Dayton Heritage Day scheduled for Sept. 21

by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The city of Dayton is hosting its annual Dayton Heritage Day Saturday, Sept. 21.

Lunch will be served at the Dayton Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The dedication of Sue McLean Park and Paul Plude Gardens will take place at noon on Levee Street.

Susan McLean was raised in Dayton, the daughter of a tavern owner and a schoolteacher whose family roots date back to the 1800s. She forged a career in the music industry spanning over 30 years, focusing on cultivating Minnesota based talent, and formed strong friendships with names like Edda James, Lyle Lovett, and Jonny Lang. McLean was a constant contributor to Dayton Heritage Days and will be honored at the renaming of Mississippi Park to Susan McLean Park at noon.

Following the dedication will be the Heritage Day Parade at 1 p.m. also on Levee Street.

The city of Dayton has appointed Carol and Gladys Plude as Grand Marshals. The Plude family has a long history in the Dayton area which will be outlined by the Dayton Historical Society in a display during the festival. The Plude family settled in the Dayton area around 1870. They farmed 60 acres of land along what is now Wright County Hwy 37, about three miles from St. John the Baptist Church which they purchased for $400. Later, in 1934 the Plude family purchased the first school bus to transport students from the rural areas of Dayton and Rogers to high school in Elk River — thus began the Plude bus service. The bus business grew through the years as the population grew. There were over 20 busses in the fleet when the family sold the company to Vision Transportation in 2001. The family still manages the Rogers division.

During Heritage Day the Wonderful World of Woody will provide kids entertainment, magic and music after the parade at 2:45 p.m. Kids games, face painting, minnow races, a giant fire truck slide, crafts and food will be provided for families and residents following the Heritage Day Parade. There will also be a homemade pie event and ice cream social at the Senior Center at 2:30 p.m. Beer and wine tasting is provided by Coyote Liquor throughout the day on Saturday. The Beer Garden is sponsored by the Dayton Lions.

Saturday afternoon live music by “Walt and the Boys” will begin at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. the “Bobby Harris Band” will perform. Finally, from 7 to 11 p.m. there will be live music and a show by “Mostly Cash.”

The Dayton Historical Society will be open all day for an open house at the McNeil Building in Historic Village.


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