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Dayton Daze: new date Sept. 14, new costume party

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News from the Dayton Daze committee

DAYTON — Dayton Daze is changing and adopting a whole new face, and a new date this year—Sept. 14. It’s still the prime fundraiser for the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department, but this year begins a new tradition. This year Dayton Daze has a theme—Old West Heroes and Legends—and parade participants, patrons, and the curious are encouraged to dress up in western wear typical of the late 1800’s to 1900’s. Think Calamity Jane, Ma Barker, Miss Kitty, Pocahontas, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, or the Lone Ranger and Tonto; or better yet, look to your family history and recreate a legend from your own unique lineage. Every family has amazing stories filled with unsung heroes and distinctive characters. This is your chance to dig through your closet, or your great-grandmother’s trunk, to see what treasures you might find; or better still, trot down to the local second-hand store and create your own character out of cast-off skirts, corsets, vests, boots, or hats. (No guns, please.) You’d be amazed at the possibilities that lay hidden in the dark corners of the discount bin (and your imagination). 

Our judges will be milling through the crowd, looking for the best male costume and best female costume, with cash prizes to be awarded early in the evening. In addition to the usual parade (with vintage wagons this year), barbecue and dance, there will be games for the kids, photo opportunities and an auction for a donated 10-foot Walker Bay RID 305 with 14-foot mast and new oars (check this model out on the Internet)—the proceeds of which will be split between the Polson Veterans Honor Guard and the Chief Cliff VFD. This year’s big raffle prizes are a Remington 770/.270 caliber hunting rifle, a $100 gas card and tons of other donated prizes. Tickets can be bought from any volunteer firefighter, Camp Tuffit, the Lake Mary Ronan Lodge or the Idle Spur Saloon.

So pull out all the stops, pump up your imagination and make your plans to attend the best (and maybe the last) party of the summer, Sept. 14, (a week later than usual), at the Idle Spur Saloon. The parade lineup is at 2 p.m. the parade is at 3 p.m., with barbecue starting around 4:30 p.m.  

  See you there, in costume.


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