Eat your way through these fairs, festivals and events

Columbus and Cincinnati may throw huge food celebration on the streets, but Dayton can definitely hold its own. Here’s a list of several upcoming festivals, events and country fairs that promise to offer some casual dining opportunities worthy of consideration. This list is by no means comprehensive, but are some of my favorites that I have been to over the years.

Happy eating!

JULY

July 2-3: Hidden Valley Fruit Farm Berry Blast (www.hiddenvalleyfruitfarm.com/festivals.html)

July 4: Americana Festival, Centerville (http://americanafestival.org)

July 4: An Old Fashioned 4th of July, Hamilton (www.hamilton-city.org)

July 6: A Taste of Miamisburg (http://exploremiamisburg.com/taste-of-miamisburg)

July 8-9: The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon & Skydiving Festival, Middletown (www.ohiochallenge.com)

July 9: Waynesville Second Saturday Street Festival (http://waynesvilleshops.com/place/second-saturday-street-faire)

July 9: Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest (https://dineoutdayton.com)

July 9-16: Clinton County Fair (http://clintoncountyfair.org)

July 11-16: Logan County Fair (http://logancountyfair.org)

July 15-16: Butler County Ribfest (www.rockinribfestusa.com)

July 16: Swamp Romp (www.fraze.com/swamp-romp-2016)

July 17: Dayton Blues Festival, downtown Dayton (www.downtowndayton.org)

July 18-23: Warren County Fair (www.warrencountyfairohio.org)

July 22-29: Clark County Fair (http://clarkcoag.com)

July 23: Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival, Miamisburg (www.rockngreentomato.com)

July 24-30: Butler County Fair (www.butlercountyohfair.org/index.html)

July 24-30: Shelby County Fair (www.shelbycountyfair.com)

July 29-31: Annie Oakley Festival, Greenville (www.annieoakleyfestival.org/events.htm)

July 29-31: Dayton Celtic Festival (www.daytoncelticfestival.com)

July 29-30: Miami Valley Music Fest (www.miamivalleymusicfest.com)

July 30-31: Gathering at Garst, Greenville (www.gatheringatgarst.com)

July 31-August 6: Greene County Fair (www.greenecountyfairgrounds.com)

AUGUST

August 5-6: Canoegrass, Tipp City (http://canoegrass.com)

Aug. 5-12: Champaign County Fair (http://champaigncountyfair.com)

August 6: Baby Boomer Festival, Dayton (http://thebabyboomerfestival.com)

August 6: Fairborn Jazz Festival (http://ci.fairborn.oh.us/Residents/ParksandRecreation/FestivalsandParades.aspx)

August 6: Lebanon Blues Festival (http://lebanonbluesfestival.org)

August 6 & 7: Hidden Valley Fruit Farm Peach Daze, Lebanon (http://www.hiddenvalleyfruitfarm.com/festivals.html)

Aug. 12-18: Miami County Fair (www.miamicountyohiofair.com)

Aug. 13: Art on the Lawn, Yellow Springs (http://villageartisans.blogspot.com)

Aug. 13: Waynesville Second Saturday Street Festival (http://waynesvilleshops.com/place/second-saturday-street-faire)

Aug.14: Art on the Commons, Kettering (www.playkettering.org/aotc)

Aug. 12-14: Germanfest Picnic, Dayton (www.daytongermanclub.org)

Aug. 12-18: Miami County Fair (www.miamicountyohiofair.com)

Aug. 19-27: Darke County Fair (http://darkecountyfair.com)

Aug. 20: Festival of the Vine (www.fraze.com)

Aug. 20: Festival of Nations, Troy (www.troyfestivalofnations.com)

Aug. 20: Hispanic Heritage Festival, Dayton (www.pacodayton.org/index.php/hispanic-heritage-festival)

Aug. 20-21: Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival (http://ci.fairborn.oh.us/Residents/ParksandRecreation/FestivalsandParades.aspx)

Aug.21: Bacon Fest, Kettering (www.fraze.com/bacon-fest-2016/)

Aug.26-27: Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival (www.villageofclifton.com/festival-information)

Aug.26-28: The Lebanese Festival, Dayton (

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Aug.27: AleFest Dayton (http://alefest.com)

Aug.27: Dayton African American Cultural Festival (www.daacf.com)

Aug. 27-28: Hidden Valley Fruit Farms The Grape Escape (www.hiddenvalleyfruitfarm.com/festivals.html)

Aug. 31-Sept. 5: The Montgomery County Fair (www.montcofair.com)

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