Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Weekend North Market Style



Background:
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.  He arrived in Ireland in 432 AD to convert the Irish to Christianity.



Impression:
St. Patrick has a long and storied history, and you can read all about it on various sources on the internet.   Let's be honest though...you know that most people use it as an excuse to party.   It is an even bigger celebration when the actual St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday.

Short North and North Market regions of downtown Columbus started the festivities Friday, March 15 and will continue on through the weekend.

We were downtown on March 16 and the partying was in full swing.

People take the occasion to also dress in green and extravagant outfits.



Some even joined official "pub crawls" going from bar to bar with their friends.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Columbus Pet Expo

Written/Photography by Andrew Livelsberger



Background:
In it's 23rd year, the Columbus Pet Expo is an annual event all about pets of numerous kinds!


Impression:
We all love out pets, whether they be dogs, cats, ferrets or whatever else non-humanoid we decide to bring into our homes and care for.

That love is first evident by the sheer volume of people that attend the Columbus Pet Expo.  You first enter into the Bricker building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and there are vendors as well as shows and areas to entertain your pets.

In the 2 images below, there was a diving dogs platform where people could bring their dogs and have them jump from the platform and into the water.  Some dogs were not ready for the jump (like in the first picture), while others swam about with the toy they were chasing.



Bringing your own pets are welcome and as shown in the image below, Mr. Basset Hound was getting to know Mr. Ferret.   Such a great site to see the different species in the same area coexisting.


This little chihuahua below had an owner that dressed her as the princess she is.  She was a little tired, so we did not "paparazzi" her too much!


There were also some other unorthodox pets, such as various skunks.


The Pet Expo has a little something for everyone.  You can stop by a vendor and check out the different pet supplies, food, toys or even clothing for those pets that may need a little extra help out there in the cold Ohio seasons.

For us humans, there are areas to exercise your pets as well as entertaining shows to see what it is others have trained their pets to do.

A fun, family and pet centric event is definitely worth the trip.  If you missed this year, look out next March for the next one.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Arnold Fitness Expo 2019 - Guns and Hoses - One Shot!

Written/Photography by Andrew Livelsberger


Location:  Voinovich Center, Ohio State Fairgrounds

At the end of the third round, bloodied but still on his feet, this Guns and Hoses competitor showed strength and tenacity in all three rounds of his fight.

The annual Guns and Hoses boxing exhibition is one of the highlights of the Arnold Fitness Expo.  This year, it was held in the Voinovich Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

There are still 3 full days of Expo, competitions and events.  Don't miss out on this world class sporting festival.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Arnold Sports Festival 2019 Is HERE!!


Hey there, loyal readers!   It is that time of year again and we are back with the coverage of the Arnold Sports Festival!   2019 is going to be another great year!  We have some new sports joining the festival this year that we will be covering like futsal!

Don't forget to stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook feeds to get on the spot updates of events and happenings throughout the day.

Coverage will start in early afternoon around 2-3pm and then go through late Sunday.   We'll have full blown articles for you early in the week following the event at the latest.  If time permits, we are going to put out articles as soon as possible, potentially the night of or the next morning.  We have an aggressive shooting schedule....so no promises on that!

Stay tuned and we look forward to hearing your feedback.   If you are in Columbus this weekend, try and get out to this world class even and experience  first hand what this is all about!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Written by Dani and Andrew Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger


Background:

Blackhand Gorge got its name from a Native American hand shaped petroglyph on the side of a cave found near the gorge.  That has since been destroyed, when in 1828 the cliff face was removed to make way for the Ohio-Erie canal.

The park is 956 acres with hiking paths and mountain bike trails.  The gorge was formed by the Licking River which carved its way through the sandstone.

Impression:

With other more well known attractions close by like Dawes Arboretum and Dillon State Park, it is understandable that a lot of people from outside the area might overlook this great treasure.

There are quite a few places to find trailheads, but one of our favorites is just off Toboso Road.  There is a main parking lot with a log cabin by it.  Just down is an overflow lot.  We parked there and found a trail head marked on the map as "L".  You'll see some fence posts and a bike rack at the start of it.

Follow the trail and eventually you'll find this cave as seen in the images below.  Along the way, there are flowers of all kinds and easy to follow trails.

Close to the beginning of the trailhead, you'll find a short spur trail that will take you by one of the old Ohio-Erie Canal locks.  Make sure to check that out, especially if you've never seen one before.

