Wild West Weekend
5th Annual Wild West Weekend
August 3rd, 4th and 5th - 2007
"Uniting Family & Community now and in the future"

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Wild West Round Up
Dexter Regional Development Corporation would like to thank the businesses, residents and visitors for making the 5th Annual Wild West Weekend a great success.

Although we had some extreme heat on Friday (110 degrees was 1 reading at about 1:30 pm on Friday where the vendors were set up), and the extreme storm Friday night dictated that we cancel Renys Debbie Myers Concert, the Worst Boot Contest and the Fire Department auction, all the others events went on without a hitch.

But the Friday night rain and storm cleared the air, the streets, the heat and moods for a wonderful Saturday and Sunday.

Boy Scout doughboys sold out, Field Hockey Maine Chicken BBQ sold out for the 1st setting and had to go buy more chicken, Toot's Deli had a record day, Bangor Savings Costume Contest had 21 contestants, 14 Businesses participated in DRDC's Business Decorating Contest, lots of kids at Varney Insurance Kiddie Parade, huge turnout for the North Country Riding Club Horse Show on Sunday, record amount of vendors, 614 kids registered in the P&L Pig Scramble, great turnout for Maine Choice Realty Skillet Toss & First Free Baptist Wild West Olympics; over 300 tickets sold for the 1st Annual MaineMilitary.com Heritage Revolver Raffle, 300 tickets sold for the Dexter Fire Department Duckie Race, great attendance for the Cruz' In and Ray Stafford Show, no lack of 'good ole' Country Music' during Jim's Jamboree at Wayside Park; 94 attended the Christian Community Church Sunday Service at Wayside Park and the Christian Community Church Chicken Pie Supper at American Legion Hall sold out.

The Dragon Den's 1st Annual Stick Pony Rodeo was well attended despite the heat, and Country Charm's 1st Annual Wheel Barrow Race was a hoot as was Crazy Bob's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

DRDC would like to thank Mike Snow of Snows Saw Shop for providing the Husqvarna HUV that transported Princess Tired Eyes, Cowgirl Courtney Brown, Announcer Fred Wintle, Vendor Wranglers Dave Pearson & Josh Doore from one part of town to the other; moving concert trailers, finding lost people and giving rides to people (and kids) who needed rides.

Big thanks go out to Sherburne Farms and Ronnie of Simpson View Farms for the generous donation of 100's of bales of hay to decorate the streets; Darlene at the Dragons Den & Snap of the Dragon for Wild West signs, props, flowers and lots of hard work.

Chris Reardon of Save Virtues also deserves thanks for the donation of beverages & snacks for WWW headquarters; Rich DeMuth for the use of his building for headquarters; Barb & Sherman Leighton for watching over headquarters; Frankie Spizuoco & family for providing Poop Patrol; and all the horse and riders who road downtown despite the heat.

Patti Dowse & Bits provided horse and cart rides and Lisa & steed gave horse rides for 2 full days! Thanks to Skowhegan Savings for their support and Liz at Abbot Memorial Library.

Special thanks also go out to Mike Delaware & Duke Leighton from the Highway Department and Police Chief Art Roy & his officers for their support during the weekend, moving barriers, controlling traffic, and all without incident. Chief Roy also arranged for the Penobscot Sheriff Department to provide a demonstration by the Departments Bomb Detection Dog "Eric" with handler Deputy Sheriff Jim Roy during Wild West Weekend.

This 5th Annual event was made possible by the people & businesses who participate, a little or a lot! Dexter Regional Development Corporation wants to thank you for helping us "Unite Family and Community, now and in the Future".

Judy Wilbur Craig
President of Dexter Regional Development Corporation
Coordinator of Wild West Weekend

Wild West update
DEXTER - Dexter Regional Development Corporation is pleased to announce the 2007 date for the 5th Annual Wild West Weekend as being the first weekend of August which falls on August 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Wild West Weekend has fast become an economic boost for area businesses, helped with fund raising, creating awareness for non-profits, and showcasing our variety of vendors.

We have been receiving calls from vendors, musicians and event planners since the end of last year. Over the last week, we have received more than a dozen and a half calls and emails from new vendors ranging from jewlry to trivits & trinkets, furnace dealer, dip mixes and Maine Made Crafts. and Q106.5 FM is booked for their annual live broadcast in 2007. A.E. Robinson Oil Company, Mayo Regional Hospital, P & L Market and Dexter Regional Development Corporation are the sponsors of Saturdays broadcast and weeklong annoucement on the Q.

If you would like more information, contact us anytime.
DRDC President Judy Wilbur Craig
Wild West Weekend Coordinator - (207) 924-3067

2nd Wild West Chili Cook-Off
Main Street in Dexter will be heatin' up again with the 2nd Wild West Chili Cook-Off scheduled for Saturday, August 4th.

This year's contest will be held similar to last year's, with the exception of its new sponsor – the Abbott Memorial Library. Registration forms are available online at www.wildwestweekend.com or by visiting the Dexter Town Office or the Abbott Memorial Library. The entry fee is $10. Advanced registrations are encouraged, however registrations will also be accepted on Saturday.

Entries must be brought to the Library's Chili Booth on Main Street by 1:30 PM in a crock-pot. The public will once again do the tasting and judging and contest winners will be announced at 5 PM. Cash prizes are being awarded and you must be present to win.
Click here to download a registration form!

NEW!! Bomb Dog to perform
The Dexter Police Department and The Penobscot Sheriff Department is pleased to provide a demonstration by Penobscot Sheriff's Departments Bomb Detection Dog "Eric" with handler Deputy Sheriff Jim Roy during Wild West Weekend.

