Old engines and barbecue

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RaeLynn Halsrud, then 4, of Dayton, gives it her all during the kids pedal tractor pull during Dayton Old Engine Day in 2021.

DAYTON — Besides the cars, trucks, tractors and other things with an engine, visitors to Dayton Saturday for the 12th annual Dayton Old Engine Day will have a chance to try something delicious in Dayton Oaks Park.

Nate Stevens, who helps organize the event with the Dayton Community Club, said they’ve added a barbecue contest to this year’s lineup of events.

“We have seven entries lined up,” Stevens said. “They’ll be cooking chicken and pork loin. The winner is decided by people’s choice and there will be a vote for each one. Contestants are competing for a purse and a trophy.”

The meat for the barbecue contest comes from the Dayton Community Grocery Store, he said.

The tasting starts at 2 p.m. Each plate is $5.

The day starts off with the car show at 11 a.m.

“Our car show is unique in that it includes cars, tractors and anything with an engine,” Stevens said. “It’s free to enter and free to attend. Everyone gets to vote, it’s strictly people’s choice.”

Children ages 4 to 11 can test their strength and pedaling abilities in the Kids Pedal Pull starting at 1 p.m. Entry is free and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

Later in the day, starting at 3 p.m., there will be a bags tournament.

“The grownups can blow off some steam,” he said.

Each year’s Dayton Old Engine Day features a raffle. This year, it’s a John Deere pedal tractor and a very special pedal car Stevens painted for the occasion.

“It’s purple,” he said. “This is the 10th anniversary of the death of Kathlynn Shepard. We thought it would be a good way to honor her.”

Raffle tickets for the two leg-propelled vehicles are $1 or six for $5.

The final event will be a tractor ride coming into town and ending up at the park in the morning.

Dayton will also be having its citywide garage sales on Saturday.

Stevens said they’re doing it for the fun.

“We’re not doing it to make money,” he said. “We’re doing it to give people something to do and to encourage people to come visit Dayton. Everything is free except that plate of barbecue.”

The event is sponsored by the Dayton Community Club.


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