Dayton can throw a great shindig.
Throughout its history, there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate, whether it was honoring aviation pioneers, revering an Olympic champion or opening a train station.
Here are seven examples of parties we wished we had been invited to.
The Arcade Charity Festival drew large crowds eager to see “one of the country’s most modern and complete structures of its kind.” Inside the Arcade numerous booths were set up in the interest of “sweet charity.” Visitors of all ages snacked on fruit, popcorn, candy, ice cream and cake. (Read more...)
The “perfume of roses scented the room while dance melodies by Marion McKay’s orchestra floated through the ballroom and the inviting lounges beyond,” at a grand dinner dance for 1,000 that marked the opening of the Biltmore Hotel. (Read more ...)
A crowd estimated to be between 6,000 and 8,000 attended the dedication of the Dayton Airport which featured “air stunts” and “talks by men prominent in aviation circles.” (Read more ...)
A parade, led by the Sons of Veterans drum corps, formed at Jefferson Street and marched to a flagstaff at the southeast corner of Memorial Hall, Dayton’s “palace of peace.” (Read more ...)
More than 1,000 Dayton public school children holding American flags walked alongside Olympic champion Edwin Moses and his wife as they waved to the crowd on the streets. (Read more ...)
"Swaying forms of thousands upon thousands of individuals were stacked like sardines in a box,” wrote a newspaper reporter describing the celebration parade for the Wright brothers when they returned to Dayton. (Read more ...)
Crowds paid 10 cents each for admission to Union Station when it was dedicated in 1900. They marveled at the blue and white decorations, ate ice cream and confections and twirled across a platform reserved as a dance floor. (Read more ...)
The spectators at a Dayton Triangles game, “the biggest crowd that ever witnessed the opening of the professional grid season in this city,” glimpsed a Dayton shutout victory at the first professional football game. (Read more ...)
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