In just over a week, Dublin will welcome another world-class sporting event! On Saturday, August 4, the United States Australian Football League’s 49th Parallel Cup will take place at Darree Fields Park (rain or shine). The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau worked alongside the City of Dublin to secure the event. The organizations submitted a national bid to host the competition and beat out other cities such as Ft. Lauderdale.

The tournament will pit the United States National Team against the Canadian National Team. There will be four games total, including a Women’s B-side, Men’s development (for players under 25), and bouts between USA Freedom and Canadian Northern Lights and USA Revolution and Canadian Northwind. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and continue every two hours; the last is at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available, and spectators are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Also known as “footy” or “Aussie Rules”, Australian Football is related to early forms of Rugby and Gaelic football. It is a fast-paced, intense game that is completely unique in its rules and form. Below are a few of the basics:

  • The game is played on a cricket oval, so there are no standard dimensions.
  • 18 players make up a team. Three substitutes are allowed on the bench.
  • There are 5 general areas of play. They are referred to as “lines” and include: Full Forward, Half Forward, Centre Line, Half Back, and Full Back.
  • A game is divided into 4 quarters with each consisting of 20 minutes of playing time.
  • The ball advances down the field either by kicking or hand passing (using a fist to hit it).
  • The ball must be bounced or passed every 15 meters.
  • There are four posts that make up the goal – the goal posts (tall and central) and the behind posts (short and outter).
  • Six points is awarded if the ball passes through the two larger goals posts without being touched.
  • One point is awarded if the ball passes the behind goal posts.
  • The team scoring the most points wins!

Dublin will also host the 2013 National Championships.

For this and other event information, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at

~ Post by Dawn

This post comes from guest blogger Dawn Scheurle, creator of — a great resource for finding kid friendly restaurants in Central Ohio.

Although Spring signals the beginning of my all-time favorite Patio Dining Season, Fall brings me home.  I don’t mean inside my home (although it does that, too), I mean thoughts of home … being comfy and cozy with family, friends–and of course, food!  Fall food is the stuff that makes you warm inside, brings back memories and makes you want to take a nap in front of the fireplace afterward.

Here are a few of the places and foods that confirm to me that Summer is indeed over and Fall has arrived:

  • There’s a little gem we have frequented for years, but we just recently discovered their donuts.  Jacquemin Farms offers warm (if you time it right) sugar coated pumpkin donuts – grab one before you hop on the hay wagon to go out to the fields to pick your pumpkins.
  • La Chatelaine’s Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. (Don’t skip the croutons and cheese!)  The bakery atmosphere and warm cozy dining room with the stone fireplace make it the perfect place to be on a Fall day. I have to admit to eating this in the Spring on their patio, too. 
  • They say appetizer, I say entrée.  To each his own.  Matt the Millers Shrimp and Grits are absolutely crave-able.  Just writing about them makes me want to jump in my car and go.
  • An age old way to warm up: Bravo Cucina Italiana offers hot Apple Cider with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum–and a new trendier way–their Apple Cider Martini.  They also offer a seasonal Pumpkin Crème brûlée.  It’s hard to improve on the traditional kind, but it is Fall after all.
  • Sunny Street Cafe’s Pumpkin Pancakes.  Think sweet cream sauce and butter with walnuts and cinnamon to top it off.  Breakfast and dessert have always been interchangeable in my mind anyway!
  • A Featured Dish for the chilly months at Kogen’s is called Beef Pho. (This is pronounced Beef Fuh–as in … “Uh, let me think about that.”) Traditional Vietnamese Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) is a hearty soup of Beef simmered for more than 8 hours with onions and spices. It is served with a side of vegetables and sauces that can be combined to create a custom flavor.  
  • The Morgan House serves warm Kendra’s Creamy Chicken Pot Pie.  It’s topped with puff pastry and served in a fun terra-cotta pot.  The hot mulled cider is very nice, too.
  • Something fancy?  Although you can get it year-round, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse will warm you up with their Steak Kosar.  It is a 7 oz. or 10 oz. filet mignon over bordelaise crowned with lobster and bearnaise; asparagus and mushroom caps.
  • What is Fall without Mac-n-Cheese?  And NOT the boxed kind.  Homemade style Mac-n-Cheese.  Hoggy’s Mac-n-Cheese is made-from-scratch and finished under the broiler so the top is slightly browned and crispy, but the inside is smooth and creamy. In my picky family, the kids don’t like ‘the brown stuff’.  Lucky for me, I do!  Yum!
  • Did Scotland invent comfort food?  It seems like everything on Digger & Finch’s menu says “come on in and get comfy.”  The two standouts for me are the Guinness Stout and Cheddar Soup and Scotland Yard’s Shepherd’s Pie.  The pie is made with ground chuck, lamb and pork simmered in cabernet, with carrots, onions and peas baked in a cheddar potato crust. You can start your diet tomorrow!
  • Just in time for Fall, Rusty Bucket has added some new menu items including three new wing sauces–mild with teriyaki, spicy with sriracha sauce and chipotle in the middle.  They also have added some new comfort foods including Short Ribs, Sloppy-Joes, Pork Wing Tacos and Shrimp Grilled Cheese. 
  • Traditional Fall comfort food, maybe not, but Gooseneck Tavern has added a few new ‘spicy’ dishes to their menu that are sure to warm you up. Boom Boom Shrimp, Willow Noodles, and Grilled Andouille Sausage and Shrimp all have a bit of a kick!

