Dayville was incorporated as a town in 1914 so this year marks the town's centennial. The rest of the world might not take much notice, but this year we pulled out all the stops to commemorate this event appropriately. We did this without the resources that many other communities take for granted.
The population of Dayville is around one hundred and fifty persons. If we include all those residing within a thirty kilometer radius of the town, we might find another two hundred people. So, at most, we have four hundred souls from babies to creaky old folks to do everything we can do as a community.
We started out on the 3rd with a community \"pot luck\" supper. A \"pot luck\" means everyone contributes one dish. Usually each person brings something they are especially proud of and the result is a wide variety of excellent food. We had an old-time fiddlers and pickers jam session at the supper that kept going for hours after the supper had ended.
On the 4th we started with a breakfast at the local Presbyterian church, followed by a farmer's market/flea market, then the traditional 4th of July parade where parade participants toss candy and the occasional water balloon at the spectators.
The area in front of the Dayville Mercantile, the local general store, became, with a little volunteer help, the stage for a play titled \"Rudio Riders Revenge\". Later in the afternoon, we had a fund-raising carnival for the school and a duck race in the South Fork of the John Day River and a fishing derby at the local trout farm.
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the park doing the traditional 4th of July things: hot dogs, burgers, and barbeque, a horseshoe tournament, a history program a school carnival, pie contests, cookie auctions and another barbeque in the evening.
The next day the big event was the 5k run/walk/bike on the South Fork Road. Later a Kid's Fishing Derby at the local trout farm. Then back to town for a scavenger hunt, gospel music. A local resident with an extensive knowledge of the geology and paleontology of this area gave a thoroughly interesting lecture on the prehistory of Dayville.
The Dayville school reunion (average class size: 8) was the high point of the afternoon and the town was full of people who had last seen Dayville thirty years ago. After the reunion events at the school the whole town gathered for and all ages dance at the town hall
We did our fireworks after sundown on the 5th so as not to interfere with fireworks displays in neighboring communities. All of this was accomplished by volunteers with very limited finances and abundant enthusiasm. The results weren't real flashy or particularly polished by the standards of our more sophisticated urban centers. But everybody got a chance to participate and everyone had fun. We didn't have any slick computer generated effects, not much glitter, or big name stars. It was all home grown, local, organic simple and friendly
You know, we kind of like it that way.
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