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JUST IN: New Dayton Burger Week coming, and one restaurant is giving away free Bonnaroo tickets to celebrate

Prepare yourself for a week of juicy burgers served for a mint as part of a brand new food festival. 

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Dayton Burger Week, a partnership between Cincinnati CityBeat and The Ohio Beef Council, is set for Aug. 6 to 12.

Participating restaurants will sell gourmet burgers for $5 each. 

Mudlick Tap House  is among the restaurants that have signed on to participate. 

Jennifer Dean, the co-owner of the eatery at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, plans to offer three burgers: its signature Black Hawk Farms wagyu beef burger,  its white bean tabbouleh burger and one created by the winner of a social media contest that also comes with a pair of tickets to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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BONNAROO TICKETS: Dean said the person who posts the “best burger tribute” to an act performing in the festival — set for June 7-10 in Manchester, Tenn. — in the comments of Facebook and Instagram posts about the contests will win.

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They will receive the tickets, two Bonnaroo fanny packs and their burger on the burger week menu. 

“We thought it would be fun,” Dean said of the contest that closes at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3.  

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Here is the description from the Facebook page: 

From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and even beer pairings, this is a week dedicated to America’s sweetheart, the Hamburger! Each restaurateur and Chef will prepare their unique take on the burger. Dine-In, Take-Out, & Delivery options available, depending on location. 

The idea is to get people to embrace the food, culture and Dayton-love while getting them out to eat, drink, and try new places!  

Burger week will draw hardcore burger fanatics and people that can appreciate a good hearty meal. So fire up the grill and let burger mania take control!

Dean said the week will be similar to Cincinnati Burger Week, set for July 16-22. 

Blink-182 drops out of Bunbury days before music festival’s start

All is not lost, but we have disappointing news for those hoping to see Blink-182 along the Ohio River this weekend. 

The band has dropped its appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati set for Friday, June 1. 

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“Unforeseen circumstances” were cited as the reason in a press release and a tweet posted to the band’s page. 

Blink-182 was the headliner for the first of the three-day festival at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove on the downtown riverfront.

The Bunbury show, as well as one set for Saturday, June 2 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Canada, have been rescheduled. 

Blink-182 has signed on to headline Bunbury in 2019. 

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Single-day Bunbury tickets for Friday’s show can be refunded at the point of purchase until 10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. 

Blink-182 will perform in Windsor on Sept. 18. 

Formed in California in 1992, the skate punk band’s songs include “What’s my Age Again,”  “Wendy Clear,” “All the Small Things,”  “The Party Song” and “Up All Night.”

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Single-day tickets for Friday and Saturday are $89 and still available on Bunbury’s website. 

The Sunday show featuring a line up that includes Jack WhitePost MaloneDropkick MurphysCoheed and CambriaManchester Orchestra and Lecrae is sold out. 

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5 things you ought to know about this year’s Strawberry Queen 

Brooke Klopfenstein has been eyeing the strawberry crown since she was 5 or 6 years old. 

This year, the 18-year-old Troy High School grad’s goal became a reality. 

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The daughter of Steve and Tawnee Klopfenstein, Brooke is the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival Queen.

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She’ll be the one in the sash and crown at the Troy Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Troy downtown and Great Miami River levee.

“I think it is a great opportunity to be that type of role model for young girls in our community and even girls my age,” she told this news organization. 

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Here are a few things to know about Klopfenstein: 

1 🍓 Oh say she can sing 

She will sing the National Anthem during the festival, which is themed Strawberry Palooza. There will be a bigger emphasis on music at this year’s festival. 

2 🍓 She can tear it up on the ukulele

Brooke sang and played the ukulele during the Strawberry Queen’s Pageant in April at Troy High School. 

Unfortunately, she said it would be pretty tough to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” on the instrument. 

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3🍓 She’s going to be a Bobcat

Brooke hasn’t settled on a major, but plans to attend Ohio University in Athens. 

4🍓 She’s an athlete

Brooke was a member of Troy’s track, cross country and swim teams. 

5 🍓She is excited about this weekend’s festival. 

“I just wanted to be that ‘part’ of the community,” she said.  (I just) want to see everyone and get to see all the visitors.”

>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2017

🍰 WANT TO GO? 🍰 

What: Troy Strawberry Festival 

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3 

Where: Troy downtown and Great Miami River levee

Admission: Free. 

Online: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

The popular Lights Festival is returning to set the summer mood at the Ohio Renaissance grounds

Whenever The Lights Fest has come to town, thousands of people have flooded in to take part in the surreal event. 

On Saturday, June 2nd, The Lights Fest is returning to the Dayton-area at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville, just a 40-minute drive from Dayton. 

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The Lights Fest is a company that tours worldwide, creating enchanting memories for people across the country and around the globe. Family and friends gather to listen to LIVE music, fill-up on lots of food from the festival’s vendors and then release their lantern to join the hundreds of others floating into the night sky. 

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The mood at the festival is magical, as each person in attendance has their own meaningful reason for participating. According to Light Fest’s website, “It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.”

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Environmental impact is a sensible concern, considering hundreds of lanterns are regularly released at a single event. That’s why The Lights Fest has a clean-up crew ready and waiting in the designated landing zone. All lanterns are also biodegradable, according to Light Fest’s website.

Want to go? 

WHAT: The Lights Fest 

WHEN: 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 

COST: $55 Your ticket includes a packet to be picked up at the event. The packet contains a lantern, marker. Any child under three years old is free to the event. Children ages 4 - 12 need to purchase our kids ticket. Lanterns are not included with a child's ticket. 13 years and older will be charged an adult ticket.

INFO & TICKETS: Facebookthelightsfest.com

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