Exercise your creativity this year for the chance to win cash prizes! The Dayton Community Development Association invites individuals, groups, businesses and families to make a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Harvest Festival, to be exhibited on Sept. 7th in downtown Dayton. The contest is open to all ages. The first, second, and third winners in each of four categories will win cash prizes, while “Best in Show” wins a dinner for two at the Joel Palmer House Restaurant. For contest rules and more details, download the entry form: 2013 Scarecrow Contest Application. The deadline to submit the entry form is August 31st.
A new interpretive marker was recently installed at Dayton’s historic Courthouse Square Park to honor Dayton’s founding father, General Joel Palmer, and to depict the Fort Yamhill Blockhouse’s relocation journey. General Palmer donated the land for Courthouse Square Park, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate him, the blockhouse was moved from Grande Ronde. The Fort Yamhill Blockhouse has been in Courthouse Square Park for over 100 years.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The City of Dayton provided matching funds for the grant.
The first edition of the Dayton Community News is out! The Dayton Community Development Association (DCDA) and the City of Dayton have created this newsletter to keep you informed on what we’re up to! Click on the link to read about what’s happening in Dayton. Dayton Community Newsletter
The community is invited to the dedication of the new Oregon Historical Marker in Courthouse Square Park on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Thanks very much to the volunteers at Oregon Travel Experience, the City of Dayton and the Dayton Community Development Association for this wonderful new addition to the park that will share Dayton’s heritage with visitors and residents.
The Dayton Community Development Association conducted an online survey in March on people’s shopping and restaurant preferences. We advertised the survey via direct emails, our website, and Facebook. We asked, “what do you want to shop for or eat in downtown Dayton?”. The results are in! The insights gathered from this survey will be used by the Dayton Community Downtown Association, local businesses and potential new business owners to customize their offerings to best serve your needs. We found that:
- Area residents are interested in supporting new, local businesses in Dayton, including suggestions for a Grocery/Market, Casual Dining, and Local Art/Gift Shop.
- Several creative ideas were also proposed, such as a hardware store, bike shop or bridal salon.
- Due to the lack of options in Dayton, most people currently drive the 20 minutes to shop in McMinnville and spend their grocery dollars there
- Most area residents dine out at least once per week and spend between $25 and $50 on dinner for two (nearly a third spend over $50)
- Local Newspapers and Social Media are the top sources for local news and information, and should be considered key advertising channels for any new business in Dayton.
Read the full report here: DCDA Survey Results