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Live blog: Sizzling Summer give-away at Cheap Seats (updated 7:54 p.m.)

Sara Kaplow • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

We're already here at Cheap Seats and boy, does it smell yummy. We're giving out Sizzling Summer cruise tickets, so stop by and get on board before it's too late!

6:03 p.m.

We're here at Cheap Seats on Milan Road, getting ready to hand out some tickets. In addition to us being here (which is always a treat), they also have a $10 all-you-can-eat wings buffet going on. I haven't tried their wings (yet), but you really can't go wrong with anything all-you-can-eat. 

We'll be at Cheap Seats until 8 tonight giving away tickets for our end-of-summer booze cruise on September 8. This is one of your LAST chances to win, so make sure you stop by so you're not left out. 

Last year we had people trying to buy tickets off of us after our events were done, but we couldn't help 'em. You HAVE to show up to win.

Some other items of note here at Cheap Seats: they have weekly dinner specials, and tonight's is a pork chop dinner. They also have a kids menu, so don't be afraid to bring the little ones out (there's also a nice warning on the juke box to please not play inappropriate music during dinner).

This is my first time here, and I have to say that it looks like a great place to watch the game. Tons of TVs, including a big projector screen, all showing (at the moment), the Little League World Series (slow day in sports, what can I say?). 

6:13 p.m.

We have our first winner! Charlene Faulkner it is! 

They just put the wings out and damn, they smell good. I ordered some fried mushrooms (as usual), but I'm thinking of ponying up 10 bucks to get some of those delicious smelling wings. 

So we discovered upon arrival that they have a team "Name That Tune" contest on Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. I'm thinking the Funcoast team could be pretty good at that, so we may be coming back next week to test out our skills. 

More people are trickling in. Ooh, here come my mushrooms. They're good, deeply, deeply fried but good and juicy. 

6:24 p.m.

So a guy (I assume he works here, but maybe he's just a nice guy) came and gave us some awesome prize packs - huge buckets full of stuff like t-shirts, stuffed animals, key chains... who doesn't love free stuff? 

Our second winner is Sandy Glassner, who told us how much fun she had on last year's cruise. We have fans! Last year really was a blast, and this year should be even better. We have more time on Kelleys Island, so that's more time enjoying the island life, drinking, eating, consuming strawberry shots... 

There's some live music going down right now, setting the mood a bit. 

At any rate, the big news is the new prizes - including some Cheap Seats gift certificates. It's not to late to hop in the car and come on down.

6:37 p.m.

Adam Spitler is our entertainment for the evening, playing some lighter rock stuff like John Mayer. 

Our latest winner is Mary Anne Hauser! She took home not only a set of booze cruise tickets, but also a bucket of beads, koozies, Cheap Seats gift certificates and other fun stuff. 

It really is getting busy in here. We're going to have to start pulling tickets a little faster. Believe it or not, we really want everyone to come on board the booze cruise, but we don't control what names come out of the fishbowl. You just have to keep trying until you win!

Thinking about what to eat next (a constant predicament, no?). I've heard good things about the burgers, but the wings are right there just waiting to be eaten. Hmmm...

Another winner! Abi Spitler, who is unfortunately a bit young to come with us to Kelleys Island, still walked away with some t-shirts and fun stuff. 

6:51 p.m.

Here are a few photos of the festivities for your viewing pleasure. 

And a couple of more winners: Lori Craig and Jeremy Gale. 

7:06 p.m.

More winners! Sue Scheck and Sherrie Wadd took home some booze cruise tickets and buckets full of stuff. 

One of the highlights of the evening so far has been the shall we say elder gentleman dressed up as a ships captain and his companion, an older woman dressed as a kind of sexy cop. Had we but known, we would have come in our firefighter suit. 

We're still enjoying tunes from Adam (and will be until 8). I'm thinking up and making some requests. Rolling Stones, perhaps? 

The bar is pretty well full now, and truthfully, so are the tables. People are enjoying the wings, the music, the booze (happy hour prices!) so what's not to love? 

More and more people are signing up for the summer cruise, which means it's getting harder and harder to win. Silly rabbits, should have come out earlier! 

Just FYI, our LAST Sizzling Summer cruise event is next Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Kalahari Resort (at the Reserve, their totally re-done restaurant). If you weren't at our first Kalahari event, you missed out on some AMAZING prizes. Seriously, I was kind of upset that i wasn't allowed to win. They were giving out water park passes, zip line passes, meals at the Reserve... it was awesome. 

I will say it's a little more difficult to announce winners because of the live music, but it's adding some nice atmosphere and sure beats uncomfortable silence. Anyway, Ashley F. is pretty loud (in a good way!). 

Ok, time for a beer and maybe... a burger? Wings? Tricky...

7:20 p.m.

You know what sucks? Our Spotted system is completely down, so it's going to take us a few days to post all the photos from tonight. But I couldn't resist posting a photo of our policewoman/captain combo, so here they are:

And a few more winners: Mary Jane Bickley, Devon Turton and Angelina Leto!

7:37 p.m.

We love when people walk in and say "wow, it's busy in here."

A couple of more winners: Beth Payne, Jerel Nelson and Jessica Butler.

So here's an insider secret: we're giving away DOUBLE prizes at 8 p.m. - two sets of booze cruise tickets, more Cheap Seats gift certificates and a bucket full of fun stuff - so hurry up and get out here!

I'm waiting on an order of fries. I took a peek at someone else's, and they look like those yummy, greasy, boardwalk fries. Love love love. 

I've decided that we should live live acoustic music in the office. It helps mellow things out. And beer. And fries. Hmm. Maybe I should just work in a bar...

7:54 p.m.

Tons more winners as we wind down here at Cheap Seats. Congrats to Chas Waddington, Rebecca Koch, Shawna Payne and Sparkel Miller. 

As I said, we'll be at Kalahari next Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and that is your absolute LAST chance to win tickets for our Sizzling Summer cruise. We'll be giving away tons of great stuff, so come on out and hang with us. 

Also, if you're looking for yummy french fries, put Cheap Seats on your list. We've had a lot of fun hanging out here, eating, drinking, listening to the music and giving stuff away. We'll see you next week!

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