Dayton Festival Features Hula Hoop Contest, Three-legged Race

Folks in nearby Dayton will be swinging their bats and their hips Sunday to raise money for the local community center during the fall festival at the town’s main city park.

The bats will be swinging as part of the softball game. That starts at 1 and is open to players who are at least 16 years old. Organizer Erin Kilbride says anyone who wants to play just needs to show up at 12:30.

The hips will start swinging around 3 when the Hula Hoops come out. At the same time, the three-legged races start, along with the pie eating contest. There’ll also be what Kilbride called the “Dress Your Best and Run” race.

She said the day wraps with a concert by Kid Chaos and the Afterthoughts playing 1970s and ‘80s tunes while the Dayton/Ranchester Rotary club serves food and the Dayton benefit club sells desserts.

Kilbride assures that all the money raised goes to a good cause – to programs provided by the non-profit Tongue River Valley Community Center.

One of those programs is coming right up, she said, a presentation by the nationally known author and hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis. She’s an endurance athlete who was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2012. She’ll be speaking on Monday night, Oct. 7, starting at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public.

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