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Cannonfest is back for a fifth year in 2014

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

One of hockey's greatest fan-driven events is back and will be bigger than ever in 2014.

Cannonfest, which started five years ago as an informal cookout in the backyard of SB Nation's Matt Wagner (@bzarcher), is going to new heights once again. After outgrowing virtually every restaurant space in the greater Columbus area, the event moves to Strongwater Food and Spirits on Rich St. downtown.

The event is August 31 and features a little bit of everything that makes the Blue Jackets community great. There will be hockey discussion, of course (training camp will be less than a month away) and a lot of "putting names to faces and Twitter handles" which is always a neat part of the event.

Food will be supplied via some of Columbus' best food trucks, there will be beer and non-alcoholic beverages served at Strongwater and much more. Fan displays, a live podcast from DKM Hockey, raffles, you name it...THIS is one of the offseason hockey events you don't want to miss.

Here's more on Cannonfest, from Wagner's blog:

We wanted a space that would be unique to Columbus, that was just as much a part of our community as the team and the fans, and represented a lot of the same attitudes we've seen as the club built itself up "Brick by Brick." 

May I introduce our host and partner for the 2014 edition of Cannonfest, Strongwater Food & Spirits. With their help and the attached 3,500 square foot event space at the 400 W. Rich Street complex, we're stepping into a building that has been reinvented from the ground up, changing from a set of old unused warehouses to a dynamic home of local artists, farmers, food trucks, and performers. They've graciously opened their doors to us, and I look forward to filling that space with the sounds of our cheer and excitement.

Strongwater will be offering beers on tap and full bar service through the afternoon, but we aren't stopping there.

Another growing community in Columbus are the food trucks who have been appearing throughout the city with unique, flavorful, and local offerings, and we found a few friends there who are excited to join us. The Ajumama, and OH! Burgers food trucks will be there with unique and tasty offerings, and we encourage you to check out everything they're bringing to the party. (And there may be a few more trucks pulling up to offer you some unique treats!)

So we've promised food, we've promised drinks, and we've promised a party, but as you all know, we like to have a few more things up our sleeves for you.

Just to whet your appetite, what if I told you that our friends from DKM Hockey will be recording a live show with YOU that day? That we'll have even more amazing Blue Jackets memorabilia and collectables on display in their own dedicated room? That we'll be raffling off some unique prizes to support Defending The Blue Line and the CBJ foundation?

Somehow, if that's not enough to get you excited, perhaps you'll be interested to know that Papa John's, as an official team sponsor, is bringing "something special" to the event?

All this and we have even more surprises coming that we cannot wait to share.

The NHL season is just around the corner - let's get together and really start this thing off right!

Excited? Can't wait? Considering the construction of an elaborate cardboard time machine to help get you there faster? Let us know on twitter that you'll be there by tweeting out the hashtag #SeeYouAtCannonfest, and keep an eye on the #CannonfestV tag on Twitter and Facebook for more news!

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