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By Rob Frank GoErie.com staff blogger
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Posted: August 23rd, 2012

CelebrateErie is one of Erie’s biggest events, and the Street View team had it covered.  Four days of food, dancing, family fun and concerts took over State Street from 3rd to 11th street.  This year The Buckinghams, Ace Frehley and Phil Vassar were the headlining concerts.  The annual festival draws tens of thousands of people to downtown over the weekend.  Check out this gallery of images from all four days.

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Posted: August 23rd, 2012

Street View was busy last weekend with our coverage of Roar on the Shore. The annual bike rally brings in almost 10,000 biker and thousands more in biker enthusiasts. Here’s some highlight imagery from the 4 day event.


We photographed licence plates and found sixteen different states attending the festivities, here’s some of the further out that we saw.

You can check out photos and video at www.goerie.com/roar

Be looking for all of our coverage of Celebrate Erie next week!

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Posted: September 23rd, 2011

This Sunday is the weekend fans of the Erie music scene have been waiting all year for: the Rock Erie Music Awards. This year, the awards are extra-special: we’re celebrating our 5th anniversary!

Make sure to follow us on twitter @RockErie for updates from the show. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm at the Bayfront Convention Center. Returning from last year to host, is the hilarious Tammy Pescatelli. Get pumped for the show, check out the 2011 nominees at RockErie.com to and find out more about Erie’s music scene.

Check back soon for photo galleries, video, and more from the REMA’s. Good luck to all the nominees and congratulations to all the winners!

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Posted: August 28th, 2011

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

Parker's Garbage Fries at the Crawford County Fair. This is BEFORE I took a crack this massive pile.

Parker's Garbage Fries at the Crawford County Fair. This is BEFORE I took a crack this massive pile.

What: Garbage Fries at Parker’s Concessions

Description: I’d seen the bowls all over the fair. Piled high with everything from bacon and cheese to sour cream and pork, these bowls of freshly cut fries went by many names, depending on what topped the dish. Porktato, Garlic, Garbage, Loaded, Buffalo, Hillbilly, just scratched the surface of fried possibilities.

Over at Parker’s Concessions, they specialize in these and many more varieties, and they promised me a mighty–but still meatless–pile of fries.

I opted for one of the traditional favorites: Garbage Fries (although they tell me Loaded is one of the most often ordered due to it’s “simplicity.”) This “veggie” version included sauteed onions and peppers, cheese, ranch, banana peppers, and I added ketchup and salt and pepper.

Testimonial: “Why don’t I give you a fork, … or two!” said Parker’s Concessions worker Gary Lee when he served up my hot bowl of fries. “That way you can just dig right in.”

Two towering "large" 16 oz. orders of fries at Parker's Concessions.

Two towering "large" 16 oz. orders of fries at Parker's Concessions.

It seems most people split their orders with multiple people. It’s just a chore eating it on your own–these overflowing bowls are best eaten with a fork.

Cost: A “small” 12 oz. bowl is $8, while a “large” bowl is $10.

Verdict: Garbage Fries 1, Ginny 0. Training for a 5K, I have just about had my fill of fair food, and when I stopped on my bowl of Garbage Fries, it looked like I had hardly made a dent. I liked the combination of the flavors blending together, but after you get down to the center, everything starts looking–and tasting the same.

A good fair food pick, but unless you don’t plan on eating anything else for the rest of the week, split with a friend–or four.

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That’s the end of my Crawford County Fair Food tour! Find more photos in my gallery. Thank you to everybody who told me their favorite foods to try!

If you have any photos from the fair, submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

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Posted: August 26th, 2011

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

What: Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake at General Store Concessions

Description: “It tastes like a Reese’s cup shake,” said server Brittany Sala. Blend chocolate soft serve, two big spoonfuls of Peter Pan peanut butter, and milk for a shake so thick, sipping through a straw is a challenge.

Testimonial: “They’re wicked good,” said Andrew Hooghkirk, “dough man” and pizza chef at Campi’s Pizza, the adjacent stand. “Who wants a shake that’s just ‘good?’ I have a different flavor (of milkshake) every day.”

