Three Days of Wheeling Excitement in Dayton!

Dayton, Washington is gearing up for an electrifying Father’s Day weekend as it hosts its renowned annual event called All Wheels Weekend. This year’s event will celebrate 30 years of automotive fervor. From June 14 to June 16, the town will transform into a vibrant hub of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors and more, promising thrills for enthusiasts of all ages.

The festivities kick off on Friday evening with registration from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office at 202 E. Main St.

The excitement begins with the adrenaline-pumping Drag the Gut event, featuring the thunderous roar of nitro-fueled cackle cars — restored or recreated vintage dragsters. Participants can grab a punch card starting at 5 p.m. from either the Seneca parking lot at the east end of town or the Conoco station at the west end. Collect punches for a chance to win fabulous prizes in the grand prize drawing.

The action heats up with the Presentation of Cars at 6 p.m. in the Bank of Idaho parking lot, where enthusiasts can showcase their wheels and vie for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Cap off the evening with a stellar performance by the Frog Hollow Band at 7 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, alongside craft and food vendors eager to satisfy your artistic and culinary tastes.

Saturday morning gets into gear with registration opening bright and early at 6 a.m. and closing at 10:30 a.m., beginning a day packed with family-friendly fun. Kids can unleash their creativity at the Kids Zone in the Elk Drug parking lot, featuring activities such as sidewalk chalk drawing and painting of tee-shirts and faces.

Don’t miss the main event — the Show and Shine — showcasing an array of amazing vehicles. For more family fun, watch the Outlaw Lawn Mower Drag Races that promise thrills for all ages. Other highlights include the Crazy Costume Contest and Race, free pump-car rides at the historic Dayton Train Depot, a free movie screening at the Liberty Theater, more heart-thumping cackle-car demonstrations, and the presentation of trophies at 3:30 p.m. at the Train Depot on the corner of 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Throughout the weekend, you can also explore a diverse range of craft and food vendors and support local downtown businesses that are eager to extend a warm welcome.

Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday for the All Wheels Weekend Demolition Derby at the nearby Columbia County Fairgrounds, and the action begins at 5. A beer garden will be open for adults over 21. Tickets for the derby are $15 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6 to 11, and free for kids 5 and under. For just $30, you can purchase a family pass that ‘s good for two adults and two children under 12. To participate in the derby, visit the event website for rules and registration fees.

But that’s not all. Stay through Sunday and enjoy a Fathers Day breakfast at the fairgrounds beginning at 7:30 a.m. Starting at 9 a.m., Walla Walla Electric will sponsor a golf tournament and a putting contest with cash prizes worth $10,000.

For more information, event updates and lodging suggestions, visit or contact the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at (509) 382-4825.

Treat Dad to an unforgettable Fathers Day this year and head to Dayton for the 30th annual All Wheels Weekend celebration, filled with roaring engines, family fun and community spirit!