Dayton parade to celebrate postal service's anniversary

September 06, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

With a parade of tractors, antique cars and floats and stands of commemorative stamps and hot dogs, Dayton residents will hold the first Dayton "Daze" Parade and Picnic Sunday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the year the U.S. Post Office became the U.S. Postal Service, a self-sustaining enterprise.

This year's event is a spinoff of last year's Lenny Hobbs' Day -- a parade and festivities in tribute to Lenny Hobbs, 75, who has run his service station in the town for about 50 years, said Dayton Postmaster Dolores Moran.

"In this day and age, we need some sort of community event to pull everyone together," said Moran, who organized both events. "Last year's parade for Lenny was lots of fun for everyone, so we decided to do it again.

"The parade is a bright spot amid all the dismal things we see in our lives each day."

Lapel pins, mugs, tote bags and envelopes picturing a postal carrier and his horse and buggy will be sold to commemorate the 100th anniversary of rural mail delivery. A new stamp showing the original Dayton post office of 1864 also will be available, Moran said.

A poster-drawing contest, volleyball games, a pottery-making demonstration, live music and a bike-decorating competition for children will be featured.

Residents who have lived in Dayton for more than 65 years will lead the parade, which begins at 1 p.m. on Morning Star Drive. The parade will head down Ten Oaks Road and end at the Rod and Gun Club grounds on Green Bridge Road with a picnic.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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