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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. 

>> RELATED: Can you eat your way through Dayton’s ‘Burger Bermuda Triangle’?

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. 

>> New York’s famous Shake Shack burger restaurant coming to cities near us 

“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

>> This burger joint truly lives up to its name


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.

>>  Why Mudlick gave away free Bonnaroo tickets for burger week 

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.   

>> The ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

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.

>> It’s taco vs. taco as two of Dayton’s Latin American cuisine giants battle it out

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! 

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events in June

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.

>> 5 reasons not to miss the banana split festival

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.

>> Here are some of Dayton’s BEST hidden gem Mexican eateries

>> Centerville’s food truck season kicks off this Thursday

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

Crazy cash prizes, local craft beer and homemade cabbage rolls? This is not your average church festival

This is not your average church festival.

The St. Helen Spring Festival in Riverside is now is its 65th year. That’s pretty remarkable considering how some longstanding Catholic church festivals have come to an end in recent years — Immaculate Conception ended 59 years of festivals in 2014, with Ascension’s also came to an end after more than 30 years in 2015.

This year’s event, running June 8-10, has some of the familiar attractions that bring generations of people back year after year. But there are also a few things that make it pretty special.

If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, here are some great reasons to break that streak this year:

>>GUIDE: The 10 festivals we just cannot wait for



Now it’s true lots of festivals have beer, and thank goodness for that. However, not all have craft beer. This year St. Helen’s Festival will have 12 craft beer taps featuring beers from Warped Wing Brewing Company, Hairless Hare Brewery and Xenia’s newest brewery, Devil Wind.

>>PHOTOS: Inside the Dayton-area’s newest local brewery

They’ll also be serving up favorites like Miller Lite, Summer Shandy, Strongbow and many more. No matter your drink preference, you should be able to find an adult beverage to keep you cool all weekend long. 

>>Warped Wing’s John Haggerty, our Daytonian of the Week, celebrates 25 years of brewing this weekend


Let’s face it: this is the real reason most of us hit festivals, and St. Helen’s is notorious for its delicious food at reasonable prices. 

The kitchen offers several delicious options, but the cabbage rolls are the stars of the show.

>>GUIDE: Classic Dayton restaurants you have to try and love

“We’re known for our cabbage rolls. We’ve always had them,” Marketing and Publicity Co-Chair Colleen Kirby said. “We make our cabbage rolls in-house every year from scratch. They are amazing.”

Holy Smokes BBQ returns to the event for its third year as well.  Meanwhile, the bake sale inside the school features pastries of virtually every variety.

>>16 incredible BBQ spots you HAVE to try 


One of the festival’s biggest attractions has been the various booths where you can wager to donate or win small amounts of money. But the St. Helen raffles are no joke. $100 winners will be announced every hour throughout the weekend and winners need not be present to win. What’s more, there will be a $1,000 winner announced for Friday and Saturday each, with a $10,000 winner named Sunday evening. Not a bad incentive to get out of the house for a few hours.

Gambling for money is almost as old as time. But what about gambling for cake

>>You can win up to $10,000 at this year’s Submarine House Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge

“We have a cake booth. You buy a ticket, you put your number down and spin the wheel. If it lands on your number, you get to pick out a cake,” Kirby explained.

Another St. Helen tradition is the basket raffles where prize packages worth a minimum of $200 are up for grabs. Some of the baskets include things like a Nintendo Switch, American Girl merchandise, Vera Bradley bags, a Gatlinburg package, a Yeti cooler, an Apple Watch and more.

>> Enjoy food, music, fun and more at Jewish Cultural Festival



St. Helen Spring Festival organizers have always worked to provide a multitude of musicians to please the crowds over the years. This year, there are going to be TWO stages going all day. 

Here are the schedules: 

Carroll Patriots Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Boss Hawg

9:00 p.m. - Five Story Plunge

Saturday June 9th:

1:30 p.m. - Southbound

4:00 p.m. - Mad Hatter

6:30 p.m. - The Scotty Bratcher Band

9:00 p.m. - Spungewurthy

Sunday June 10th:

12:30 p.m. - The Hathaways

3:30 p.m. - Hey There Morgan

6:00 p.m. - Ithika

Tuty's Bar & Grill Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Five

9:30 p.m. - The Doug Hart Band

Saturday June 9th:

1:00 p.m. - Amateur City

2:30 p.m. - Kevin Obergefell

4:00 p.m. - Kellen Williams Trio

6:00 p.m. - Last Call

9:30 p.m. - The Eric Jerardi Band

Sunday June 10th:

