July 30th, 31st & August 1st 2004
"Uniting Family & Community in Dexter"
CORINNA - Darlene at the Dragons Den announces that costumes are available now thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm or by appointment. If you want to be a saloon girl, a cowboy, indian, or a sundry of other wild west characters, stop by the Dragons Den on the Corinna/Dexter Road in Corinna.
The Dragons Den will also be a part of Wild West on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, Darlene will be on Wild Water Street with temporary tattoos, face painting, Children & Adult sovenirs. Sunday the Dragons Den will be at Bud Ellms Field NCRC horse show.
If you are in need of that last minute costume for the Costume Contest on Friday (Prizes range from $100, $75 & $50 and hosted by Debbie Myers), or costume for the horse show, give Darlene a call at 278-3415 or 278-2927.
Dexter Health Care on Park Street is celebrating Wild West Weekend with residents and staff on Saturday.
Some of the events planned are (approx. times)
10:30 Residents will be having a horse shoe game and playing checkers outsideThe North Country Riders are planning some visits with their horses and encourage riders to trot on up to Dexter Health Care to visit the residents. There will be saloon girls in the gazebo and various other surprises for both residents and vistors. The store fronts are decorated, the duds are ready and boots are polished for Friday, the 1st day of the 2nd Annual Wild West Weekend. The Wagon Train has been organized by Dexter Regional Development Corporation, the North Country Riding Club and the Town of Dexter and invite to join in Wild West Weekend.
Town wide Store SALES, hundreds of people both in stores and out DRESS in wild west attire from Cowboys and Indians to saloon girls and cowpokes. Let the child come out in you and have fun with it! Leave the stresses behind and let organizations, vendors, musicians, horses, and hayrides entertain you. There is LOTS OF FREE entertainment planned for children and adults alike and lots of prizes to win.
Dexter is a "Horse Friendly Town" so you will see horses freely clip-clopping along streets & roads. Many businesses are planning on being watering holes for both horses and riders this year. Dexter Internal Medicine on High St., Blackwell Insurance & Dexter Variety, and even the Town Office will have water for the horses. We do like to remind car drivers that in Maine "HORSES HAVE THE RIGHT-OF-WAY" on the roadways. Riders and drivers should always be considerate of each other for safety of all.
There will be FREE Horse & Trailer parking Friday and Saturday at Skowhegan Savings Bank vacant lot, the old Dexter Shoe Parking Lot on Water Street, S.D. Wilburs Trucking Garage on the Number 10 Road and the far side of MacDougell's Bakery parking lot.
Maps of the Dexter Area with events sites and horse parking are now available at the Town Office and on Friday and Saturday at the Town Council Chambers, the Dexter Grist Mill Museum and the Dexter Abbott Mill Museum. A map will also be available in this coming weeks edition of The Eastern Gazette available Saturday. Maps are designed by Dave Pearson from the Dexter Regional Development Corporation.
The Dexter Town Council are waiving all Permits and Fees, for Yard Sale, Transient Seller's permits and Victualers licenses during Wild West Weekend. So put together your family or neighborhood yard sales and let us know.
Friday at High Noon, the North Country Riders are once again planning an exciting "horse event" for all to enjoy on Main Street. Has the makins' of being amusing and entertaining as last year.
Following the Main Street event, the North Country Riding Club is holding their first "Chat & Pat" on Hall Street right beside the Town Hall and Abbott Library. Bring some carrots and get and 'up close and personal' encounter with ponies and horses by chatting and patting the friendly equine.
New this year is the Wild West Costume Contest, sponsored by DRDC and is being held at 5 PM Friday night. Popular country recording artist Debbie Myers will be the announcer and will be held on the concert stage in front of Renys. Prizes will be $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd Place and is open to all ages.
Debbie Myers Band will be performing from 6 to 9 on Renys Concert stage, so don your duds and shake a leg on Main Street.
Wild West T-shirts are available at Renys while supplies last. Renys also will have "wild sales" all weekend long.
The Dexter Historical Society at the Grist Mill Museum and the Abbott Museum will be information booths for Wild West on both Friday and Saturday. Their extended hours are 9 to 5 at the Abbott Mill Museum and 9 to 9 at the Grist Mill Museum. On Saturday at 10 am at the Grist Mill Museum, there will be a special ceremony clebrating the 150th year of the Grist Mill in addition to honoring Helen Wilkins, a lifelong volunteer and one of the last person to work at the Grist Mill.
The Dexter Town Council Chambers will also be open most of Saturday for information and directions.
A new feature, the Dexter Lakes Association has arranged for the Maine Lakes Conservancy to bring their special outfitted 30 foot pontoon boat to Lake Wassookeag in order to provide Dexter youth with an opportunity to explore the small part of the Lake (they couldn't find a launching area on the bigger part of the lake).