I admitted yesterday that I was a huge ice cream fan, and when I heard the words “peanut butter chocolate milkshake,” it was too good to pass up.

A steak sandwich is one of the popular food items at General Store Concessions, although I opted for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake.

A steak sandwich is one of the popular food items at General Store Concessions, although I opted for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake.

General Store Concessions is run by Ron and Janice Sala of Erie, who run the General Store on Sterrettania Road. They take their stand on the road, gaining a following with their unique fair food. Their steak sandwich has made a fan out of Hooghkirk, who got his sandwich, as I was eating my milkshake.

“It’s got the right mixture of everything, steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms, white American cheese, and a little sprinkle of cheddar on top,” said Hooghkirk.

Brittany, daughter of Ron and Janice, said she invented their best selling milkshake flavor. The Chocolate Peanut Butter combo also brought fans from another concession stand. Over from Parker’s, a stand specializing in over-topped fries, Gary Lee and Rhos Tolle ordered two of the famed shakes.

“It tastes like real peanut butter, so it’s real good,” said Tolle.

Cost: I walked away with this one for free.

Verdict: This creamy mixture did have that Reese’s taste, but it was a little too thick to be sipped out of a straw. I love thick shakes, so I happily ate the Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake with a spoon. Try any of their other milkshake flavors or slushie combinations.

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I’ve upedated our Crawford County Fair Food gallery, check out photos of Campi’s Pizza’s Andrew Hooghkirk making that delicious crust.
If you have any food photos, submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!

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Posted: August 26th, 2011
Just out of the gate at Dave Martin's Bullride Mania.

Just out of the gate at Dave Martin's Bullride Mania.

12-year-old Zack Parker of Conneaut Lake has a passion that not many other kids his age share: bull riding. Parker started riding two years ago, inspired after seeing a woman ride a bull at a rodeo: she got bucked off.

“The bull flipped over her, I watched it when it happened,” he said, “And I thought, it just looks like a cool sport.”

And he does well at that sport. Despite his age, however, Parker did well enough to place in the top five after the preliminary round with a score of 68. Parker earned that score, riding with several other older professional riders at Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania Thursday night at the grandstand at the Crawford County Fair.

The show, emceed by a Porkchop the clown, included a Little Buckaroo Rodeo, bull riding, and Girls’ Barrel Racing, although the bull riding was the main event of the night. The Little Buckaroo Rodeo was part of the pre-show, and allowed kids under six to try their best to ride the rodeo sheep, clinging to their wooly backs. See photos of these Buckaroos in our photo gallery.

Riders lined up for the Girls' Barrel Race.

Riders lined up for the Girls' Barrel Race.

The Girls’ Barrell Race, which took place in between bull riding rounds, required riders to race around three strategically placed barrels in the ring and then back to the starting line.

Ashley Beverage, of Meadville, has been racing for five years. She said she loves the adrenaline rush she gets, but that barrel racing takes more than that.

“It takes a lot of dedication from the horse and rider,” said Beverage, who was riding her horse Quiggly, “A lot of people think it’s all about speed, but they really need heart.”

The night’s big show was all about bull riding, and had some young fans excited about the action. “Watching them flip off,” said Kendra Green, of Erie, is her favorite part of the show.

“It’s a big adrenaline rush,” said Joe Parker (no relation to Zack), who’s been riding bulls for seven years.

After so many years, he says he no longer feels that rush, but that he still loves the sport. Parker, from Greenville, has been riding with Dave Martin for five years.

“You call the gate, it opens, he bucks, the bull is bread to buck,” said Parker, explaining the process of bull riding. “Tie one hand in–one hand is up in the air and can’t touch for eight seconds. You’ve got to get a good hold on with your legs, too.”

Watch Michael Lane of Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania, listed as one of the best professional riders in the world, tell GoErie.com what happens inside the ring.

Ever seen a rodeo live? Watch this rider at Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania at the Crawford County Fair.

See the Little Buckaroo Rodeo stick horse race, as part of the pre-show offered, for kids under six. Be sure to catch the high-fives at the end!

