Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Weekend North Market Style

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

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 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

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

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.