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PHOTOS: Did we spot you at Versailles Poultry Days?

This weekend, chicken was the star of the show at the annual Versailles Poultry Days festival in Darke County. The festival took place June 8-10, 2018. Did we spot you there? (Photos by Tom Gilliam/contributing photographer)

PHOTOS: Art Ball 2018, Dayton’s red carpet night

Here’s who we spotted dressed to the nines and having a ball in one of the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raisers and one of Dayton’s swankiest nights of the year. Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 2018 took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Photos by E.L. Hubbard, contributing photographer)

PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Yellow Springs Street Fair?

Here’s who we spotted enjoying music, crafts, food and entertainment and shopping at the Yellow Springs Street Fair on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Tom Gilliam, contributing photographer)

JUST ANNOUNCED: Daughtry headed to town for summer concert

Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling band Daughtry has announced more U.S. tour dates, including a Dayton-area stop.

Daughtry is headed to Huber Heights’ Rose Music Center on Wednesday, Aug. 15th.

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Tickets for the Huber Heights show will go on sale to the public beginning 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, at, and the Rose Music Center Box Office. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

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For special fan club pre-sales and ticket information, visit For the newly announced dates in the U.S., every pair of tickets purchased online will include one physical CD copy of Cage To Rattle. Customers will receive an email from Ticketmaster with instructions on how to redeem their album. 

*Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. All events rain or shine. 


Daughtry released their new single “Deep End” this week. The anthemic first single will be featured on the band’s forthcoming 5th studio album Cage To Rattle, which is set for release on July 27 via 19 Recordings/RCA Records and is available for pre-order now.

Daughtry have released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits and garnered 4 GRAMMY nominations. Additionally, the band has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. At radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the mulit-format hit No. 1 song “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry's self-titled album was the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history, and its follow up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. The band’s third album, Break The Spell, was certified GOLD within four weeks of its release, and their last studio effort, Baptized, produced the certified GOLD single, “Waiting For Superman.”

Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.”

>> See ‘American Idol’ finalists and a past winner together in Dayton this summer

WORTH THE DRIVE: Huge Columbus weekend festival blends music, art, food, beer and fun on the river

The Columbus Arts Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. today and runs through Sunday along the Scioto Mile.

You’ll find booths featuring artists from all over and local acts performing throughout the Scioto Mile.

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With more than 270 exhibiting artists at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power, there is certainly plenty to see June 8-10 on the riverfront, but there is also plenty to do. The Festival offers interactive opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, explore and learn. 

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More than 450,000 people are expected to attend this weekend.

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Here are a few things to know before you go straight from event organizers:


National Headlining Acts to Play Friday and Saturday NightsThe ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage will host national headlining acts during the festival. On Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m., Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will delight audiences with their reimagining of contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in vintage musical styles. Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m., the alternative hip-hop stylings of G. Love & Special Sauce will bring new music and 90s favorites to the Festival.

Genoa Park Music Stage 

The new Genoa Park Stage on the west bank of the Scioto River takes advantage of the stepped amphitheater with beautiful views of the Columbus skyline. Presented by Huntington, the stage will offer more than 20 performances throughout the three days of the Festival, and is situated close to food and beverage vendors.

Local Craft Beers

A Craft Beer Garden will be presented by Blue Moon and feature local craft brews from BrewDog, Columbus Brewing Company, Four String Brewing Company and Seventh Son Brewing. Find the Beer Garden on Washington Blvd. between Town and Rich streets.

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Wex at the Fest 

The Wexner Center for the Arts will kick off their summer programming with a celebration of homegrown musical talent starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage. This outdoor show starts with Future Nuns, followed by Hugs and Kisses, minimalist percussion ensemble Tigue (Ohio State alumni Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) and finishes with drummer/musicologist Mark Lomax II with tenor saxophonist Eddie Bayard and DJ Krate Digga.

Hands-On Activities Village 

The Hands-On Activities Village has even more going on this year with a move to the new eight-acre Scioto Peninsula Park on the west side of COSI.

Staffed by volunteers from 20 local organizations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, activities range from building musical instruments, designing bridges, creating glass paintings, painting mini flower pots and more.