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Posted: August 26th, 2011
The Dairy Committee does not slack on serving size.

The Dairy Committee does not slack on serving size.

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

What: Dairy Committee ice cream

Description: This sweet treat has become tradition for many families and visitors of the fair. Thick, creamy milk from Crawford County cows is churned to create smooth, delicious soft serve ice cream.

Testimonial: “Best ice cream ever,” said Cathy Cummings of McCain. “I’m on a diet, and this is blowing it.”

While deciding what I should order, I saw people walking away with what looked like a foot of soft serve on their cone–the Committee doesn’t slack on serving size. I made sure I got the small, and ordered the most popular, the twist.

“I think people get the twist, because they can’t decide,” said Trish Sweatman, who started working as a window girl at the stand in 1996.

Sweatman, of Venango, is now Manager of the Dairy Committee stand during the fair. ”Whole reason I got started was because I was involved with dairy 4-H,” Sweatman said. “Now I just love it. We all make it a good time back there.”

I was happy to try their small twist--the Committee's most popular seller.

I was happy to try their small twist--the Committee's most popular seller.

Proceeds from ice cream sales go towards supporting the Dairy Committee throughout the year. This year, the funds went towards the construction to help fiance the new dairy barn at the fair.

Cost: $1.75 for my small twist cone.

Verdict: I am admittedly an ice cream fanatic, and soft serve is generally not the first scoop I’d reach for. However, Dairy Committee ice cream is some of the richest, creamiest soft serve I’ve tasted and earns my stamp of approval. This is definitely one Crawford County Fair food experience you won’t want to miss.

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Check out our Crawford County Fair Food gallery for more photos, and submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!

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Posted: August 24th, 2011
My Vlahos veggie gyro.

My Vlahos veggie gyro.

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

What: Greek gyros from Vlahos

Description: An original gyro is a combination of beef and lamb served on soft, warm pita bread. This pita is then loaded with onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and of course tzataziki, cucumber sauce.

Testimonial: “All I came to the fair for,” said the person just behind me in line at the Vlahos Original Greek Concession stand.

The Vlahos stand is family owned and operated by the Vlahos, a Greek family from North East Ohio. ”He has a following,” said daughter Eleana Vlahos, “He’s like a rock band, he’s got groupies.”

The Vlahos Original Greek Concession stand, complete with groupies.

The Vlahos Original Greek Concession stand, complete with groupies.

People from around the region follow where the stand will set up shop next. However, John, the ‘original’ Vlahos himself, schools people on what they’re really ordering. Signs above the counter phonetically sound out the name, “yee-ros.”

“Can I order an original ‘JI-row’?” a customer asked.

“We don’t have any ‘JI-rows.’ You can order an original gyro,” he said with a smile.

“Whatever it is, I just want an original,” they reply.

That’s right, if you’ve been pronouncing this Mediterranean dish “JI-row,” you’ve wrong. But if you visit John Vlahos, he’ll set you straight. “Yee-ros.”

This vegetarian had a My Big Fat Greek Wedding moment after he was done serving the other customers. I had returned to the stand after enjoying my veggie gyro, and he asked if I’d gotten a gyro yet. After I assured him I’d loved my veggie gyro, he repeated himself. Like they said in the movie, “It’s ok, I make lamb.”

Ever wondered? Here's your answer.

Ever wondered? Here's your answer.

Cost: $5, but John Vlahos served me a piece of mouthwatering baklava and a bottle of water for free.

Verdict: A huge fan of any Mediterranean style cooking, I was impressed that the shop had a veggie offering. And what a handful it was: the pita was heaped with all the goodies–minus the meat, just the way I like it. A filling snack that isn’t covered in grease, a rare Crawford County Fair treat.

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Check out our Crawford County Fair Food gallery for more photos, and submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!

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Posted: August 24th, 2011
Country music star Luke Bryan croons to the crowd.

Country music star Luke Bryan croons to the crowd.

“Where my hillbillies at?” called country music star Luke Bryan from the main stage at the Crawford County fairgrounds Tuesday night.