12:00 p.m. - Todd the Fox

2:00 p.m. - The Wallens

4:30 p.m. - Ira Stanley & Blues Power

6:30 p.m. - Flat Out


Despite the various booze and gambling options, organizers maintain this festival is not just for adults. Aside from almost a dozen rides, St. Helen will have a section with activities just for kids such as face painting. “I think sometimes, because of the beer and the bands, people think that it’s more of an adult affair. I think once it starts to get dark, it turns into more of an adult thing, but during the day it’s all about the kids,” said Westerfield

>> 50 things to do in Dayton this summer


Free parking is available on the hill behind St. Helen School. You can get to the parking lot from the Granville Place entrance.  There will be handicapped parking available as well as a shuttle service, which is new this year. 

If you want to catch the shuttle, park in the additional off-site parking at Carroll High School. 

Shuttle Schedule:

Friday June 8th - 7 p.m. to 12;30 a.m.

Saturday June 9th - 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday June 10th - 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



WHAT: 65th Annual St. Helen Spring Festival

WHERE: 5086 Burkhardt Road, Riverside

WHEN: Friday, June 8 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, June 9 from 1 p.m.-midnight; and Sunday, June 10 from noon to 9 p.m.  

COST: Free admission

CMT Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform?

The 2018 CMT Music Awards is set for Wednesday, live from Nashville.

>>NEW: Photos from the 2018 CMT Music Awards red carpet

Leading the list of nominees is Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, with four nominations each.

Underwood holds the record for most CMT Music Award wins, with 17 trophies. 

Celebrity presenters include the Backstreet Boys, Hoda Kotb, Joel McHale, Johnny Knoxville, Kaitlin Doubleday, Katie Cook, Lindsey Vonn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.

The CMT Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show.

Here is how to watch the 2018 CMT Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Wednesday. 

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What time: The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST

Where is the ceremony: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

What channel: CMT is broadcasting the show

Livestream: Click here for the CMT livestream

Who is hosting: Little Big Town, opening with the live world premiere of its new single “Summer Fever.”

Who is performing:  Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Wednesday:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Sam Hunt

Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 CMT Awards:


  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy”
  • Jon Pardi “Heartache On The Dance Floor”
  • Luke Bryan, “Light It Up”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”


  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Kelsea Ballerini, “Legends”
  • Lauren Alaina, “Doin’ Fine”
  • Maren Morris, “I Could Use a Love Song”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man” (from 2017 ACM Awards)


  • Big & Rich, “California”
  • Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
  • Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”
  • High Valley, “She’s With Me”
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Speak To A Girl”


  • Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You”
  • Midland, “Make A Little”
  • Old Dominion, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It”
  • Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”


  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Danielle Bradbery, “Sway”
  • Devin Dawson, “All On Me”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Russell Dickerson, “Yours”
  • Walker Hayes, “You Broke Up With Me”


  • Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner”
  • Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton, “Say Something”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”


  • Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack And Danielle Bradbery, “Stand Up For Something” (from 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Backstreet Boys And Florida Georgia Line, “Everybody” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks, “Midnight Rider” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)
  • Earth Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, “September” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, “I Won't Back Down” (From 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)


  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”
  • Brett Young, “Mercy”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours”

The Happy Together Tour 2018 is coming to The Fraze

Want to see this tour devoted to the music of the 1960’s? Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Date: Thursday, August 9th
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fraze Pavilion
  • Ticket Prices: $39.75 - $49.75 (Ticket Prices increase $5 on the day of the show)
  • Get Tickets
  • Map of The Fraze Pavilion

Roger Daltrey is coming to The Fraze

Want to see this one of a kind concert? Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Date: Monday, July 2nd
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Fraze Pavilion
  • Ticket Prices: $60 - $110 (All ticket prices increase $5 day of the show)
  • Get Tickets
  • Map of Fraze Pavilion

WORTH THE DRIVE: A few reasons to ‘MMMbop’ your way to the Indiana State Fair

This August, approximately two hours west in Indianapolis, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the Indiana State Fair. 

>> This classic restaurant to celebrate 40 years with epic parties

The 17-day extravaganza celebrates Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. The fair has been a staple to Hoosiers’ end of summer fun since its debut in 1852. In addition to classic fair fun, there are plenty of concerts.

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food trucks in June

Today, the first 6 of 17 total concerts were announced that will headline the entertainment at the fair. The concerts are free with paid admission to the fair.

>> 5 reasons you can’t miss the banana split festival 

Whether you’re into old time rock n’ roll, soulful gospel or pop beats, there is a genre and group that’ll strike harmony with  your taste. The concerts are free with paid fair admission. 