Almost all activities are free and open to kids and adults. With representatives on hand from organizations like Art Garden Studios, Musicologie, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and Glass Axis, there are activities to fit a wide range of interests and ages. 


Big Local Art Tent 

Located on Washington Boulevard in front of COSI, the Big Local Art Tent is where creative groups from all over the city come together to build a place for people to experience and purchase local art. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the Big Local Art Tent will showcase art in all mediums from independent artists.

More than 60 artists from collectives across the city will sell their art while friendly and talented demonstrators will show you clay throwing, leather working, stained glass, blacksmithing and more.


Children’s Gallery 

Kids play art collector in the Children’s Gallery with support from Puffin Foundation West. On Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. children ages 12 and younger are invited to experience the unique kid-sized gallery —located near the Hands-On Activities Village — with artwork donated by exhibiting artists. Each piece is priced at $5 and under. 


Meet the Art Shark 

Always on the move, the beloved mascot of the Columbus Arts Festival will appear on both sides of the river. Festival goers can say hello and take a selfie with Arthur S. Hark, who can be found swimming around the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village by COSI (Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or at the Bicentennial Park fountain (Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, 3-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.). 


Get Framed at the Arts Fest 

Festival guests can place themselves in the giant selfie frame presented by Reed Arts, just north of the intersection of the Rich Street bridge and Washington Boulevard, for a perfectly framed photo with the city’s beautiful skyline as a backdrop. 



The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)’s Riverfest returns to the festival with a free canoe and kayak launch point on the festival grounds behind the Bicentennial Park stage, next to the Main Street Bridge. Riverfest will take place Saturday, June 9 from noon – 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from noon–4 p.m. Some walk-up appointments will be available; advance reservations can be made at



A New App

Locate a favorite artist, discover hands-on activities, check performance schedules and navigate to amenities using the festival’s new downloadable app.

Powered by Guidebook, the app will feature an interactive map, complete schedules, a full directory of artists and more. The app is available to download for free for any smartphone or tablet. New information will be added to the app as it becomes available.  


Parking is available on surface lots both east and west of the river, at metered spaces on surrounding city streets and in garages throughout the downtown area, including the Columbus Commons garage, River South at Front and Rich and the LeVeque Tower Garage at Broad and Front.

Guests can even reserve parking spots at: 


Limited wheelchair-accessible parking is available to those with disabled parking placards at bagged meters on the north side of Mound Street west of South Second Street, and on the east side of Civic Center between Town and Broad streets. 

For a list of street closures, please click here.


What: The Columbus Arts Festival  

Where: The Scioto Mile, downtown Columbus 

When: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 8; 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10 

Admission: free

More info: 614-221-8531, 

Photos: CMA Music Festival 2018

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Kettering Block Party to feature a bike tour of sculptures — and free ice cream

Teaching children to appreciate public art while having fun will be part of this year’s annual Kettering Block Party. 

Bike the Arts, a Kettering Arts Council initiative formed in 2013, will host a Walk/Bike the Arts tour of sculptures throughout Lincoln Park Civic Commons Monday during the annual community celebration. 

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In past years, Bike the Arts has hosted longer bike rides through the community but intentionally made the route shorter this year so adults and children could participate together, said Shayna V. McConville, City of Kettering cultural arts manager. 

“The great thing about the location is we have a ton of public art there, so it seemed like a really good fit.” The route, less than a mile, will begin near the Fraze Pavilion. 

Bicyclists and walkers of all ages can navigate to five sculptures in the park and learn about the artwork and  artists from Kettering Arts Council volunteers. 

Among the installations on the tour are the wistful “Old Man and His Dog,” a bronze sculpture by Glenna Goodacre, and the soaring aluminum “Song and Dance,” by artist Barry Gunderson, the first public sculpture installed in Lincoln Park Civic Commons. 

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“These are really important works to Kettering and are part of our legacy,” said McConville. “These are pieces that we’ve invested in that demonstrate our commitment to a healthy vibrant community.” 

