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UP CLOSE From the Editor So many Fairs & Festivals!

The lyrics to the following song fit me perfectly. I grew up in the city hosting the state fair and my summers were filled with earning money to spend at the carnival and anticipation of finally going. I couldn’t say it any better than Rosemary Clooney did with her hit song: “Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair?” Music by Billy Barnes Lyrics by Michael H. Goldsen I wanted the music to play on forever, Have I stayed too long at the fair? I wanted the clown to be constantly clever, Have I stayed too long at the fair? I bought the blue ribbons to tie up my hair,But I couldn’t find anybody to care, The merry-go-round is beginning to slow now, Have I stayed too long at the fair? The music has stopped, and the children must go now, Have I stayed too long at the fair? Oh, mother dear, I know you're very proud, Your little girl in gingham is so far above the crowd, No, daddy dear, you never could have known, That I would be successful, and so very much alone. Here in New York, I’m many worlds away, From people who are dear to me, Here in New York, I’m learning every day, How very sad a carnival can be. I wanted to live in a carnival city, With laughter and love everywhere, I wanted my friends to be thrilling and witty, I wanted somebody to care, I found it was easy to capture success, But now I’d be willing to settle for less, The lights of the midway are fading above me, Have I stayed too long at the fair? I’d better run home to the people who love me, For I’ve stayed too long at the fair.

So go and stay as long as you like! I will... Kathy Barnett, Managing Editor 4 l www.WeekenderExtended, Summer, 2015

ON THE COVER... The summer months bring us numerous fairs and festivals to attend. Which is the most popular - the carnival, entertainment, activities. or the food? Now that is a hard question. So bring it all on with choices galore throughout this issue! The cover is of a recent festival near Fort Hood, TX. Photo by Kaitlynn Bissen

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Ways to Eat, play in NOLA Kentucky - Down on the Farm Tennessee - Cntry Music Artist Florida The Panhandle Charter a Yacht North Carolina - “Longest Ride” Country Tweetsie’s Theme Park

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Josh Goodlett NASHVILLE, TN PRNewswire/ -- Country newcomer Josh Goodlett's is experiencing great success with his recent single hit "Why You Gotta Be That Way." The single was released to Country radio earlier this summer and made the Top 20 most downloaded tracks list for two weeks. The engaging video was produced and directed by Bobby E. Boyd (Loretta Lynn, Aaron Tippin) for Boyd Where Prohibited Productions. Burt Fults (2014 Grammy Awards, Blackhawk) was the cinematographer and lighting was handled by Jeremy Gonzales. Boyd chose various Tennessee locations for the two-day shoot, including Chase's Dance Hall in Hendersonville, Boyd Where Prohibited Studios in Nashville, plus the Music City Star Train Station and Two Rivers Park, both in Donelson. Josh makes his acting debut while veterans Houston Wages and Alexandria Squires ably sell their respective lead roles. "Why You Gotta Be That Way" is Goodlett's first radio release, and tells the story of a heated heart-to-heart between friends. "Seeing the beauty and the good in what we have right now is what life's all about," Josh notes. "Sometimes we need to remind those around us of that fact … and friends don't let friends act like jerks," he adds with a laugh. She loves you man, that's easy to see You oughta be there with her instead of sittin' in this bar with me I wouldn't be your friend, if I didn't call you a fool You're sittin' here running her down, man that ain't cool - Bobby E. Boyd, Brad Wolf, Philip Moore The single, on Good Entertainment LLC, is 12 l, Summer, 2015

available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Stay social with Josh via Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. ABOUT JOSH GOODLETT A native of Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana farm country, Josh grew up with "old timey" traditions - getting up before the crack of dawn for chores and singing in the church choir on Sunday mornings. It's the idea of this lifestyle's passing that inspires Josh to "keep it Country," and write hard-hitting and insightful songs. His frequent co-writer is Nashville hitmaker Bobby E. Boyd, who is responsible for chart-topping songs by Alabama, Rascal Flatts and others. Goodlett played over 100 shows in Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee last year. Josh loves to hunt, fish, dance, BBQ and spend family time at the lake.

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Nestled in the beautiful Southeastern Ohio hills, the Living Word Outdoor Drama presents “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” You’ll be transported back in time to witness the theatrical telling of the last years of Christ. Experience and Be Moved! The Living Word Outdoor Drama is based on the four Gospels. For 41 years the drama has been performed on a spectacular, 400 ft. panoramic set considered to be the most authentic re-creation of Old Jerusalem in America. Hear His words at the Sermon on the Mount, Palm Sunday, and the Last Supper. Experience His pain through the Arrest and Trial. Witness His triumphant Resurrection and Ascension! The brilliance of the night scenes will make you feel like you’re there with exquisite beauty as the sun goes down for the second half of the drama. All with dramatic costumes, sound, lights, special effects, and live animals! The Living Word founder, Reverend Frank Roughton Harvey, knew at a very early age he was drawn to the ministry. While in college at the University of Georgia, he developed a script and a set model for a play based on the Four Gospels of the New Testament. Harvey created the Living Word Passion Play as a mixture of scripture and non-Biblical script. The non-Biblical parts were written to explain the political and historical factors that had a profound effect on the events of Jesus’ life. The exact wording of the non-Biblical discourses is fictitious and the merchants are fictional characters; however, the concerns they represent are historical and factorial. Follow His Footsteps! The experience is unique and visitors may actually participate as an extra in the crowd scenes, or as a disciple.

