Dayton in 1,000 Words


by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

This summer I’d like to take a few weekend posts to give you a little glimpse of what life is like in Dayton. Last week marked the biggest event of the year for Rhea County residents—the annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival:

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This year's theme was Mardi Gras:

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I suppose we should be proud of the fact that our county jail is secure enough to host the "play place" in its parking lot?

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People dress their kids (and their dogs) for the occassion:

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There are plenty of ways to kill yourself along the parade route:

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Vendors sell everything from hats to crafts to jellies to woodwork to organic soaps to songs...

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...to God

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A fun time was had by all, especially by my friend Jill, who will be absolutely thrilled to see this picture online:

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So, are you 50, 75, or 100% sure you're going to heaven? (As you can imagine, my conversation with that particular vendor was...interesting.)

Is your hometown famous for any festivals?

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