August 5th, 6th and 7th - 2005
"Uniting Family & Community in Dexter"
There will be town-wide store SALES, people dressing in Wild West attire from Cowboys and Indians to saloon girls and cowpokes! We invite businesses in Dexter to once again dress for the occasion and have wild sales for the thousands expected this weekend.
... AND once again, Dexter is a "Horse Friendly Town"! Many businesses have watering holes for both horses and riders. You are free to roam the streets of Dexter on your horses, but at your own risk. Ride or drive your horses to town like the olden days. There will be water available for horses on Main Street and other areas throughout town.
Maps of the Dexter Area with event sites and horse & people parking are being designed by Dave Pearson from the Dexter Regional Development Corporation and will be available for the public at WWW headquarters at the Town Council Chambers, Abbot Museum Gift Shop and at the Grist Mill Museum. Darlene Bagley of the Dragons Den is busily painting creative signs for intown directions and decorations.
The Dexter Fire Department will be having a busy weekend. The Annual Dexter Firemen's Auction will take place Thursday, August 4th through Saturday, August 6th. The auction held in conjunction with the Dexter Wild West Celebration, will take place from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday and Friday and from 4 to sell-out on Saturday. This year the auction is moving to a new location; the parking lot of the Watering Hole's future location, the old Dexter Shoe Building located on Water Street in Dexter, now owned by John Chapelle. To arrange pick up of your auction donations contact Steve at 924-3223, Roger at 924-6245, Rick at 924-3393 or Everett at 277-5903.
The 2nd Annual Duckie Race will also be held on Saturday and runs from Abbott Dam and down through Main Stream.
John, who owns The Watering Hole, (formerly Rubins), is working day and night to open in his new and bigger location in the Old Dexter Shoe building. The Watering Hole is going to feature a "Beer Garden" during Wild West and will be opening Tuesday, August 2nd.
Friday afternoon at 1 pm is Wild Roy's Kid Parade where kids can "wildly dress up" their pets, bikes, wagon, favorite stuffed animal and parade down through Main Street with Police Chief Roy (not Roy Rogers) acting as Grand Marshall. They will start by the Police Station and end up at the municipal parking lot. Ofelia's Community Resource Center has generously offered a Stuffed Animal Box that is located in front of the checkout desk and hope to have it full by August 5th to provide stuffed animals to children who want to march in parade, but might have forgotten their stuffed animal or did not have one for that event. You can donate to the box at Ofelia's on Main Street in Dexter.
1:30 brings a Bullwhip demonstration by Tim Colbath and Debbie Taylor on Main Street. The talents of Tim will amaze you!
At 2 pm Country Jim's Wild Jamboree will be taking performing on Renys Concert Stage until 4 pm. At 5 pm Friday night, Debbie Myers Band will be on Renys Concert Stage hosting the Wild West Costume Contest at 5 pm on Main Street.
Hold your horses, Wild Bill is putting together Dexter's 1st Annual "WILD WEST WEEKEND TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT" on Friday Night and Saturday. There will be no gambling, gift prizes being awarded to the top four finishers. There will be (3) tournaments; 6 to 9 on Friday, 3 to 7 and 7 to 10 on Saturday.
The Costume Contest will have 2 divisions: Children 12 and under & Adults, 12 and over with $50 for 1st prize and $25 for runner-up in each division. BUT there will be an overall Wild West Grand Prize of $100!
During the Street Dance, Dexter Variety is sponsoring the Tobacco Spitting Contest, and is open to adults 18 and over. It will be held between 8 and 9 pm. Hoses will be ready for 'cleanup' and there will be prizes....
Saturday will be the Hungry Cowpoke's Breakfast, Ripley United Methodist Church, 6:30 - 9 a.m. and a Chicken Pie Supper, Dexter United Methodist Church, 5 p.m.
Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union will be giving away cowboy hats to the first 200 little buckaroos that come into our office on Main Street, Friday, August 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Abbott Memorial Library will be holding a "Readers roundup book sale" Friday August 5th from 10 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 1.