Participants can pick up a passport and map at the start located on Lincoln Park Boulevard East near the Fraze. The passports will be stamped along the journey through the outdoor artistry. Free swag will be available at the Kettering Arts Council booth at the finish. 

During the block party the City of Kettering will provide free bicycle helmet fittings for children ages 5 to 16. 

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“I hope that kids will see public arts a little differently, perhaps with more information or more thoughtfulness,” said McConville. “And that they recognize the value of our public spaces. Our parks are glorious and these artworks really enhance each public space.” 


What: The Kettering Block Party and Bike/Walk the Arts 

The annual block party is a celebration of community. Free hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available and informational booths and displays will showcase City of Kettering departments. 

The Kettering Civic Band will perform in the Fraze amphitheater at 7 p.m. 

When: Monday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Where: Lincoln Park Civic Commons and Fraze Pavilion

More information:

Why cows (and other ingredients) need to fear Dayton Burger Week 

We have some sad news for cows. 

As we told you last week, Dayton Burger Week is coming Aug. 6 to 12. It is expected to be beefier than any of us expected. 

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Burger Week organizer Tony Frank said one single man in Cincinnati downed 52 burgers during that city’s burger week last year. 

Yes, 1 DUDE TOOK DOWN 52 BURGERS in a week. 

“It was a week of gluttony,” Frank said of the seven-day festival, a partnership between Cincinnati CityBeat, a Euclid Media Group newspaper, and The Ohio Beef Council.

Eating 52 burgers is not necessarily advisable and far from the norm, but Frank said people really get into trying gourmet burgers created by local chefs. 

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“Restaurants go through thousands and thousands of pounds of beef during these weeks,” he said. “Burgers are very popular right now and a lot of people take pride in the creation of burgers.”


Slated this year July 16 to 22, Cincinnati Burger Week launched in 2015. 

More than 50,000 burgers were sold during the last burger week in Cincinnati. 

Everything from shrimp to peanut butter has been used to create burgers for Cincinnati’s burger week. 

MORE INFO: Website

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Frank expects about 25 Dayton-area restaurants to participate including Mudlick Tap HouseBrixx Ice Co.The Pub – Beavercreek and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Participating restaurants will sell gourmet burgers for $5 each.

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Diners will be given Dayton Burger Week passports to get stamped at participating restaurants. 

Those with at least three stamps will be eligible for a grand prize drawing that includes gifts cards and an ultimate grill out. 

Frank said he plans to partner with a charity for the week to raise awareness. 

“Keep in mind there are people who are not getting the nutrition to get them through the day,” he said. 

Euclid Media Group will also hold new burger weeks this year in Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit.   

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Frank said the week helps restaurants and Ohio farmers and often introduces customers to new eateries. 

“They end up coming back,” he said. “Restaurants get new customers.” 


What: Dayton Burger Week

When: Aug. 6-12

Where: Various locations

How much: Burgers will cost $5 each. Extras items like French fries will be sold at an additional cost. 

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PHOTOS: 12 wild and wonderful sights from the Yellow Springs Street Fair

Expect the unexpected at the Yellow Springs Street Fair. The twice annual festival happening Saturday, June 9, in Yellow Springs will include shopping, live music, roving entertainment, beer and more.

Tacos will descend on Dayton in this epic food truck rally

Picture this: your favorite Dayton-area food trucks coming together for a rally. But not  just any rally. All the trucks are serving TACOS.

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Well, you’re not dreaming. This Friday, Yellow Cab will host the third annual Taco Truck Takeover presented by Smokinbeebeeq, where all the trucks will serve up their best version of everyone’s favorite portable shelled food, tacos. ¡Oh si! 

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According to the event Facebook page, every variety and style of taco will be available from traditional to modern to downright experimental. 

At 7 p.m., a “best bite” contest where the trucks will hand over one of their best-crafted tacos for judging. The winner will be announced later in the evening.

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The trucks participating in the takeover include: The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, The Painted Pepper, The Drunken Waffle, Greek Street Food Truck and Smokinbeebeeq.

There will also be live music, craft beers and dessert trucks on site.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Taco Truck Takeover

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, June 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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