Our Atlanta Roots At the height of the Civil Rights era, Reverend Harvey was asked to present his play, “Behold the Man,” (the original title), at the Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., and was sponsored by the Council of Churches of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Always seeing the value of his fellow man, Frank chose an African-American, Reverend William Holmes Borders of the Wheat Street Baptist Church, to portray Jesus in his drama. Utilizing an interracial and interdenominational cast and a choir from the area in what he thought and hoped would help ease the unrest in the country, his drama was presented to an audience of over 48,000 in one night. Casting Reverend Borders, who was an important mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the performance were dubbed “the miracle that saved Atlanta” by Ebony magazine and area newspapers, due to the message that transcended all racial and religious boundaries. “The event provided the tense Atlanta community with a welcome opportunity for an interracial effort. Also, on a purely psychological level, the sight of a black man depicting Christ may have provided for the integrated audience a needed insight into the nature of their religion—its universality, its ultimate humanity.” – Miracle in Atlanta-A Black Christ Ebony magazine, December, 1968. Vol.24 No. 2pp.33-40

He Provides and So Do We! Prior to each performance a guided set tour is offered (included in the price of admission). A special “Behind the Scenes Tour” is available with cast members (donations for tour welcome). A concession and gift shop offer a nice selection of items at reasonable prices. The rain shelter area is equipped with sound, picnic tables and benches and offers a great view for those who want to see the drama from a distance. The facility is handicap accessible. Parking is free.

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Contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau for a complete listing of events, updates and other points of interest.


Things to Do:

HOCKING HILLS – When was the last time you got the whole gang together for a road trip? Ever since John Belushi shouted those famous words in “Animal House” the very idea congers up images of escape and adventure. Located within a day’s drive of more than sixty percent of the U.S. population, the Hocking Hills region in OHio is internationally recognized as the best “Under-theRadar” destination in all of North America for nature lovers, filled with cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls. The region is best known for world-class hiking and cozy cabins. The Hocking Hills is also the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest with more than fifty ziplines. Get a bird’s eye view from the tree canopy. Fly like Buck Rogers with Jet Pack Water Adventures. Anglers are in for an experience with Ohio Belly Boat Fishing. Whether your bucket list wish is to say so-long to your schedule, disconnect from all the electronic gadgets or an adrenaline filled, high-flying weekend with your alma mater pals, the Hocking Hills is just the ticket. Outdoor recreation, family friendly festivals, museums, performing arts, tours and much more will keep everyone entertained. After an activity filled day it’s time to relax and what could be more relaxing than your own private resort. Luxurious lodges are designed to provide privacy,

plenty of room for everyone and all the comforts of home. Go for a swim in your private pool. Chill out in a hot tub while gazing at the star-filled sky. Toast marshmallows over an open fire while stories of the day and laughter lingers in the evening air. Plan your road rip reunion around one of the region’s signature festivals. Lilyfest is the “unfestival”. There are no deep fried foods, Ferris wheels or fireworks, just flowers, art and music wafting on a breeze throughout the Bishop Educational Gardens (July 10–12). The Laurelville Fireman’s Old Time Festival is just what you would expect. The nightly fish fry is legendary. The Midway delights kids of all ages. When was the last time you took a spin on a Tilt-a-Whirl? The highlight of the festival is Ohio’s most expensive cake auction. Last year’s auction

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raised $24,400 for the Laurelville Fire Department (July 15 – 18). Everyone loves a parade so, naturally, everyone loves Nelsonville’s Parade of the Hills featuring three parades beginning with the Main Street Welcome Home Parade on Wednesday, a Bicycle Parade on Thursday and the Grande Parade on Saturday. Add Queen contests, the Ohio State Fiddling Contest, Pie Contest & Auction and a 5k Run For The Hills (in case you eat too much pie). Evening musical entertainment includes Hard Days Night (Beatles Tribute Band) on Wednesday, Ohio’s own McGuffey Lane on Thursday, Mr. Speed (KISS Tribute Band) Friday and Stadium 11 on Saturday, Aug. 19 – 22). So fire off those emails, tweets, posts, shares. This is the summer for a road trip reunion and your destination is the Hocking Hills.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in July on the Put-In-Bay Island Get in the Christmas spirit in July. Many Put-in-Bay lovers consider this the peak of the summer season. They’ll wear red and green, spread cheer and have fun. The 12 Days of Christmas is celebrated throughout the island this summer from July 16 to 26th. These are by far the biggest and best weekends at Put-inBay all summer long! Put-inBay has even been voted "Best Place for Christmas in July"! The Christmas spirit floods the community and everywhere you look there is an elf or Santa peeking out of a doorway. Island businesses go all out and decorate just like it was the real Christmas. Garland, lights, bells, and Santa hats abound. Holiday drinks are on the menu at most of the local watering holes and island hotels and rental hoes are filled to capacity. On Saturday Night, there is a traditional parade of Christmas floats that meanders through the downtown area and on Sunday the Christmas themed car parade excites and delights island visitors young and old. These are by far the busiest weekends of the season so plan ahead accordingly! Sunday through Wednesday will offer a more family-friendly atmosphere and businesses should still be decorated and the Xmas

