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Dayton Days makes plans for 2020

Rodeo Planned for Memorial Day Weekend


December 5, 2019

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Dayton Days Inc. is planning a rodeo for Memorial Day Weekend, 2020. Here, local cowboy Tony Currin has a go at calf roping.

DAYTON–At a Membership Meeting attended by about two dozen people, Dayton Days, Inc. voted to continue as a corporation and opted to put on a rodeo Memorial Day Weekend 2020.

The November 25 meeting included resignations by long-time secretary Kathy Arnzen and treasurer Melissa Hansen.

Dayton Days will next meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, at the Youth Building.

Last May, Dayton Days, Inc. put on a rodeo, the first activity since horse racing stopped in 2011. At a meeting on November 11, the organization discussed future plans and possible dissolution of the corporation. With just about a dozen members in attendance, the decision to call a general membership meeting was made and set for November 25.

Member Roger Trump, saying that he was in favor of keeping an event going on Memorial Day, something following the Dayton Days parade that will keep visitors to Dayton in town, suggested there needs to be a 501(c)(3) tax status that will permit large corporations to make tax-deductible contributions. He added that it might receive additional support from large tracks. Trump made a motion to dissolve the corporation and, in accordance with the by-laws, distribute the remaining funds, about $9,500, to the Columbia County Fair Board.

After extensive discussion by the group, including the declining rate of volunteerism in society, the motion was voted upon by a show of hands, failing 13-7.

The group discussed holding another rodeo and the vote was unanimous to set a May 23 date.

Deanna Vandever, Candy Jones and Kaye Eaton volunteered to seek sponsorships. Board member Dewey Bell, Vandever and Lee Ann Literal volunteered to be on the Rodeo Committee.

Arnzen, whose involvement with Dayton Days began in 1988 when she was 15 years old, resigned from the position of secretary. She said she has put in her time and wishes someone else to go forward with the organization.

Hansen said she is in the same place as Arnzen, wishing the organization to continue, but ready to hand the treasurer duties to a successor.


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