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Former ag show designed for broader audience

By Staff | Feb 13, 2014

DAYTON – The Dayton Expo: it’s not just about agriculture anymore.

Previously titled the The Dayton Ag Expo, the annual vendor show was regeared in 2013 and is now geared toward all genres, not just specifically agriculture.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Dayton Community Center and Gym.

Meredith Gallentine, one of the show’s coordinators, said the expo was reorganized last year after a hiatus in 2012.

“We took a year off to re-group and change it up a little bit,” said Gallentine. “We have opened it up to other venues.”

The Dayton Expo, hosted by the 28 E Board and the Dayton Community Club, is expected to feature more than 60 vendors that should appeal to most any visitor.

This year, the show will include a variety of home-based businesses, more than in 2013, she said, and other vendors, still appealing to the agricultural interests as well as health care vendors.

Special exhibits include:

A). Services and program available from the Webster County Iowa State University Extension Service.

B). Van Diest Medical Center.

C). Grandview Health Care Center.

D). Tupperware, Scentsy and Norwex.

Gallentine said the expo is a chance for new businesses to get their name to the public and get exposure, as well as established businesses to refresh acquaintances with customers and for home-based businesses that many may not know about.

During the Dayton Expo, Casey’s will be providing free doughnuts in the morning and coffee as long as they last.

Free peanuts and popcorn for snacking is available throughout the day.

The Webster County Pork Producers will be cooking a free meal beginning at noon.

Gallentine said the Dayton Expo will be geared to all ages.

“We want everyone to check out our businesses,” Gallentine said, “and shop local and help support our community and come see what Dayton is all about.”

Under the former name of Dayton Ag Show, this is a long-running event that was started by Richard Tell, of Dayton, and was led for several years by Sid Sandholm.

Noting their passion for the show, Gallentine said “They were very proud about the expo, and so are we.”

Gallentine said the show is organized by volunteers.

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