Correction: During the City Council meeting on March 15, several featured performers were mentioned, including Entertainer Kim Chi, a Korean-American drag queen, artist and television personality who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The City now says that while the performer’s name was mentioned during the meeting, Chi is not under contract and will not be invited.
Regarding the misperception, based on a video that was presented to city council, City Manager Theo Melancon apologized for any confusion it may have caused.
“I take responsibility for not being explicit that our lineup is not final and contracts were not finalized with any of celebrities shown. Amanda Wilson and staff have worked diligently to promote this event along with volunteers. Due to their work, celebrities have expressed interest in coming to Dayton. The video was meant to show a concept of what a DayGaCom event could be based on interest expressed. We are excited to bring this event to life and will work hard to put together an event that our community will embrace,” he said.
Superheroes and villains, and a collection of other colorful characters, will be at the Dayton Community Center May 7-9 for the inaugural DayGaCom, which the City of Dayton hopes to make an annual event.
DayGaCom is a pop culture extravaganza that combines a comic book convention, also known as a comic-con, and family-friendly board games, laser tag events, wrestling matches and food trucks. Event-goers who attend comic-cons are known for cosplay, which involves dressing up as their favorite cartoon hero or villain. During the event, fans of cosplay can enter costume competitions.
However, there will be laser tag competitions and wrestling matches on the community center grounds. Six wrestling matches will be held per day. The City is working to secure wrestling legends Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Booker T to greet fans and sign autographs.
For all three nights of the event, an outdoor movie will be featured at the gazebo. A gaming truck will also provide entertainment.
For people who enjoy games, there will be tabletop and electronic game options inside the community center.
“We will have food trucks and a specialized tattoo artist who will be there showing off his art,” said Amanda Wilson, director of the Dayton Community Center.
Comic book artists with a background with DC, Marvel and other comic book publishers will also be on hand to discuss their work and sign autographs.
The City plans to use the DayGaCom event to promote its city-owned and operated $13.7 million fiber optics project called Daynet. When completed, Daynet will offer high-speed Internet to 98 percent of the residents and businesses in the city. The fiber optics system promises to provide remarkably fast upload and download speeds of 1 GB per second. The Daynet project is being funded by a municipal bond approved by Dayton City Council in 2020.
“One of the main things is having a signup drive. The goal is to get 1,000 signups before October. We want to have 1,000 people ready to go so when we have contractors in town doing the installations and putting lines into houses that we are ready to go,” Melancon said.
The City of Dayton is following the lead of Mont Belvieu, which built its own fiber optics network and operates it like any other municipal utility service. Mont Belvieu reportedly sold the Internet system to nearly a third of its residents before it was even operational.
Mont Belvieu set a high benchmark, but it’s one that Melancon hopes to meet and possibly exceed.
“If we can get to 1,000 signups by October, we will be ahead of where Mont Belvieu was at the same time. Mont Belvieu has been a superb success story. We don’t want to just mimic them. We want to beat them,” said Melancon, jokingly.
If you are interested in signing up for the fiber network in Dayton, go online to https://www.cityofdaytontx.com/daynet/index.php and complete the attached form.
For more information on Day Ga Com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-258-6630.