Hot Potato! New Dayton festival all about POTATOES

The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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Like all of Dayton's best innovators, Janelle Henderson saw a problem and sought out a solution.

Turns out that solution is very starchy.

“I love potatoes a lot,” said Henderson, a local singer better know as Janelle Jaye, her stage name. “It kept bothering me as to why we (Dayton) do not have a potato festival.”

Spring Valley in Greene County has hosted a potato festival for four decades.

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The burning question gave birth to Henderson’s latest venture, the Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival.

The free, hot-out-of-the-deep-fryer event is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

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Henderson has her eyes (potatoes have eyes) on all kinds of potato dishes.

“Of course loaded baked potatoes, loaded red mashed potatoes, potato skins, Au-gratin potatoes, potato soup, potato pancakes, homemade potato chips, loaded French fries, sweet potato fries, sweet potato pie, sweet potato souffle, multi-colored fingerling potato dishes, maybe even perhaps potato substitutes like mashed cauliflower, she told us.

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Henderson has long been a friend of America’s favorite starch.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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That love intensified when she became a vegetarian a little more than two years ago.

“I have to contain myself sometimes,” she said. “I make really good red mashed potatoes.”

She is currently seeking vendors for the new event.

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A vendor application is available online at DaytonPotatoFestivalApp. 

Sponsorship and other questions should be directed to jayeenterprises2020@gmail.com.

“If all my sponsorships go well, I will have a band and a DJ, and radio promo prior to the event,” she said.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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The first Potatoes N’ Such: Dayton Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Courthouse Square.

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WANT TO GO? 

What: Potatoes N' Such: Dayton Potato Festival.

Where: Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton

When: noon to 8 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 12 at

Cost: Free

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