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Jammin' at the Taste of Dayton

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    The Vindicator | Ariel Turner Millie Turner doing her best Debra Winger impres sion while her big sister, Macealynn Turner, cheers her on. They enjoyed the bull at the Evermar k booth that paid tribute to Gilley ’ s at t he 2023 Taste of Dayton.
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    The Liberty Health Care Center served patriotism, carrot cake, and apple pies. Chantell, Stephanie Semien, Mckenna Lucon, Brittany, Natasha Schatz, and Leann Butcher are Pictured lef t to right. The Vindicator | Ariel Turner
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    The City of Dayton had a rocking booth at the Taste of Dayton. Their theme was Nashville Rock N Roll. The beautiful ladies pictured left to right: Tammy Alexander, Jennifer Billings, Kimberly Judge, and Leslie Herrera.
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    JLA Realty shows off its award winning MTV booth at the Taste of Dayton. Alisha Cunningham, Kelsey Connor, Bridget Smith, Amanda Baker, Duby Salinas, Tammy Pratka, Nery Gonzales, Jim Cox, and Kim Stegall are Pictured. The Vindicator | Ariel Turner

DAYTON - A large crowd packed the Dayton Community Center this past Thursday, June 22, to experience what has become a beloved annual tradition as the Taste of Dayton was in full swing.

Hosted by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, this year’s theme was Jammin’ to the Juke Box, with Dolly Parton, Elvis, and many other attendees handing out treats to attendees.

“ The Taste of Dayton is growing every year and is definitely one of the most popular events for the Chamber,” said chamber director Staci Wise.

Some booths included an ode to yesteryear and spanned various musical genres.

Gilley’s nightclub was brought back to life by Evermark, including bull riding for some of the younger folks, maybe just a tad younger than were allowed in the old Pasadena haunt.

Others paid homage to a byegone era in music.

The folks at JLA Realty even included music with their MTV booth, which was voted the best- decorated booth with a Back to the 80s theme.

And, of course, the Taste of Dayton wouldn’t be complete without lots of tasty food, and Southern Elite Mortgage Services left eventgoers wanting more Cheesy Brisket Mac & Cheese, which garnered them the best food award on the night.

According to Wise, there were nearly 400 in attendance, and over 40 businesses participated.

The event will also be the final for Wise, who will leave the chamber this week to follow other professional pursuits.

“ I have enjoyed the challenge of serving the Dayton Chamber of Commerce members. I’m thankful for a role that has allowed me to grow professionally,” said Wise.

Wise believes the chamber will find the right fit and keep things moving for the Dayton community.

“ I will miss my ambassadors and board members. I’m thankful for all their ideas and hard work that helped the chamber grow over the last year,” said Wise.

Wise also wanted to thank the Dayton Community Center staff for their daily support and teamwork.

The Taste of Dayton was sponsored by Crossroads, Dayton Medical Center, Wendy’s, Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and Dayton Texas Economic Development Corporation.