I haven’t found my favorite place to get chili–which is almost the very definition of comfort food.  Well, I have, but my mom doesn’t own a restaurant. 

There are so many great restaurants in and around Dublin that I could go on for a while here.  And surely I haven’t been to them all.  Do you have a favorite Fall restaurant dish? For more ideas, visit the extensive list of Dublin Ohio restaurant listings here.

 ~Post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of

In case you haven’t seen these beautiful photos of Dublin, Ohio, firefighters and police officers sporting the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games apparel, check them out on our brand new Web site.

Our models are really rocking the looks, aren’t they?  Show your support by ordering your own Dublin Can-Am Police-Fire Games polo, t-shirt or hat and tell the world you’ll be bringing the heat this August 15-22!

Don’t forget, if you know anyone who might be interested in playing in the Olympic-style games, direct them here. It’s an incredible opportunity to meet, bond with, and compete against other law enforcement and fire service personnel (and their spouses) while competing in 58 different events.  

– Post (and photos) by Kelly

Exciting news …  Dublin’s 2010 Canadian-American Police-Fire Games has just been named to the American Bus Association’s  list of “Top 100 Events 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Gamesin North America for 2010.”  The event will be held August 15-22 here in Dublin, Ohio.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered with the City of Dublin to secure the international event that will generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy, attract more than 2,500 attendees from across North America and generate an estimated 4,400 room nights for Dublin’s hotels. The week-long, Olympic-type competition among police officers and fire fighters will include 50-70 events, such as basketball, weight lifting, K-9 Police, track and field, toughest firefighter, cycling, etc. The competitions will be held at various locations across central Ohio with the event’s headquarters and accommodations for participants in Dublin.

ABA’s 2010 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games from among hundreds of U.S. and Canadian events nominated by state and provincial tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus. Judges considered the events’ broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and a variety of other relevant criteria.  Go here for more information about the 2010 event. For the ABA’s 2010 List of Top 100 Events in North America, go here.

In less than a year, Dublin, Ohio will host one of the largest events ever to be held in our city when the Canadian-American Police-Fire Games comes to town, August 15-22, 2010. The games will include 58 events and will attract an estimated 2,500 police, fire and EMS participants from across North Dublin OH Can Am Police Fire GamesAmerica. It is expected to generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy—as competitors and their families flock to Dublin, enjoying our outstanding hotels, attractions, restaurants and more.

The events will kick off with an opening ceremony that promises to be memorable to everyone in attendance. It will feature live music, SWAT team and K-9 demonstrations, a tug-of-war competition, a parade of flags, bagpipes and more. And that’s just the beginning. The following week will hold exciting displays of Olympic-type athleticism among the strongest police and firefighters in North America. Events will include Archery, Cycling, Bench Press, Police Motorcycle Skills, Pistol, Narcotics Dog, Toughest Firefighter Alive, Toughest Competitor Alive and many others. Competitions will be held at various locations across central Ohio with the event’s headquarters and accommodations for participants in Dublin.

How did Dublin land such a large international event? Can-Am Games officials selected Dublin for the 2010 Games from among 59 cities, chiefly for its strong community support and spirit. And that’s what we’re going to deliver. This is a great opportunity for local residents to get involved. Volunteers will be needed to assist with the events. Fans and spectators (admitted free to events) are encouraged to come cheer on the competitors—and show them a warm Ohio welcome. Online registration is now open for competitors and is limited, for some events. (Go here for more information.) For fans and spectators—stay tuned for details. This is going to be one event that you won’t want to miss.

-Post by Mary