Continuing further down, you'll see a path that goes to the left and up the rocks.   Definitely take that path and you'll be gifted with the site of seeing the view from our opening image.





Even if you don't come out to this area specifically for Blackhand Gorge...take some time and visit this little gem.  The hiking trails are great, you can kayak, and there is access to the water.

Not only is the nature beautiful, but the people are very friendly.  You never know, you might find a new friend out here too!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Italian Gathering 2018

Written by Andrew and Dani Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger



Background:

A Car Show For Italian Cars and Motorcycles



Impression:

Vehicles.    Italian cars, motorcycles, SUV and even farm equipment.  Farm equipment?   Perhaps that is an odd addition to a car show description.  I assure you though, that is what you can expect at the annual Italian Gathering car show in Dublin, OH - all those things!!

Located at the Wendy's headquarter facility, a field is transformed into an Italian sports car enthusiasts dream.

Here, you will find vehicles likely older than you along with the cars you dreamed of as a youngster.

Andrew had a Ferrari Testarosa as well as a Lamborghini Countach on his wall, right next to his favorite, Porsche 1911 Turbo.

The exotics are here, but there are also some other interesting and rare vehicles too, like these SUVs you see below and the Lamborghini tractor above.

This is the Lamborghini LM002.  A military styled SUV that has the Countach engine powering it.  it was made between 1986 and 1993 with a total of 328 being produced.



Not only is this a car show, but also a fund raiser for the Dave Thomas Foundation.  This year, they raised $20,000 for the charity.





The laid back atmosphere and spacious area allow you to go out and enjoy.

Food trucks are also there so you can stay free and hydrated.

They have many silent auctions, with items for everyone.


Valentino Balboni, chief test driver for Lamborghini, even made an appearance and signed autographs.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Arnold Sports Festival 2018 Recap


We want to welcome back our Arnold Sports Festival Columbus readers as well as any new readers!
You might be wondering why the Arnold articles now?

We wanted to give you a little recap of 2018 and start getting you pumped and excited about all that is going to go on in 2019!

The team is currently looking over the events for this year and building out our schedule of coverage.
We'll update you on anything new that is coming in a future post.

Guns and Hoses Amateur Boxing

This event was held at the Hollywood Casino event area.  Police and firefighters compete in 3 round boxing matches.




Body Painting Competition

2018 was the first official body painting competition at the Arnold Columbus.   Great artists and models came together to showcase their skills.




 




Art At The Arnold

For many years, art has been a feature at the Arnold.   2018 saw the introduction of the body painting category, other more traditional art forms continue to be made and displayed.  2018 saw the artists move to a more spacious area in the newer section of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
New location, same great art.




Yoga

Yoga is also represented at the Arnold.  At this session, sensory deprivation is used to help block out the outside influences of the world and get the practitioners focused.




Pole Dancing

Professional pole dancing is a must see event.  We stop by every year to see the amateurs and professionals display their awesomely choreographed and athletic routines.



Scottish Highland Games

Caber tossing and rock throwing were on display in the Expo.



Toughman Competition

New for 2018, the toughman boxing was exciting and entertaining.  We are hoping that this event returns in 2019.
These fighters left everything in the octagon.





Wheelchair Bodybuilding

After we saw this event for the first time a few years ago, this has been a must see every year.  Showcasing the strong will of the human spirit.  These bodybuilders overcome some of the biggest adversities and prove that you can be whatever you set your mind to!



Pickleball

we knew very little about this sport, but it is easy to understand once you watch for a little while.  This fast paced sport is great to watch.  Definitely check it out!   This event is normally at the fair grounds along with gymnastics, cheerleading and the kids expo.



Professional Wrestling

Yes, there is that as well!  We stumbled across this high energy match whilst making our way through the kids expo.   It was so good, we stopped to get some coverage of NOW - New Ohio Wrestling!





There are so many competitions at the Arnold every year, we have a tough time trying to figure out what to cover!  There is something for everyone at the Arnold, so make sure to look over the 4 days of events and find your favorite!  Or better yet, find something you've never seen or heard of before and give that a go.

Here is a link to the 2019 schedule of events.
Official ArnoldSportFestival Website - SCHEDULE 2019

Remember, if you can't make it, checkout our coverage February 28 through March 3!