Posts from Joe Vargo

Joe Vargo

Joe is the Interactive Marketing Strategist for Experience Columbus, so he’s the voice behind EC’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and puts together the blog calendar. If there’s any information you’d like to see covered in the blog, he’s the guy to talk to! Joe has lived in Columbus for the past seven years, and really loves the city’s food scene and the walkability of the downtown neighborhoods. You’re most likely to find him walking his dogs in Schiller Park, at Cup o’ Joe or Pistachia Vera on 3rd Street in German Village, or at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Sometimes, ice cream makes for a great dinner!

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10 Things Not to Miss at the Ohio State Fair

The 161st annual Ohio State Fair takes place at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus July 23-Aug. 3. We’ve picked 10 State Fair experiences that range from the classic to the novel – if you follow these tips, you’ll truly make the most of your visit! 1. John Stamos and the Beach Boys – Actor [...]

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8 Best Columbus Food Truck Meals

Columbus is a food city, and in addition to the best taco truck scene in the Midwest, we’ve got more than our fair share of other mobile eateries. Here are our recommendations for great food truck dining in Columbus. Sweet Carrot – Fried Arts – Sweet Carrot is known for these tender, cornmeal-dusted fried artichoke [...]

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3 Spots in Columbus for Gearheads

Do you love anything with a motor? You’re going to find a whole lot to love about Central Ohio! Check out these three spots to explore – and even participate in – motorsports. Goodguys PPG Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals – Don’t miss this huge indoor and outdoor happenin’ at the Ohio Expo Center [...]

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Your Guide to Visiting the Ohio Statehouse

This post is written by Sandi Matgouranis, marketing coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @Sandi_ExpCols. Architecture aficionados, history buffs and political junkies should make a point of visiting the Ohio Statehouse, the center of state government in Ohio. Completed in 1861, 22 years after its ceremonial groundbreaking, this National Historic Landmark [...]

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Columbus Chef Profiles: Sassafras Bakery’s AJ Perry

This post is written by Shelley Mann, founder of Umami Consulting, a company that provides marketing and public relations support for local, independent restaurants in Columbus and also executive director of Dine Originals Columbus. It’s become a Friday ritual for the Gallaugher family—when the kids get off school and dad gets off work, the whole [...]

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Your Red, White & Boom Gameplan

Red, White and Boom is the Midwest’s largest display of Independence Day fireworks – and it definitely draws huge crowds to downtown Columbus. Full of exciting performances, great food and a fun parade, the event officially starts at 11 a.m. on July 3. Find the Best View The fireworks shoot off from Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, [...]

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5 Tips for ComFest 2014

ComFest is coming June 27-29! Held in Goodale Park for each of the last 42 years, ComFest is a celebration of community, peace and togetherness – and most of all – live, local music. This free event offers seven stages of music, playing from noon to around 10 p.m. We’ve got five tips to help [...]