 28 W. Franklin St., Centerville

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy’s is doing something a little different. It will offer a coupon for a free combo meal to all veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, and that coupon can be redeemed anytime through Nov. 30.

Locations: Centerville and West Chester

Bob Evans

Bob Evans Restaurants is celebrating Veterans Day this year by offering the choice of one of six free meals to veterans and active duty military personnel. 

Veterans and active duty military personnel will have the choice of select from among these breakfast (available all day), lunch, and dinner menu items: Stack of Hotcakes (Buttermilk or Multigrain; Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast; Country Biscuit Breakfast; Mini Sampler Breakfast;  Farm Boy Sandwich; or Country Fried Steak Dinner.

Locations: 7400 Miller Ln. | 1285 Woodman Dr. | 1202 S Main St. | 1850 E Dorothy Ln. | 7670 Brandt Pike | 220 Byers Rd. | 2648 Colonel Glenn Hwy | 7115 Far Hills Ave. | 5525 Wilmington Pike | 3409 Seajay Drive and others. 

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10 AMAZING festivals we just cannot wait for

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

It is officially festival season, and we couldn’t be more excited!  

Mark your calendars, grab some stretchy pants and get ready to eat, drink and ooh-and-aah your way through these festivals coming up this spring and summer.

Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)


Get ready for Strawberry Palooza (that’s this year’s festival theme). 

Chocolate-covered berries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry burritos, strawberry cheesecake and Troy’s famous strawberry donuts are just a few of the treats you’ll find at this festival.

>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2017

Need something more savory before dessert? Giant pork tenderloins, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more festival favorites will be scattered around the Public Square, downtown Troy. Expect tons of craft vendors, games and entertainment that includes Kung Fu from the Kong Hoi Kung Fu Association, a pie eating contest and music from New Frontiers, a Journey Tribute band.  

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3

WHERE: Downtown Troy, along the Public Square and Miami County River levee

INFO: Facebook TwitterInstagram

COST: Free  

NO CUTLINE for PBP festive Florida list Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)


This year’s poultry party is expected to reach a monumental milestone — 1 million chicken dinners sold. Organizers expect to sell 25,000 of its “world famous” barbecue chicken dinners at this year’s festival. There will also be the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests, FREE kiddie tractor pull, rides and games for all ages, vendor area, Cake and Egg Contests, flower show, art and photo show, a 5K run, along with many other family friendly events.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10

WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles


COST: Free
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Scene from the Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival. (Martin Wheeler III)


There will be more than 400 beers from more than 100 different breweries at the Father’s Day weekend bash. 

You’ll have the chance to try imported and local beers, along with craft brews and hard ciders.

Admission includes a picnic-style meal that includes BBQ beef sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad and a bottle of water.  

Cigars will be sold from Jungle Jim’s humidor that can be smoked on the terrace. 

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16

WHERE: Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield

INFO: |Twitter

COST: Early admission is $58.58 per day. General Admission is $47.93. 

From left, Lamb Burger, Chicken Popeye Slider, and Great American Bacon and Beer Burger. (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press/TNS)(Detroit Free Press)


Enjoy mini sandwiches from a variety of restaurants at this event held at Lincoln Park in Kettering in partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. 

The Hathaways,  Exploit Band and Brother Believe Me will perform. Lawn chairs are encouraged. 

WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16  

WHERE: Lincoln Park Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website Facebook

COST: Free  

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Scene from the 2012 Vectren Dayton Air Show. Crowds watched the US Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team. Contributed Photo by Charles Caperton (


Celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and honor our local military history at the Air Show. There will be performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Sean D. Tucker, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen,” the Redline Airshow  and Vicky Benzing.

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WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24

WHERE: 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia

INFO: Website Facebook| Twitter

COST:  Tickets can be purchased online by June 17 for $21 plus a processing fee on the internet for adults and $16 for seniors and youth ages 6 to 11. Online tickets for adults increase to $25 plus fees June 18 to 24. Gate admission is $25 for adults and $16 for seniors and youth. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Kroger starting May 14.  

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Food, music and craft beer from the Yellow Springs Brewery all in one event? The second Springsfest was on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Here is who we spotted. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Tom Gilliam)


Dayton’s rock legends Guided By Voices and Twin Peaks of Chicago will headline the third annual SpringsFest, which features brews by Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing and MadTree. 

