DAYTON (WDTN) – Plans to bring a longtime rodeo back to Dayton will have to wait for another year.
The Box 21 rodeo scheduled to begin on Friday night has been canceled.
The event was supposed to run from Friday through Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
But, a post on the fairgrounds’ website says the event has been canceled with plans to bring it back in 2017.
The post says, in part, “Due to an unforeseen, unavoidable and extremely unpleasant turn of events, the Box 21 Rodeo is being postponed until 2017.”
The post goes on to say, “This has been a very difficult decision that has been milled about by our executive board/line officers and discussed to its fullest, but we have not been able to reach a compromisable solution.”
The rodeo has traditionally been used as a fundraiser for Box 21, with all proceeds being used to buy emergency and first aid equipment.
Box 21 is an all-volunteer emergency service organization, with funding provided strictly through donations, fundraisers and dues paid by members. The group does not bill for services.
The organization is 80 years old and has put on the rodeo for over 50 years. This year was supposed to be the return of the rodeo after a 14-year absence.