Out of concern for public health and safety, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Redbud Festival.
We know that residents and visitors alike have been looking forward to the shopping, dining and entertainment that the festival provides as well as shopping with our local businesses. When we originally postponed from April to late June, we were hopeful that it would be enough time to feel safe in inviting thousands of people to Dayton.
Unfortunately, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. Once the curve begins to flatten, a containment strategy for the region and the state will be put into place. We do not foresee it being advisable or responsible to have a large crowd in one place by June 20th.
We remain hopeful that the 41st Annual Dayton Days/Autumn Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 and we look forward to seeing the vendors and shoppers then.
In the meantime, please support local businesses and restaurants. It has been a very difficult time for small town businesses and they need our support! We invite you to visit downtown Dayton and The Dayton Market throughout the summer.
Follow our Facebook page(s) and those of our local businesses to stay informed on promotions, on-line shopping opportunities, openings and other information.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
A New Shade of Blue will be bringing entertainment to Dove Park as part of our summer concert series! Come out for an evening of bluegrass entertainment from 7-9 p.m. This is a free outdoor concert, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for an enjoyable Saturday night in Dayton! There’s plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing and listen to some great music! This event was previously advertised as a “BYOB” event; however, due to public health and safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be allowing any alcoholic beverages at this event.
Ben and Bubba started playing music together as high school students. As they walked the halls playing and singing, they quickly realized that there was potential for something more. In 2009 the band Dixie Pride was formed. The two, along with Ricky and Jacob, performed across the state of Virginia. Due to life changes going into adulthood, the band decided it was best to take a break. Years later Ben and Bubba decided it was time to rekindle, and again, pursue their passion for bluegrass music. Thus in 2017, A New Shade of Blue was established, from the central part of the great Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Ben Gooden (Mandolin) and Bubba Schroeder (Banjo) joined by Wayne Turner (Guitar) and David Knicely (Bass), quickly rose in popularity across the valley and surrounding areas. In 2019 a fifth person was added to the group, George Aschmann (fiddle). With drive, stage presence, and a great blend of vocal harmonies; A New Shade of Blue delivers enjoyable bluegrass entertainment.
Josh Davidson will be bringing entertainment to Dove Park as part of our summer concert series! Come out for an evening of entertainment from 7-9 p.m. This is a free outdoor concert, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for an enjoyable Saturday night in Dayton! There’s plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing and listen to some great music! This event was previously advertised as a “BYOB” event; however, due to public health and safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will NOT be allowing any alcoholic beverages at this event.
Josh Davidson hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He is a local artist that plays a wide variety of genres including country, southern rock, folk, blues, and some contemporary modern pop. He started playing music when he was 16 and continues to improve his craft. His musical inspiration has been Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tyler Childers and Chris Stapleton. He plays both cover songs and originals.
What started as a Merle Haggard Tribute among a Grottoes family has turned into Big City Band. BCB plays a mixture of traditional country, classic and southern rock. Come join all the BCB fans (better known as BCB Strangers) for an evening of great music from 7-9 p.m. in Dayton’s Dove Park on August 29, 2020. This is a free outdoor concert, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spend an enjoyable Saturday night in Dayton! There’s plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing and listen to some great music!
Join us for an evening of great music from 7-9 p.m. in Dayton’s Dove Park on September 19, 2020. This is a free outdoor concert, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spend an enjoyable Saturday night in Dayton! There’s plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing and listen to some great music!
Formed in 2001 by neighbors in the town of Port Republic, Everyday People takes its name from the Sly and the Family Stone tune of the same name. It is an apt name as not only does the 8 piece band play horn driven 60’s and 70’s soul, funk and R&B but all of the members are regular working folks living in the Shenandoah Valley.
The current line up is: Tom McKenzie (not pictured), Craig Hofstetter and Joel Cosner rounding out the horn section. Sharon Randolph and Ron Porter hold down the melodies. On electric guitar is Jim Cochrane, Alan Good on bass and Travis Whitmore on drums.
The band has changed and grown over the years while maintaining a focus on providing dance-able classic tunes from the Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown. Other material includes songs by Macy Gray, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and more. So if you like to dance and enjoy music that puts a smile on your face, c’mon out and join the party!
Dayton Days Autumn Celebration Postponed until October 2, 2021
Out of concern for public health and safety, the Town of Dayton has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 41st Annual Dayton Days Autumn Celebration until October 2, 2021.