>> PHOTOS: SpringsFest 2016

>> PHOTOS: Springsfest in Yellow Springs 2017

Other acts include Caamp; Counterfeit Madison, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins, Adam Remnant, Teen Age; Scary Balance; Gaptooth Grin and Lori. 

WHEN: Saturday, July 7

WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.

INFO: facebookWebsite

COST: Early bird passes are $45 each. The $55 full price passes go on sale June 15.

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Pies and Pints Pizza and Craft Beer’s signature wings took home the award for best wings at 2014’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival. They’ll defend their title again this year on July 9 at the Fraze Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Enjoy bold food, great music, and a family-friendly party at the Fraze. Several restaurants will bring their best of the best.

>> Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest 2018

Entertainment includes 24Seven Party Band, The North 41 

and Lt. Dan’s New Legs

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14 

WHERE: Lincoln Park at Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website 

COST: Free

Sean Askren's hot air balloon "Bohica" and Doug Grimes' "The Gator" balloon were inflated during a media preview Thursday, July 20 for The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. The event runs Friday through Sunday. For more information visit NICK GRAHAM/STAFF


This sanctioned hot air balloon competition will feature a race of 30 participants for the glory, the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals. There will be night balloon glows at dusk, a car show, balloon rides, fireworks, outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21

WHERE:2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown


COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)

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Gaelic Storm will once again headline the Dayton Celtic Festival this July. CONTRIBUTED


Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the most popular festivals of the summer. There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm; Scythian; Sock In The Frying Pan, Rory Makem; The Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3 and Heron Valley. 

Did we mention the beer, food and culture?

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WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website | Facebook

| Instagram

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Celtic Festival 2017

The fifth annual Bacon Fest took over the Fraze Pavilion, in Kettering, with porky fun on Sunday, Aug. 20. The event sponsored by the Fraze and Miami Valley Restaurant Raiders — a monthly “foodie” group that visits local restaurants — featured bacon treats from 15 locally owned restaurant. STAFF PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)


Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.

>> PHOTOS: Did we catch you drooling over the amazing food at Bacon Fest? 

This festival sets out to prove that “everything goes better with bacon.”

Local restaurants create bacon-ey dishes for the event presented by the Restaurant Raiders, a foodie group that supports Dayton area restaurants. 

Music includes Cherry Avenue, The Fries and Fu5ion.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering


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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country legends Alabama are coming to Dayton this summer

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

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The legendary country music group Alabama will be returning to the Dayton-area for a September concert at the Rose Music Center. 

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Tickets for the Sept. 14 show will go on sale Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. Prices range from $23.50 to $98. 
The concert will be a stop on The Hits Tour 2018, commemorating the band’s 49 years of playing.

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“This year's tour is for the lifelong fans, and also the younger generations just now discovering the music,” Randy Owen noted in a press release to this news organization.

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Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience. The band has sold over 80 million albums, have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards and ACM Awards. 

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They’ve earned 21 Gold®, Platinum® and Multi-Platinum® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

>> PHOTOS: Country Concert 2017

Want to go?

WHAT: Alabama, The Hits Tour 2018

WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: 1-800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster 

INFO: Rose Music Center

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7 ways to celebrate Memorial Day in (and around) Dayton

Published: Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:41 PM

We show you a few of the many Veterans Memorials across the Miami Valley

There's nothing like Memorial Day to mark the start of summer.

Here are some great ways to celebrate the holiday, honor those who sacrificed all for our country and enjoy an extra-long weekend.


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Have an event or deal to add to the guide? Let us know at 

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☀️Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Dairy 

“Celebrate Memorial Day with us. You show up, we’ll supply the fun,” according to Young’s website. Spend the beautiful Memorial Day Weekend at Young's Jersey Dairy enjoying ice cream, miniature golf, the driving range, batting cages, slides and more. Once you’ve completed your 18 holes at the miniature golf course, head over to the carnival to ride a few rides. 

WHERE: Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 

WHEN: Memorial Day weekend Friday through Monday

INFO: Visit the website for information about hours, directions, food, events and more. 

