The Visitors Bureau estimates more than 10,000 attendees stopped for information on Champaign County. Representatives of the Visitors Bureau committee, Freshwater Farms of Ohio, Café Paradiso, Folck Winery and 1868 Italianate Casa handed out community guides, event listings, and brochures on local destinations and attractions. Travel show attendees were encouraged to sign up for the Visitors Bureau email list for their chance to win a Champaign County “getaway package” worth over $300.
The mission of the Visitors Bureau is to promote Champaign County as a premier destination of leisure travel, highlighting the area’s historical, cultural, and recreational attractions. The Visitors Bureau distributes the annual Champaign County events rack card, which is available now at the Chamber & Visitors Bureau office at 127 West Court Street. They will soon publish 20-page visitors guide that will feature dining establishments, attractions and lodging options.
The Visitors Bureau meets monthly and invites anyone interested in being involved in the Visitors Bureau to its meeting on March 25th at 8 AM at The Farmer’s Daughter. Please contact the Chamber at 937-653-5764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Visitors Bureau or to RSVP to the March meeting.
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Downtown spot opening this month to feature health food.
The city is a big part of the couple’s story, Sammie Ropp said.
“I grew up in a tiny town outside of Springfield called South Charleston and he grew up in a tiny town outside Urbana called West Liberty, so this was kind of the middle ground,” she said.
Downtown Nutrition will offer energizing teas, healthy meal shakes, donut holes and more.
“We have a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, and the best-tasting shakes and energizing teas around,” Sammie said.
The shop will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting for the restaurant’s grand opening on the projected opening date, Jan. 25.
“Here at the Chamber, we feel Downtown Nutrition is a great addition to our community because we have nothing like it,” said Chamber Coordinator Rachel Casey. “It’s new and fresh, and a great way to start a new year with healthy options.”
The Ropps are excited to open and serve the community and encourage potential customers to check the shop’s Facebook page for updates.
“We are here to show people the good in the world and that what they do matters. We are on the same mission to grow and support this amazing community,”
Sammie Ropp said. “This community is looking to grow and make their city better and we want to be a part of that.”
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Story & Photo By Natalie Jones
Staff Writer at Springfield News-Sun
After 36 years of serving ice cream to the Urbana community, the Dairy Corner has a new set of owners.
Ken and Teri Jarboe, owners of Sparky’s Pizzeria, 644 Scioto St. in Urbana, showed interest in the Dairy Corner after they recognized previous owners, Bob and Robin Turner, looked “worn out.”
Ken told Bob that if they ever wanted to sell the shop, they should sit down and talk. Robin explained that the night before, she and her husband came to the conclusion that “it was time to sell.” That was about a year ago.
“Something had to change because we couldn’t physically or mentally work open to close, 7 days a week, 6-9 months a year,” Bob said.
The Turners, announced the change of ownership on Aug. 23 via Facebook. On Sept. 2, the Dairy Corner began moving equipment to Sparky’s to have an “express menu” featuring their most popular items. The “express menu” is available the rest of the year offering chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, shakes/malts, sundaes, flurries, banana splits, vanilla soft serve and gourmet frozen treats.
After a week of operating the “express menu,” shakes are still the No. 1 item sold at the Dairy Corner.
“People are very excited that they’re going to be able to get their (Dairy Corner’s) wonderful products for the entire winter,”
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Established in 2006, The Simon Kenton Chili Cook-Off and Hoopla Parade always takes place on the 4th Saturday in September. The family-friendly event has activities for the children and the adults, so no one will be bored. Rain or Shine...It's always a good time! Attendance and parking at the street festival is FREE.
Visit the event's official website and online scrapbook of past Cook-offs for more information and photos. ChiliCookOffofUrbana.com
WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 2019| 10am - 6pm
WHERE: Historic Downtown Urbana, Ohio
WHAT: 8am - Fire engine signals the start of the Cook-Off
11am - Beer Garden opens, Salsa Judging
Noon - Hoopla Parade begins
1pm - Children's Area & Dunk Tank open
1:30pm - Live music begins
2pm - Chili sampling begins - vote for People's Choice
2:30pm - Corn Hole Tournament begins
3pm - Suck, Chew, Blow contest begins
3:30pm - Pepper Eating contest begins
4:30pm - Announcement of Winners
The Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival returns Sept. 20-22 for its 18th year at Freshwater Farms of Ohio
Friday, Sept. 20, 4-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
General admission is $5; $2 for ages 3-12; and free for 2 and under. Free admission for anyone dressed in costume in the spirit of the festival – like sea critters, pirates, mermaids and other merfolk. Admission provides access to all live music concerts, the sturgeon petting zoo, fish and critter displays, bounce houses and the kids’ play zone. Parking is free.
For more information on the event click here!
"Cafe Paradiso on Monument Square once again has been named Champaign County’s best pizza place in a cleveland.com rating of pizza places throughout Ohio.The website last did the county by county rating in 2016 and determined the Italian restaurant offered the best in the county. A new rating of pizza places in all 88 counties was just released and the Urbana restaurant is tops in pizza again.
“This has been awesome,” restaurant owner Pat Thackery said Tuesday. He operates the restaurant, located at 13 Monument Square, with his wife, Patsy.
“It’s always good when someone says something nice about you,” he said, adding, “it’s especially rewarding when someone recognizes you from that far away.” He said many of their customers come from outside the county. “Everybody who has (the pizza) loves it and keeps coming back.”
Click here to read more about Cafe Paradiso's ranking!