The Dayton Feis first emerged in the 1960s because of the success of the Cleveland Feis and Detroit Feis, and because of a growing contingent of competitors in the Dayton area. An informal feis was held in 1962 at the Eintracht Hall on Troy Street; however, there was no follow-up effort until 1974 when the first official Dayton Feis began. Instrumental in the formulation of our first Dayton Feis were Martin and Helen Kelly; Bill and Lois Lynch; Jack and Ann Richens; Paul Rado Sr.; Paul and Cindy Rado; Jack and Mickey Mulhern; Gus and Renate Shroyer; Janet Kelly; Tess Donnelly; and Marguerite Walhrab. The Dayton Area Feis Society constitution was finalized and ratified in December 1974. The Dayton Area Feis Society organizes Irish cultural activities and sponsors the Dayton Feis, an Irish dance competition, annually in June. The prize medals for the third feis were designed by the Dayton Area Feis Society and became the standard medal for the Dayton Feis. The medal coin displays a shamrock encircled by an ancient Celtic design derived from the book of Kells, and is attached to an Irish Tricolor ribbon. Music competitions were added to the third Dayton Feis. In 1991, the 18th Dayton Feis added child/parent dancing competitions, Irish soda bread, and Irish arts and craft competitions. By 1996, the number of competitors had grown to an average of 450-550. In 2001, the 28th Dayton Feis was held at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton and a cap of 800 dancers was established! This Dayton Original is committed to maintaining and developing Irish culture in the greater Dayton area.