Radio Station Q 106.5 FM is climbing in the saddle and joining us this year on Saturday for a live broadcast from 9 to 1 pm visiting various events and letting the listeners know what is going on. Sponsors making the broadcast possible are P&L Country Market, Dexter Family Practice, AE Robinson Oil, Dexter Variety and Mainely Crafts.
The 3rd Annual Pig Scramble will start out Saturdays activities hosted by P&L Market at 9 AM with registration beginning at 8 am. The Pig Scramble will include 50 pigs (which can be kept by child or donated back to P&L) and free T-shirts for participants (while supplies last). The age groups are: Ages 3 & 4; 5 & 6; 7 & 8; 9 & 10; 11 & 12. Horse and Wagon rides will also be available provided by Travis Gould Horse Farm.
The 2nd Annual Wild West Olympics will change venue and be up at Crosby Park, which will have more parking space and area for all the events planned. Stick pony races, Skillet Toss, Hay Toss and more. Games for all ages! Check the schedule for all the fun events...
An exciting new addition for this year, The Shriners BIG parade with around 30 Shriners Units (to date) coming from all over the state of Maine for a WILD parade, according to a Shrine spokesperson Lee Kaufman, that will last over an hour long. The parade will consist of ONLY Shrine units entertaining the parade route on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
There will be Arts in the Park at Wayside Park on Friday and Saturday with a stampede of music! Saturday, plan to bring your lawn chairs or blankets because Singer Jim Palmer and wife Donna have gathered musical friends from all over Maine and beyond filling the air with music from 10 am to 6 pm at Wayside Park.
The Poulliot-Seavey Post #53 of the American Legion will have Bingo on Grove Street on Sat, Aug 6th from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm and TOPS will be giving away free recipes and advice.
Maine Wheels, the Maine Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has also planned to have their August Meet in Dexter during the Dexter's Wild West Weekend and are planning on around 20 or more RVs of various sizes, from 20' to 45' to attend and will be parking in Dexter at the Dexter Middle School Parking Lot on top of the hill.
Knights of Columbus is holding their 1st Annual Yard Sale to benefit their many charities on Saturday at the K of C parking lot from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Rain date will be Sunday, August 7. Table rental fee is $10 or donate yard sale items by contacting Lee or Rachel Hersey at 924-7936.
Dexter Grange #155 will be holding a Pie sale, Bake Sale, and selling cold drinks in front of the Grange. Pie by the slice or whole pies. The Dexter Grange was re-charterd to assist in the support of youth organizations in the greater Dexter area. Currently the Dexter Grange hosts the Cub Scouts, the Girls Scouts and the Boy Scouts.
We have also heard from Quilting groups, Dexter Lakes Association and other non-profit organizations will be having tables and booths along lower Main Street.
There will be a Car Show put on by the Dusters on Saturday 6 to 9 pm with the live band Big Daddy-O and the Accelerators entertaining the crowd.
The North Country Riding Club is holding their 3rd Annual Wild West All Trophy Equitation Show on Sunday starting at 8:30 am with lots of food and vendors on site. This show is the largest of the season! Check out the website for pre-registration, class list, rules, etc.
There will be also lots of Free give-a-ways during the show for spectators and participants.
Participation of businesses, artists, bands/singers, vendors, yard sales, etc are welcome with no fee, but no fees are paid for participation, however donations will be accepted to defray costs of insurance and extra police, etc.
If you would like to "get in the saddle again in 2005" contact 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.
If you would like more information email judy@DexterMaine.com or call 207.924.3067
On Friday, Jim Palmer starts the day out at 2 pm until 4 pm, performing live on the Reny's Concert State on Main Street. From 5 to 6 will be the Wild West Costume contest, hosted by Musician Debbie Myers. The Costume Contest will have 2 divisions: Children 12 and under & Adults, 12 and over with $50 for 1st prize and $25 for runner-up in each division. BUT there will be an overall Wild West Grand Prize of $100!
Debbie Myers and band will be climbing on Reny's Concert Stage for her concert from 6 to 9 PM for the 3rd Annual Street Dance. Youngsters and the young at heart all find Debbie's music a joy to listen and dance too!