This CMT sensation seemed to have the crowd dancing and laughing along—even before the show started. People were decked to their country nines, wearing cowboy hats and boots, or their own personal creations.

Angela Zorn came dressed in her own custom designed black t-shirt, with Easton Corbin and Luke Bryan’s names on the front and back. A Luke Bryan fan for two years, the 17-year-old from Meadville has had tickets since May, and was celebrating her birthday with her mom.

“Do I,” said Zorn, is her favorite Bryan song, “because it’s the first one I liked.”

Fans of Luke Bryan hold a sign, "Sorority Girls Shake it for Luke."

Fans of Luke Bryan hold a sign, "Sorority Girls Shake it for Luke."

Before the show, Bryan signed autographs and took photos at a meet and greet. Emily Nottingham of Titusville was thrilled to be at the concert—and meet Bryan.

17-year-olds Emily Notthingham and Brianne Come, Titusville, were thrilled to be at Bryan’s concert. Brianne, however, couldn’t meet the signer in person.

“She couldn’t be there because of soccer practice, so I brought two CDs and he signed them both for us,” Emily said, carrying her signed Luke Bryan swag. “It was really nice.”

Before Bryan bounced on stage, country singer Easton Corbin opened the show, playing crowd favorites like “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll with It.” Watch Corbin sing “A Little More Country Than That” in our video player.

7,300 seats sold for the concert, and many lined the front row to sing along while taking pictures and video.

Fans gather for a photo at the Luke Bryan concert.

Fans gather for a photo at the Luke Bryan concert.

Bryan encouraged the audience to sing and dance along during the performance. During the song “Drunk On You,” Bryan instructed the crowd to fist pump while singing the lyrics “boom, boom” of the chorus. See that video in our player.

Bryan’s biggest hit, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” didn’t disappoint either, and Bryan encouraged a little battle of the sexes, seeing who could sing the chorus louder. See Bryan shaking his own thing on stage in our video player.

Tomorrow, Bryan heads to Glen Allen, VA, to play the Innsbrook Pavilion. His third and most recent album, “Tailgates & Tanlines,” debuted at number one on Top Country Albums list.

Check the player on GoCrawfordCounty.com for video of Corbin and Bryan, and our photo galleries for shots from the concert. Were you there? Post your pictures directly to our community photo album. Just click “Submit photos” on the right bar of the main page.

 

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Posted: August 24th, 2011
Trying a deep fried Snickers at the Crawford County Fair.

Trying a deep fried Snickers at the Crawford County Fair.

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

What: Deep fried Snickers

Description: Poke a serving stick through a Snickers bar. Dip it in funnel cake batter. Deep fry the candy bar. Cover with a heavy coat of powered sugar so that the consumer looks like a winning Charlie Sheen.

It seems that deep frying anything is the name of the game at America’s State and Country fairs. The most bizarre deep fried subject? The winner goes to the Indiana State Fair, where you can get deep fried butter.

I figured to stick to a healthier route, and tried the Snickers, which I’d seen Paula Dean create on the Food Network. By the end of this fair, I would like to sample more of this deep fried list, that is if I can fit into my pants at the end of this food tour.

Testimonial: ”The Oreos are the most popular so far,” said server Tierra Brewer of Meadville, “but the Snickers are catching on.” This 18-year-old has just recently started working the booth, but she suggests the Oreos.

6 ways to try some deep fried cookin' at the Crawford County Fair.

6 ways to try some deep fried cookin' at the Crawford County Fair.

Cost: $5, but I got mine for $4.

Verdict: With all the hype about deep fried fair food, I was hoping this Fair Food would be a little more rewarding. It wasn’t. The funnel cake batter was soggy, and the center wasn’t all melted, like Paula Dean promised mine would be, if I made deep fried candy bars within the privacy of my own home kitchen. Maybe next time, I’ll follow Paula’s advice. Or maybe, I’ll just try the Oreos. Or the Reese’s. Ooh, Reese’s…

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Check out our Crawford County Fair Food gallery for more photos, and submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!

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