vibe is still there! Check out Perry's Cave Fam Fun Center, the State Park, Aquatic Canter, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial and the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center has Wild Tuesdays. They bring animals and have interactive, hands-on exhibits for kids. Hotels and rental homes sell out months in advance, and it is not uncommon for the best hotels and homes to be sold out by February!!! Many hotels require a three night minimum staty. For hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829. For home rentals, please call 216-8989951.

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New Theatre Restaurant By Kandy Derden Missouri Editor I grew up watching musicals. My husband was raised in a home surrounded by music, but his taste strongly leans toward realism. He insists that it is truly a bizarre reaction for someone to face a crisis by bursting into song. And the idea of strangers in a crowd suddenly joining in to perform a perfectly choreographed dance does now seem extremely unlikely. My first reaction to each of our major emergencies was certainly not any of the above. So after a few decades of marriage and various crises in our lives, I can honestly say I now agree with him. Recently, we were invited to the New Theatre Restaurant which is well-known for outstanding dinner theatre. We readily accepted knowing it would be excellent, no matter what show was scheduled. We arrived to discover . . . you guessed it . . . a musical. After a delicious gourmet meal which included some crowd pleaser favorites plus several specialty dishes, the show began. Hairspray was truly a delight. This fast-paced production kept the audience enthralled with their impressive vocals and superb dancing. Each member of the cast has quite a remarkable list of credits and the combination of this

much talent can only mean one thing: Hairspray is a spectacular show! When it was at the theatre before, seats sold out before it even opened. According to management, Hairspray has been the most requested “return engagement” in New Theatre’s history. On Broadway it won eight Tony awards and was hailed by the New York Times as “the best musical of the decade. It awakened in me the love of this art form. And although he was reluctant to admit it, my husband enjoyed it too. Don’t delay as there are only a very few dates left. Hairspray will only be on stage until July 12. Next on the agenda is a hit Broadway musical comedy. The Addams Family begins July 16. In this hit Broadway musical,

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Wednesday Addams, princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, ”normal” young man (and her parents know very little about him). Finally, Wednesday confides in her father that she wants to marry her “normal” guy. Fearing her mother’s disapproval she begs her father to keep her secret. Can Gomez hide the truth from Morticia? A difficult task once Morticia invites the boyfriend’s parents to dinner. Tickets are now on sale for this show. So make plans now to attend the newly remodeled New Theater Restaurant in Overland Park. Call 913-649-7469 or go to

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oin us for our 25th Anniversary! Three fun days of FREE musical entertainment from July 16 to the 18th! The festival includes 2 stages of amazing music, food and art vendors, beer and wine gar dens, arts and crafts, 5k run/fun walk, fireworks and more!


The JazzFest will be held at the Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The main stage and second stage entertainment lineup includes Hank Harris, who will kick off the entertainment at 6 p.m. Thursday. Headliners on the main stage are Marcia Ball, Hadden Sayers, Boz Scaggs and Grace Potter. The 2nd stage includes acts such as The Unnotables, Work of Wolves, El Dub and Dino Basic x Philly Fate. For a complete lineup and schedule visit online at It is the mission of Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues to increase the awareness of jazz and blues music in the Sioux Falls community and region through musical events and education. Executive Director, Robert Joyce said, “Jazz- fest in Sioux Falls has become a summer time tradition— and the level and artistry of the performers continues to get better each year. Boz Scaggs and Grace Potter are two amazing examples


of world-class talent coming to Sioux Falls this July. Nothing beats a free outdoor music festival when you have this amazing talent on the line up!” JazzFest isn’t just for adults. It is for the kids, too. JazzFest features the Sanford Children’s JazzQuest, a special area just for kids that features jazz and blues education Sandford Children's JazzQuestactivities, bounce houses, arts and craft projects, face painting, singing and

dancing and other fun activities designed especially for elementary through middle school aged children! JazzFest is proud to again partner with the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science as they help kids with make and take musical instruments, musical movement activities, and much more. Last year, an estimated 110,000 enjoyed the music, sun, food, and other attendees .Because there is free admission, we ask that attendants not bring in any outside food or beverages. JazzFest is possible because of our sponsors, volunteers and the sale of food and beverages at the event. Attention Runners! Join the fun at the Jazzfest 5 K. Packet pick up starts at 7 a.m. at Yankton Trail Park on race day. All entrants are guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by July 1st. Awards and refreshments immediately following race with an announcement of winners from main stage! Music starts at Noon on both JazzFest stages!

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