This Day in Dayton, 15 July
Dayton Sesquicentennial July 15-17, 1977. During the three-day weekend in July 1977 Dayton celebrated 150 years of existence as a town. The town committee published a history titled “Sesqui 77: A History of Dayton, Indiana, 1827 - 1977.” A July 7 article by Kevin Cullen in his “Been There” column in the Journal and Courier told of the upcoming event. Activities began on Friday, the 15th with a threshing demonstration, a Smorgasboard supper, music by the New Daytones, a spelling bee, a square dance, and the crowning of the Queen. Saturday there was another threshing demonstration, children’s activities, a horseshoe pitching contest, a model airplane demonstration, a muzzle loaders demonstration, the Fire Department fish fry, and free old silent movies. Board member Paul Winstead described the Sunday activities as “an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon community visit.” At 10:30 Sunday, in the school gym, a joint church service was held by the two churches (Methodist and Memorial Presbyterian), followed by a dinner, an open house at the post office with commemorative envelopes for sale, the Blue Grass Singers, and a parade. The closing event was a performance by the Heritage Singers at the school gym. Also available were booths, food booths, demonstrations, antiques and other displays. The dulzimer players provided music during the festival.