At the 1974 Tennessee Strawberry Festival, a local lady was chosen as the Strawberry Festival Queen. Rhonda Maynor was crowned being the first since 1959. The Dayton Jaycees won the Grand Prize for their float in the parade. Helicopter rides were offered and were a big hit among festival attendees. Topping off the guest list was Tennessee’s Governor Winfield Dunn. Dunn was the 43rd Governor and the first republican elected in fifty years in Tennessee, serving from 1971 to 1974.
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