We understand how important this festival is to vendors, participants, Dayton retail businesses, and to the community as a whole.
We held out hope all year that we would be in the position to host the festival as planned and have carefully monitored the COVID-19 situation. The CDC has listed the highest risk for the spread of Covid-19 as large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart. The safety and well-being of our participants and the community must be our top priority. Unfortunately, we have determined that it is not safe to proceed.
Much research and deliberation went into the decision making process, including:
- When we previously decided to move forward, it was based on the projections that the threat of COVID-19 would have passed. We knew there was a possibility of a fall resurgence, so we postponed financial commitments. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to surge in many parts of the country and it is very likely that it will still be a threat in October.
- We draw vendors and shoppers from outside our immediate area, including other states in the mid-Atlantic region, which could increase the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak/community spread.
- We were at the point of needing to put down deposits, expending funds, and beginning to spend significant staff time planning if we are to move forward.
- Current Phase III Guidelines would require:
- Additional signage.
- Crowd size not to exceed 1000 patrons.
- Ten feet of physical distance between participants who are not in same household. Lines for food and crafts would need to allow for six feet in between patrons and we would need to place markers on ground. We would have to navigate pedestrian traffic in a flow pattern so that all are going in same direction (one direction down Main, the other direction down College). Patrons would be encouraged or required to wear face masks.
- Special consideration for transportation would be necessary. Speaking with the transportation company we use for bus service, we were informed that, while they would still be able to accommodate our needs for Dayton Days, it would be very different this year. Under current guidelines, they would only be able to transport 50% of their normal occupancy at one time. Temperatures would be taken of each passenger prior to allowing entry and face masks would be required and would therefore need to be supplied on the buses. Buses would need to be wiped down after each trip. Even if we could secure additional buses, we would expect back-ups and it would not be possible for people to practice social distancing at bus stops. If we don’t provide transportation, it would be difficult to find parking in the area, greatly reducing the number of participants, frustrating thousands of potential shoppers & vendors, and harming the future of the event.
- Special consideration for golf carts, eating areas/tables, and port-a-johns would also be necessary. Under current guidelines, bathrooms and port-a-johns would need to be cleaned and disinfected every two hours. We would need to rent an increased number of hand washing stations to set up throughout. Tables & chairs would need to be wiped down at least every two hours. Golf carts will need to be wiped down and disinfected after each passenger. They would only be allowed to carry passengers that are in the same household at one time.
- All volunteers will need to wear a face mask/shield and gloves. Depending on the temperature, this could lead to overheating and volunteers may need to be scheduled in shorter shifts. We would need to order a large supply of masks, gloves, sanitizer, wipes, paper towels, cleaning supplies and disinfectant.
- Sound equipment would need to be cleaned and disinfected between bands.
- VDH would direct as to any special instructions/requirements they will have for food vendors.
- Deposits would be required for golf carts and portable toilets soon.
- It is anticipated that construction on the Mill Street Project will be in progress and not yet completed, which will interfere with the vendor locations, especially if we need to space vendors 10 feet apart under the Phase III guidelines.
- Schools have recently announced that children will only be attending school two days per week at the beginning of the school year. It seems strange to invite 30,000+ people to our town at a time when families are already making huge sacrifices in everyday activities.
Please understand that this is a very difficult and unprecedented decision, but one we feel is necessary to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks. We do not want to be responsible for an outbreak, especially given the expected crowd size and distance people travel. In addition to endangering public health, it would harm the reputation of the Town and its much loved event.
Although we could use CARES Act funding for some of the additional expenses related to the event, we do not know at this time what the return on investment would be for the Town or its businesses, as we do not know what the COVID-19 situation will be in early October and therefore do not know how many vendors or shoppers we would have. We believe direct grants to the businesses or a long-term dedicated marketing initiatives would benefit the businesses more in the long-run.
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Join us for an evening of great music from 7-9 p.m. in Dayton’s Dove Park on October 3, 2020. This is a free outdoor concert, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spend an enjoyable Saturday night in Dayton! There’s plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing and listen to some great music! Lead singer, L. A. Dickenson, is a local girl who grew up in Dayton. So, come on out and let’s give her a warm welcome from her hometown!
Danczet Rock Machine! A high energy bunch of fun covering your favorite Classic Rock, Dance Rock & Hair Band favorites.
The current band line up is:
Curtis Hite – Drums; L.A. Dickenson -Lead Vocals; Aaron Dove – Bass Guitar/Vocals; Josh Brooks – Guitar