DAYTON, Iowa- Over 9 inches of rain fell on Dayton last Friday, but that will not stop the 78th Edition of the Dayton Rodeo. The heavy rains turned a small creek into a raging river almost waist deep through the campground adjacent to the rodeo.
“It was hard to come down here most of the roads were closed with water,” said Jesse Green, Director of the Dayton Rodeo. “This was something we’d never seen before.”
The rodeo had some damage to equipment inside a couple of buildings, and some roads and parking areas have been getting gravel this week.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails about a cancellation but it’s still a go, and we’re ready for it,” said Clayton Bills, President of the Dayton Wranglers Club, which puts on the Rodeo.
The rodeo arena was turned into a lake, which is drying in the hot sun this week. Rodeo officials expect the venue to be ready to go when thousands of rodeo fans descend on this small Webster County town starting Friday.
Rodeo officials say they are ready, and will doubt if rodeo fans will notice any difference caused by the heavy rains.
“Everybody was a little bit on edge, as soon as the rain stopped, we got to work,” said Green. “Things came together pretty good.”
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