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

☀️Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival 

Celebrate your Memorial Day Weekend at the Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival. Experience Native American culture featuring music, dancing, traders and exhibits, and loads of activities and demonstrations for children and adults alike. The festival is free.

WHERE: Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe 

WHEN: Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27 

INFO: The event is free. For information about parking and hours, visit the website

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The Feast of the Flowering Moon features Native American dancing, bands, art, pageants and more.(Contributed)

☀️Patriot Freedom Festival 

If you’re having trouble trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day weekend, the Patriot Freedom Festival is something you won’t want to miss. See Civil War Re-enactments and cannon firings, live music and the Four Freedom Equestrian team doing a very moving war drama routine. Honor those who have served the country by attending the Flag Refresh Ceremony and Memorial Day Services for the Gold Star Mothers. In between the fun, enjoy food from various vendors. 

WHERE: Dayton VA Medical Center Campus, 4100 W. 3rd St., Dayton. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27

INFO: Facebook

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☀️Dayton Heritage Festival 

The Dayton Heritage Festival is a great way to get in touch with your inner Daytonian and celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Carillon’s collection of buildings and exhibits will be on display as a full day of entertainment is planned. The Dayton Philharmonic will close out the festivities, playing patriotic favorites. There will be costumed interpreters and more.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27

INFO: Facebook or 937-293-2841 

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The Dayton Philharmonic will cap off a day of historical fun with patriotic music.(Contributed)

☀️Scene 75 BOGO Day

In honor of Memorial Day, Scene 75 will once again be hosting their BOGO day, with buy-one-get-one-free attractions all day long. For every attraction that you purchase, you’ll receive a pass to play the same attraction for FREE. Plus, receive a 10% military discount on any game card purchase with valid military ID. 

WHERE:  6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday, May 28

INFO: or 937-619-3200

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A military ID means a free go-kart ride and game card discounts at Scene75 Entertainment Center.

☀️Rocky’s Run for Freedom 5K 

Honor Miamisburg resident, Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on June 3, 2011 by participating in this 5K run. All proceeds will benefit the City of Miamisburg for a Veterans Memorial Park project, Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at WPAFB and The Uriah Edward Zanowick Trust Fund.

WHERE: Library Park, 35 S. Fifth St., Miamisburg 

WHEN: 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26

INFO: For registration and more details, visit their Facebook or

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☀️Victory Dance and Dinner 

Visit The Legion‘s website for purchasing tickets in advanced. Drop on by The American Legion Post 165 for dinner and dancing. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to jam with the Tom Benner Band. 

WHERE: The American Legion Post 165, 35 N. Main St, Miamisburg 

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26


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Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Versailles Poultry Days Festival has become at West Central Ohio holiday since its beginnings in 1952.
Poultry Days Facebook page
The Versailles Poultry Days Festival has become at West Central Ohio holiday since its beginnings in 1952.(Poultry Days Facebook page)

Winner winner, chicken — winner!

It’s almost time for one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival — almost a “local holiday” in West Central Ohio since its beginnings in 1952 — will take place June 8-10. This year, the poultry party reaches a monumental milestone. 

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Celebrate chicken with a little chicken, beer and traditional festival fun in Versailles.(Dayton Daily News)

Festival organizers expect to sell about 25,000 of its world famous barbecue chicken dinners at the festival this year. Most years, these dinners sell out. In fact, they expect to hit the 1 million mark this year. The buyer of the 1,000,000 ticket will be glad they came. 

Delicious chicken in all varieties is part of the fun at Versailles Poultry Days. (Contributed photo)

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“The purchaser of this very special dinner will receive gifts including a voucher toward a trip to Las Vegas sponsored by Zechar Bailey and a one-year supply of delicious Mike-Sells potato chips,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “The purchaser of the One Millionth Dinner will be determined by the Poultry Days Chairmen during the festival weekend.”

The festival theme this year is appropriately “Poultry Going Platinum.”

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Dinners will be sold from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Event coordinators recommend coming early since “chicken can sell out earlier than expected.” 

Other top events include the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, music, food, beer, rides and more.


WHAT: Versailles Poultry Days

WHEN: Friday- Sunday, June 8th, 9th, and 10th

WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles 


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