On Saturday bring your lawn chairs because there will be non-stop music from 10 am to 6 pm (except during the 1:30 Shriners parade) at Wayside Park in the Gazebo. Musicians Jim Palmer and his wife Donna have gathered a huge lineup of local & statewide musicians to entertain during Wild West Weekend.
Here is a confirmed list of scheduled performers to date:
But wait that's not all! At 6 PM in the Municipal Parking Lot, Big Daddy O and the Accelerators will be playing during the Dusters Car Show until 9 PM.
Country Jim is a self taught musician & at the age of 15 he was playing guitar, singing & writing his own songs. At 15 he started a professional career in music at Ma Martins Ranch in Newington, Ct. For the next 2 yr.'s Jim performed with & was mentored by older musicians including radio & TV star Tex Pavel at roundups, jamborees, restaurants & night clubs. In 1967 he joined the U.S. Army & was a common sight performing in service clubs. In 1968 Jim was sent to Vietnam where he met Bobby Brown & whenever they could get together in Phu-Bai they would perform at the N.C.O & Officers club. He was offered a U.S.O. tour but declined because he preferred to entertain his fellow soldiers in the bush who never got to see a show in a secured area. He was honorably discharged in 1970 & remained in the reserves. Upon returning to Ct. Jim was managed & promoted by Bob Hannington & continued performing & writing. During this time he met Dick Curless a Maine Legend & was honored to do several shows with him. In 1972 Country Jim auditioned & joined a band called "Kinda Country" led by none other than his Nam buddy Bobby Brown. For several yrs they toured Connecticut & New England. In 1975 Jim rejoined the Army & played the clubs at night. He was honorably discharged in 1979 & came home to his roots & "The Great State of Maine"
From 1979-1986 Jim entertained with several Maine bands & as a solo artist singing a variety of music including: folk, classic rock, blues & traditional country music. In 1986 Jim was honored to team up with Dick Curless again to do a show in Bangor, Me. a 4th of July tribute to our veterans sponsored by Fox 104.7. He continued to do solo gigs till the 90's.
In 2002 Country Jim was proud to have been asked to perform for the "Vietnam Veterans Reunion" in Branson, Mo. for 7 nights at The Edgewater Beach Resort. He also entertained the veterans at the Forthsite V.F.W. for 2 nights.
In 2003 Country Jim wrote & recorded a c.d. "Old Rusty Nails" with an Australian Band "Ironbark" In Dec. 2003 Jim traveled to South Coast, N.S.W. Au. & toured with the talented & versatile band "Ironbark" for 2 mo.
In 2004 Jim was thrilled to be asked to do a Maine T.V. show Musicians Of Maine at the MBTV Mount Blue channel 11 station at U.M.F. syndicated through Maine's Adelphia cable network. Jim appeared in Mar. & Oct. 2004 & is scheduled to reappear Oct. 11 2005.
In April 2004 Jim was proud to be chosen by Down East Country Music Ass. to appear on a first ever collection of original songs by 20 Maine Artists. The c.d. was released June 2004. Also in 2004 Jim received DECMA Christmas song of the year award & Pioneer Johnny Utah Award.
In 2005 more honors were bestowed upon him Jim received Holiday Song of the Year Award from the North American Country Music Ass. International in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Pine Tree State Country Music Association Traditional Male Entertainer of the Year 2005 Award & Folk Singer of the Year 2005 Award & a Gospel Songwriting Award.
To date Country Jims songs are being played on the radio throughout the world & several Maine Radio Stations. He is a prolific writer who has copyright on 800+ songs & has written several hundred more. He also has written 2 books of poetry & a children's novel.
Jim Palmer resides in Corinna, Me. with his wife of 35 years Donna. He has 3 children & 8 grandchildren. Jim is a humble man who has entertained for many doing benefits for those in need, seniors & veterans. Jim's greatest pleasure is bringing happiness to someone with his music. Country Jim feels this is the "biggest reward of all." He has been heard saying many times after a performance "There are turns & there are bends but the road never ends, God Bless you all."