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Buckeye Blowout Scheduled for Tomorrow
Posted on: 09/13/2013
By  Andy Rex
Now in its 18th year, the Buckeye Blowout lets Ohio State football fans get together to watch a game that many fans – even if they could – wouldn’t likely travel to.
The event is co-sponsored by WMOA and the Pioneer Club – the local chapter of the Ohio State Alumni Association.  WMOA owner and general manager Johnny Wharff says it’s a great get together for a wonderful cause.
“We get together for an Ohio State Buckeye game, and try to make it the biggest tailgate this side of Columbus.  It has worked very well for us in the last several years.  The proceeds from all the beer sales and admission to get in – which is very reasonable – goes to send area students to the Ohio State University on behalf of our scholarship fund at the Pioneer Club.”
He says over the course of the event, the proceeds have helped a lot of area youth continue their education.
“We’ve been doing this since 1996, and over $70,000 has been raised from just this one event.  So, we’re very proud to have been a part of it and one of the original idea makers of it, and been there for every one of them.  A lot of folks will show up that are proud to say they haven’t missed one as well.  $70,000 right back into our community, directly related to sending students – helping them pay tuition and costs that are associated with going to college at the Ohio State University.”
And, Wharff says he never imagined the event would keep growing year after year. 

“Our first one back in 1996, it was cold, it was rainy.  We had stuff blowing around in tents, and it was a mess.  We wondered if there would ever be another one.  Since then, we have had great success.  The crowds have been great.  We always try to get a decent weather night, in this case, so that when we have the projection screen, it’ll be the best visual for folks to watch the game.  It’s just a good atmosphere to be around a bunch of Buckeye fans.  We’re looking forward to it, and hope folks will come out and support a very good cause.”
This year’s Buckeye Blowout will be held in the Tiber Way parking lot at the corner of Second and Butler Streets.  Admission is $5.  Gates open at 5:00, with kickoff set for 7:00 in Berkley.
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