Monday, July 21, 2014

Dayville - Celebration in Small Town America

We return to Dayville where they continued to celebrate their 100th Birthday Celebration as a city over the July 4th weekend.    I wrote an article about Dayville back in October with their centennial  kickoff  last October...
Many facts are presented about Dayville that are written in the above post, so you can catch up on the  historical aspect of this great little town as well as their unique scarecrow display fitting for the Fall event last October.

By the time this is posted, July 4th is now a memory for this year.  However, I wanted to bring to you, my readers, the festive events held in celebration of  Dayville's 100th birthday and a tribute to Independence Day as only small town America can do.  The parade is a highlight every year on this day and I include a few photos which show the community and national spirit generated by July 4th...
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Bringing the wild west to life, Rudio Riders Revenge Play was a spoof featuring a store robbery at a mock western town located at the local mercantile store.  The play came complete with the good guys/gals and the bad guys/gals.  A regular shoot-em-up horse riding entertainment complete with a red hatted sheriff, salon gal, preacher, bride and groom, just to name a few...

Dayville hosted a community breakfast, barbeque and hamburger stands, dance, live music - just to name a few of the weekend events available for the public to enjoy.  Of course, there was the traditional fireworks on Saturday evening to mesmerize the gathered crowd.  

In my last post, I wrote about celebrating July 4th in Ireland at an ancient castle.  Today's post covers a July 4th spent in Dayville, which is the Eastern Gateway to the John Day Fossil Beds.  Before castles were built, fossils existed and there is quite a history telling the story of ancient Oregon right in our own back yard. 

Join me on Monday, August 4 for the next post on The Turn-Up Patch.  Until then, here is a freedom reminder for you... "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refresh - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." - Dwight D. Eisenhower


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