>> Centerville’s food truck season kicks off this Thursday

The first round of announced acts include:

• Rick Springfield – Friday, Aug. 3 

• HANSON – Friday, Aug. 10 

• for King & Country – Sunday, Aug. 12 

• Grand Funk Railroad – Wednesday, Aug. 15 

• An Evening with Hunter Hayes – Thursday, Aug. 16 

• Kirk Franklin – Sunday, Aug. 19

>> Ohio State Fair concert lineup

>> Get your cheese here! Young’s Dairy hosts week of cheese sales to celebrate anniversary

Online ticket sales are available now, presented by WGU Indiana, at a discounted rate of $8 plus convenience fee on the Indiana State Fair website. Tickets purchased at the gate are $13. Additional promotions will be run throughout the summer on the fair’s website

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For the first time the Indiana State Fair, is bringing fairgoers a circus featuring acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists and more. The new Big Top Circus presented by Bee Window is FREE with paid State Fair admission. The Big Top Circus will perform three shows daily, with seating limited to the first 1,600 people per show. This unique, family-friendly experience will be presented in a single-ring and will not include any exotic animals.

The circus will feature Bello Nock, the “World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” and has been featured in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for a high wire walk over a cruise ship. He has performed several stunts in New York City, including rappelling off Madison Square Garden and hanging from a helicopter over the Statue of  Liberty. Bello performs without traditional clown makeup. He has been included on Time Magazine’s list of America’s Best  Artists and Entertainers.

Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Indiana State Fair

WHERE: 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN

WHEN: Aug. 3-17

COST: Fair admission $8 advance, $13 at the gate

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

BREAKING NEWS: Luke Bryan concert planned for area farm dropped 

The  Luke Bryan concert that had been planned for a farm in our neck of the woods is being moved. 

Shannon Boerger of  Springfork Farms in Irwin , a community near Springfield and Urbana, confirmed that the Sept. 27 stop of Bryan’s farm tour will not happen at her family’s farm after all. 

>> EARLIER REPORT:  Luke Bryan to play concert at area farm  

The website for the tour now indicates that an Ohio concert is still planned for Sept. 27, but now at a location still to be announced in the Columbus area. It says more information will be available soon.

A message has been sent to tour organizers seeking comment.

>> Live music events in and around Dayton in 2018


The tour includes five other farms as well: 

🤠 Sept 28 at Atkins Farm in Pesotum, Ill.

🤠 Sept. 29 at Ziel Farm in Boone, Iowa

🤠 Oct. 4 at Whitehurst Cattle Company in Archer, Fla. 

🤠 Oct. 5 at Misty Morning Farms in North Augusta, S.C.

🤠 Oct. 6 at Doug Yates Farms in Ringgold, Ga.

>> RELATED:  Luke Bryan’s Cincy concert tickets are on sale. Here’s how to get yours

Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 6 at

Tickets will be $51 in advance and $60 at the gate if still available. Parking will be $5 in advance and $20 day of. Once the show sells out, no tickets will be sold at the gate. Parking will begin at 2 p.m., and doors will open at 5 p.m. with the show beginning at 6 p.m.

   Bryan — a judge on “American Idol” — awards college scholarships to students from farming families attending local colleges or universities near the tour stops.  

More than 50 scholarships have been given out. 

Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year. 

He was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. 

His hits include “Country Girl;” “Do I;” “Most people are good;” Drink Beer; “Drunk on you;” “Strip it down” and “Huntin, Fishin & Lovin’.”

Classic restaurant celebrating 40 years with epic parking lot parties  

It is not every day that a Dayton classic turns the big 4-0. 

It is a good thing the Castro family at El Meson knows how to throw a party that rises to the occasion. 

>> The best soups in Dayton (including El Meson!)

The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.   

The parking lot parties set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 20-21 will feature live music and dancing under tents and street grub from El Meson’s fleet of food trucks. 

Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you celebrating Cinco De Mayo at El Meson?

VIP admission includes admission to a less crowded area, servers and a better view of the yet-to-be announced lineup of bands. 

A customer appreciation happy hour is set for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. both days in the restaurant’s “party lot,” according to the Eventbrite information.

>> Best margaritas in Dayton

It includes free entry and $5 margaritas. 

Herman and Gloria Castro opened the restaurant to the public July 15, 1978, as the Pizza Queen. 

The restaurant morphed into El Meson and now specializes in dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

>> RELATED: The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

The business is now owned and operated by their children and sons and daughters-in-law — Bill, Marie, Scott and Chef Mark Abbott.>> RELATED:  39 things to know and love about El Meson


What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

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