5 things you must do this weekend before kids go back to school

With Bacon, merengue and food trucks, summer can’t be over yet

Alice Cooper had it wrong in his rock anthem “School’s Out.”

School may have been out for summer, but it wasn’t out forever.

Dayton-area kids will soon hear the sound of school bells — if they haven’t already.

Chalk will scrape blackboards, and the spines of new books will be broken.

School has already resumed for some local districts.

For many, this is one of the last weekends of summer break.

The calendar may still say “summer,” but for all intents and purposes, the season of fun in the sun is ending for families.

But it ain’t over ‘til it is over.

This weekend offers more than a few opportunities for summer fun.

Below are five family friendly things to do this weekend to bid farewell to summer break. Click here to explore our August events calendar for more ideas.

FAIRBORN SWEET CORN FEST

Why? Corn = fun

Where? Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

When? 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Admission cost? Free

What you will find? There will be children’s entertainment, food vendors, specialty dealers and a hilarious sweet corn eating contest Sunday.

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Read: Sweet corn festival spans weekend

BACON FEST 2014

Why? Everybody — well, almost everybody — loves bacon

Where? Lincoln Park and the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering.

When? 2 p.m. to about 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Admission cost? Free

What you will find? Sixteen restaurants putting their best bacon forward.

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Read: Bacon Fest bigger and more baconey

HISPANIC HERITAGE FEST PRESENTED BY PACO

Why? Celebration of the wealth of Latin culture found in the Miami Valley.

Where? RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

When? 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Admission cost? Free

What you will find? Latin food, crafts, dance and music, including salsa, merengue, tejano, latin jazz, cumbia, and bachata.

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Flyer: Click here

DARKE COUNTY FAIR

Why? You have to go to ‘the’ fair — and this is a good one.

Where? Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

When? Friday, Aug. 15 to Saturday, Aug. 23.

Gates open 7 a.m. to midnight daily. Vendors open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Rides run noon to 11 p.m. daily.

Admission cost? $6 single day. Free for children 11 and younger accompanied by paying adult. $20 for nine-day passes.

What you will find? Harness racing, carnival rides, games, live music and food vendors and family-friendly activities.

RELATED: Greenville population will double with Darke County Fair

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Springfield Rotary Club’s Gourmet Food Truck Competition

Why? Did someone say food trucks?

Where? Veterans Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield

When? 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

Admission cost? Free

What you will find? Grub from 35 local and national food trucks. They will sell food and battle it out for a $10,000 grand prize. The runner-up will receive $2,000. This writer is on the panel of judges.

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Read: Springfield food truck competition means many gourmet offerings

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

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