During the ride, kids will have a hands-on experience in measuring water quality and discovering the microscopic mysteries of our lake. The boat will take three trips during the day and will accommodate 10 young people and several adults on each trip.
The Dexter Municipal Skating Rink will be the scene lots for adult and kids games. The Ladies Skillet Toss sponsored by Maine Choice Realty will begin the "games" at 11 am, Crazy Bob of Dexter Variety is sponsoring the "Tobacco Spitting Contest", the Chicken Chase, sponsored by Windy Farm Vegetable Stand, The Hay Toss sponsored by Dexter Lumber, The Egg Toss, sponsored by Country Charm, and the Watermelon Spitting Contest sponsored by the First Free Baptist Church. Local area businesses have generously donated prizes for Dexter's own "Wild West Olympics". Announcer will be Fred Wintle, official stats taker is Rick Munday, and the Wild Games stats keeper is being provided by Judy Walters and the First Free Baptist Church.
The Dexter Fire Department is holding their 1st Annual Rubber Ducky River Race on Saturday at High Noon. Buy your Rubber Duck ticket fro $5 and on Saturday the fire fighters will put all the ducks in Sebasticook Stream at the Old Abbott Mill area. We will see what duck makes it to the Center Street/Water Street area first. If it is your duck you win; 1st Place and Old Town Kayak with Life jacket and Paddle and 2nd lace wins a $50 Gift certificate.
On Friday and Saturday from 11 to 3 at Wayside Park, Singer Tom Evans will be performing as well as hosting "Wild West Open Mike". If you can Yodel, sing, play guitar and would like to share your talents, come to Wayside Gazebo and show your talents. For more information call Tom at 876-4022 or Ella Munday at 924-0920.
Artist Ella Munday is hosting an Art Festival at Wayside Park Friday and Saturday and invites fellow artists, photographers, craftsmen to join her at Wayside Park for Wild West festivities. There is no charge for setting up for the weekend. Call Ella for more info at 924-0920.
In North Dexter, the Wayside Grange will hold Grange Supper at 6 pm 9 on Saturday (tickets $5). Following will be a concert by the Pig Muffin Band at 7 pm for $8 at Wayside Grange - for advance tickets call 924-8813
Other Old fashion family events planned are, the 2nd Annual Pig Scramble at P & L Market with special T-shirts, Debbie Myers Concert, Big Daddy O's & the Accelerators Concert, Singer Tom Evans singing in the Wayside Gazebo, Free Pony Rides, Free Hay Rides, Free Horse & Wagon Rides, Big Trophy Stakes Horse Show on Sunday, Free Chat & Pat, LOTS of Wild West dressing up, Costume Contest hosted by Singer Debbie Myers, Free Children's games at Mill Stream Storage on Water Street, Free Wild West Story Time at the Abbot Memorial Library, Free Scavenger Hunt with prize, Historical Society Open Houses, and LOTS more.
Also, American Legion Bingo, Church & Grange Dinners, town wide sales, SAD#48 Chicken BBQ, Art in the Park, Vendors lining the streets, Face Painting, Wild West Basket Auction, Lasso the Bull contest and so much more.... As you can see, Water Street will be busy Saturday lined with games, rides and lots of vendors showcasing their wares.
On Sunday Pastor Lois Field is holding an exciting Sunday morning Church Service at United Methodist Church with Ray & Lenny Stafford singing country western gospel music. UMC is encouraging folks to come in western garb to enjoy a 'western style' service. All are welcome, of course and begins at Dexter UMC at 9 a.m. and the same service in Ripley at 10:30.
North Country Riding Club wraps up Wild West Weekend Sunday with the "All Trophy & Stakes" Show at NCRC Riding Ring in Bud Ellms Field. Free admission, but when entering the grounds you will receive a ticket that gives you the opportunity to win LOTS OF GIFTS generously donated by local businesses. Numbers will be drawn throughout the entire day, but you do have to present to win. Senator Paul Davis, Town Manager Bob Simpson, singer Tom Evans are all a part of the opening ceremonies beginning at 8:15 am. Lots of Food & other vendors will be available at the field all day.
If you would like to "get in the saddle again in 2004" contact Co-Coordinators Amie Smith and/or Judy Wilbur Craig as Dexter Unites Family and Community. We work with 'NO BUDGET'. We just ask that everyone do at least "one thing" to promote yourself and Dexter. We will post here and in other media that you are participating and what you are doing.
We invite businesses in Dexter to play old country music, dress for the occasion and if you have outside signs, post Wild West Weekend dates.
If you would like more information email judy@DexterMaine.com or call 207.924.3067