Dayton Chamber Enjoys Record Crowd at Annual Banquet

Latimer Student Center at Bryan College sees record crowds at the 71st Dayton Chamber of Commerce Banquet (ElmerHarris/RheaReview)

Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s 71st Annual Banquet enjoyed a record attendance to celebrate the city’s thriving businesses and the organization that supports them all.

Held in the Latimer Student Center at Bryan College, the packed house was treated with a sneak peek of the redesign of the Rhea County Historic Courthouse and Museum and an opportunity to hear Keynote Speaker Dennis Tumlin.

“It was the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” says Cynthia Rodriquez who’s served as the Executive Assistant for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce for more than 17 years.

“It’s very liberating to see how many people came out to see how many people came to out to support the chamber this year.  The chamber keeps getting stronger and stronger.  It’s very encouraging to see all the businesses supporting us.”

Rodriguez says she was equally thrilled with the recipients of the chamber’s most prestigious awards.

  • Businessman of the Year – Dennis Tumlin, RECD
  • Businesswoman of the Year – Leah Michelle O’Neill, Paint the Town Pottery and Gifts
  • Volunteer of the Year – Dean Wilson, Memory Lane Photos
  • Ambassador of the Year – Janice Pendergrass, Bryan College

In their 71 years, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in not only supporting local businesses but also planning and organizing the Tennessee Strawberry Festival.

The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is not only the biggest event on the Rhea County calendar but also one of the grandest celebrations in the area.  This year’s theme is “Destination Strawberry Station…All Aboard!”.

Visit the festival’s website here for a complete schedule of events.  To learn more about the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, visit their website here.

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