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Cedar Point's record-breaking Mantis roller coaster may still have a little more than two weeks yet to live, but already the paint cans are open and hype machine on high for the ride's transformation to "Rougarou."
Losing its primary colors in favor of a fiery orange, Mantis ends its run on October 19 and will lose the stand-up style trains to become a sit-down "floorless" coaster named for a fictional monster. Or maybe it's not so fictional?
According to BigFootEvidence.com (hmm), a "Rougarou" is something not very nice:
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Were you part of the big airfare sale the other day? Apparently some kind of record was broken, as Frontier began selling tickets for some of their new flights to and from Cincinnati.
The airline set a one-day record, as they started offering up five new options out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In only like six hours or so the airline sold over 5,000 tickets to spots like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Dallas.
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"Mantis gets squashed October 19."
These ominous words now greet visitors to the official Facebook page of Cedar Point, the Ohio amusement park known for its plethora of record-breaking rollers coasters. These words mean only bad news from Cedar Point, as their Mantis coaster will cease to operate after October 19, but no future plans have been announced.
Mantis was constructed at a cost of $12 million, and debuted for the summer of 1996. For that first year, it held a record with the "World's Tallest Vertical Loop," and the 3900' feet of track attracted coaster enthusiasts from around the world, all champing at the bit over experiencing an extreme stand-up coaster.
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Last time we checked in on the town of Mansfield, Ohio, it was busy promoting the "Shawshank Trail," a "drive-it-yourself" tour of the sites used in the movie. Now, the town is looking to go big once again as the movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release at the end of the month (the actual release date was September 23rd, 1994).
Scheduled for Labor Day weekend, the 20th Anniversary Celebration will feature events such as a special screening of the movie at the same venue that hosted its premier back in 1994 and a cocktail party at the Ohio State Reformatory, which starred in the film as Shawshank State Prison.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
There’s been a lot of moving and shaking in the offseason over in Cleveland, and we’re not talking about LeBron—we’re talking about the Browns. The team got rid of their old coach and brought in Mike Pettine to run things, so there’s some optimism about the team for 2014. Then of course there was the NFL Draft, and the fact that the team is now the home of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. We’re not sure if he’ll start the season, but at least training camp will give you an opportunity to check things out.
· When's Camp:
Training camp is already underway, so now’s the time to get your fellow fans together and plan your visit. Registration in advance is required, and some days are already sold out; however, there are still a few options available from which to choose. Camp runs through Friday, August 15, and then after that the preseason games begin. Everything takes places over at the team’s training facility in nearby Berea, Ohio—so not too far to go to take things in.
Clear your calendar and head to Avon, Ohio, as this is the weekend when the city celebrates all things duct tape. To be specific, it’s all about the Duck Tape brand of the silver stuff, as the 11th annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival takes place June 13-15.
There’s plenty of live music, tape artwork and sculpture, a duct tape parade on Saturday, and of course plenty of chances to score some free rolls of tape. Things might be a little—uh—unique and different, but we say that just makes it that much more fun. Just imagine sharing the stories around the water cooler on Monday, as you outdo that weird guy at the office with your story of a weekend at the duct tape festival.
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Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and there’s nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.
Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coasters—although honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.
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Baseball is officially back, and along with it comes a summer full of sports travel, groups of friends and families making their way across the country to visit different stadiums. Some make it their life goal to visit them all, others simply try to catch a game as an activity while in town. Either way, donning the hometown jersey is a great way to fit in and experience a little local flavor.
Yet the reality is that sporting events are expensive, and the ticket is only part of the problem. Once inside, street-level pricing goes out the window, and you pay dearly as a captive audience. For a solo traveler only responsible for himself, it might not be the end of the world. But a family of four? With tickets and food/drink, a trip to the ballpark all of a sudden becomes a $200 night out.
In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was a taste of turtle in Grand Cayman. This week, we head to Columbus, Ohio, to see what's cooking.
Last time we were in Columbus, we set out to investigate what we were told was a budding food scene. We quickly became familiar with areas such as German Village, a historic neighborhood packed with colonial feel and farm-to-fork restaurants.
We drank local gin from the Watershed Distillery (best gin this contributor has ever had... really), and when we started asking around for some local grub, people kept pointing us in the direction of the taco trucks. We thought it was a joke, until we learned that there are approximately 40 of them circling the city.
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When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.
Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.
So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."
And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.
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The weather outside is certainly frightful, but drinking a beer or three is certainly going to make things a little more delightful. The winter beer festivals are now arriving in a city near you, as brewers work to get lagers, ales, and all things spiced and seasonal ready to sip and sample. We can’t mention all the events around the world, but here are three winter beer festivals where you can warm up this month.
Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio
They’re promising over 225,000 square feet of craft beer awesomeness right in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, as the Columbus Winter Beerfest is set to do thing across two days on January 17 and January 18. Over 300 different beers will be in attendance from breweries around the region and the world. Brew Kettle, Cellar Rats, and Columbus Brewing Company are just a few of the local options, but they have the full list on their website. It’s even available as a spreadsheet—so you can disguise at as work in your office—where you can filter and search things to your heart’s content. Tickets are $50 during the day of the event, but only $40 if you order in advance. Things start on each day beginning at 7:30pm, and your admission includes up to 25 samples in a five ounce souvenir mug. The last pour finishes up at just before 11pm—cheers.