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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

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Arcade Legacy is heading to Newport Melissa Reinert mreinert@enquirer.com

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Misty Ridge Farm is on the Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour on July 15. Misty Ridge Farm owner Anna Zinkhonleads the way for Eric Bates on a riding lesson.

Campbell County tour to show impact of farming Melissa Reinert mreinert@enquirer.com

See Campbell County as you never have before on a self-guided driving tour of agricultural operations. The ninth annual Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine July 15. Guests may explore vineyards, equestrian centers, beef cattle operations, horticultural operations, and see antique farm equipment, according to Campbell County Conservation District Coordinator Amy Winkler, “They will also get a glimpse of the importance of preserving farmland,” she said. “Farmers will be available to share their stories and experiences as well as answer any questions. Many of the stops will have items such as produce, wine, crafts, and other farm products for sale, so don’t forget to bring a cooler and cash.” The Farm Tour was started in 2009 by the Farmland Work

Group to underscore the importance of agriculture to the community, both economically and socially. “These are opportunities to educate the nonagricultural public and county leaders and planners that agriculture is part of the county’s economic engine and culture,” Winkler said. “Campbell County has many things to offer and one of those is the agricultural community. These farms aren’t as large as the ones you will find south of us, they still bring a great economic value to the county and we should support them in any way we can.” This year’s participants include Campbell County Detention Center Community Garden, Misty Ridge Farm, Neltner’s Farm, Camp Springs Vineyard and Winery, StoneBrook Winery, Little Rock Farm, Flagg Spring Ranch, Seiter Farms, Seven Wells Vineyard and Winery, Campbell County Log Cabin History and Farm Heritage

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Museum, Casson and Ahrman Farm, Pleasant Ridge Hamlets and Awesome Place Farm. Sharyn Jones and William Landon, owners of Pleasant Ridge Hamlets, are excited about their first year participating in the tour. “Even though we both grew up either on farms or working on them, we have never owned our own farm, but we do now. We have been working our own land and raising Heritage Hogs for two years now,” Landon said. “We are so looking forward to opening up our farm to visitors from across the Tristate.” Landon said the Farm Tour is important because it introduces the community to local family-owned farms, farmers and their way of life. “The tour is entertaining as it is educational,” he said. “For example, children and young people are able to see where food, whether it be pork, beef, poultry, eggs, produce, and even wine, comes from.”

There was no place Jesse Baker would rather be after school or on the weekend than the arcade. “I loved going to the arcade,” the 38-year-old owner of Arcade Legacy said. Arcade Legacy, with locations at Cincinnati Mills Mall and Northside and soon Newport, is a haven for every generation of gamers. Back in the day, at 25 cents a game, Baker and his friends spent hours bonding while fighting a variety of digital monsters. “Smash TV was my favorite,” he said. “You were on a game show and have to fight monsters and robots for your life and to earn a life supply of meat. It sounds crazy, but it was pretty fun.” By the late ‘80s and early ‘90s that classic, affordable, arcade experience became nostalgia. At-home gaming systems like the Nintendo and PlayStation helped close the doors of the popular community hangouts. In 2005, Baker and a friend had an idea that would allow others to live out this favorite pastime again. “It wasn’t a sound business decision, just a passion and love for video games,” Baker said. By 2009, he and his friend had collected enough arcade and video games to open Arcade Legacy in Fairfield. It was a rough go, according to Baker. Business was slow and his partner opted to exit the scene. Baker stuck through. Over time and “finally finding the right location” the business began to grow. Gamers of all generations were showing up. Arcade Legacy opened a second location in Northside that offers gaming, food and alcohol. Baker’s first Northern Kentucky location will open in the Newport Shop-

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ping Center this fall. The 5,200-square-foot location will feature 50 arcade games, five pinball machines, several console stations from Atari to WiiU and a media store. The space, 1765 Monmouth St., was last occupied by Dots, a clothing store. Jamie Niembzura, real estate manager for American Diversified Development which owns the shopping center, said they are looking forward to the new addition. “We’re excited about the new opportunity and the mix of customers it will bring to our current tenants,” she said. Baker said he’s excited to bring back a “great and affordable experience.” To play at Arcade Legacy, an hourly pass is $5; a day pass is $10 for those 12 and older; $6 for those 11 and younger; and $20 per family on Fridays. The best thing about having a new location in Northern Kentucky, Baker said, is allowing even more people to play.

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