Eric and Handler Roy will be demonstrating Saturday afternoon on Main Street Dexter at 1:30 pm.

NEW!! Wild West Weekend Horseshoe Tournament
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The Dexter Regional Music Boosters will be holding a Wild West Weekend Horseshoe Tournament during the Wild West Weekend in Dexter. It will be a Single Elimination Tournament (subject to 20 team minimum) on August 4 (rain or shine) starting at high noon.

Prizes will be
1st place - $50
2nd place - $30
3rd place - $20.

Entry fee ill be $15 per couple. To sign up and pay the entrance fee you can go to Tilson's True Value or the Dexter Town Office.

The tournament will take place at the Parking lot behind the Dexter Historical Society on Grove Street.

NEW!!The Petticoat Revolution performed during WWW
The Wayside Youth Theatre will perform "The Petticoat Revolution" on August 4th at 1pm at the Old Town Hall as part of Wild West Days.

This is a thirty minute comedy about what might have happened in this new country if our "foremothers", instead of our "forefathers" were in charge Featured characters are Martha Washington, Polly Revere, and Benita Franklin, Patricia Henry, Molly Pitcher, and Samantha Adams on the Colonial side, and Lady Howe, Lady Burgoyne, Lady Gage, and Lady Cornwallis and Queen Georgette the Third on the British side.

Actors are: Dora Gustin, Maryanna Ray, Eliza Gustin, Aaron Ray, Jenna Chapman, Hallie Collopy, Taylor Almeida, Alycia Bradley, Derian Gatewood, Sabrina Tatseos, Elaine Ruitano, Ansalaweit Laughton, and Tamiko Ray.

Pre-show introduction is performed by Caleb and Diane Mauro, Leah Gustin, and Cameron Almeida. Directors are Mary and Maryanna Ray.

Who will be the Wild West Weekend's Top Dog?
Wild West Weekend brings 2nd Annual "Crazy Bob's Hot Dog Eating Contest" brought to you by Dexter Variety.

The contest will be one of the various events being held on Main Street on Saturday, August 4, 2007.

Winner takes all: ½ of Registration Fee & Dexter Variety Hat and T-Shirt
Click for Pre-Registration Form

Dexter Historical Society WWW activities
The Dexter Historical Society will participate in The Wild West Weekend activities by offering expanded open hours on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 9 at the Grist Mill Museum.

The Carr School will also be open that day. New items at the Abbott Museum gift shop include the two new Fernwood Blocks; of the Town Hall and the Park Theatre, and the catalog for the exhibit of Bert Call photographs, following Thoreau's three trips to Maine, that was presented in Concord, MA recently.

These items will also be available at a sale table in front of the Grist Mill.

NEW!! Maine Military Supply Raffle
Raffle Winner Bob Crawford
Maine Military Supply Manager Todd Rogers presents Raffle Winner Bob Crawford with the revolver
DEXTER - Maine Military Supply, a Wild West Weekend vendor, is generously donating a real Western Revolver Heritage 22Long / 22 Mag Revolver for the 1st Annual Wild West Weekend Raffle being held August 3, 4 & 5 in Dexter.

Frank Spizuoco, Jr. a supporter of WWW, Dexter Regional Development Corporation and the Town of Dexter, has in the past donated to the Dexter Winter Festival, Wild West Weekend and many other non-profit organizations, with proceeds benefiting the organizations and their ventures.

Frankie will be selling raffle tickets for the Western Revolver, a $180 Value, at $5 each or 3 for $10 at his booth on Main Street in front of Wild West Headquarters on Friday and Saturday.

Proceeds of the Revolver Raffle, along with the sale of the official Wild West Weekend cowboy hats will help defray the costs of the Special Event Insurance needed for the 3 day event.

You can find out more about Maine Military Supply at www.MaineMilitary.com

2007 1st Annual Wheel Barrow Race
The 1st Annual Wheel Barrow Race for adults ages 16 and older will be held on Main Street, Saturday, August 05th. Hosted by Country Charm during Wild West Weekend, rules are as follows: 2 teams of 2 Partna's face off per run.
Partna' #1 loads a hay bale into the wheelbarrow then gallops around obstacles to the opposite end of the course.
The hay bale is tossed out by Partna' #1, then the wheelbarrow is passed off to Partna' #2, who then repeats the process to the finish line.
The slowest team in each run is eliminated === The fastest team moves on.
The Overall Winning team is the last team standing and wins a whoppin' $75!
click for registration and rules

The Dragon's Den & Country Charm is hosting the 1st Annual Stick Horse Rodeo on Friday, August 4th 2007 for children ages 3 to 6 years old.

ALL participants will be outfitted with chaps, cowboy hats, bandanas, and a stick horse (furnished by Dragon's Den) for the event they are entering

  • BARREL RACING: Each contestant will ride a stick horse around three barrels within a set course.  The fastest time wins.
  • PIG ROPING: Each contestant will ride a stick horse to the pig in the arena and lasso the pig. The fastest time wins.
  • BULL RIDING: Each contestant will ride a stick horse/bull from the bullpen. Contestant shall have 10 seconds to imitate the best bronco bull possible, using the stick horse/bull.

Pre-registration required - *Check in time is 1:30 – 2pm at the Reny's Concert Tent on Main Street. You can pick up a registration form at Country Charm or download at WildWestWeekend.com
Click for Pre-Registration Form

NEW! Maine Chicken BBQ
Dexter Regional High School Field Hockey Team will be serving a "Maine Chicken BBQ" in Municipal Parking Lot on Saturday during the Dusters Cruz' In. Potatoes are being donated by Crane Farm, corn from Veazie Farm and cooked up by the boosters.

They will be serving a chicken, corn, homemade potato salad, rollz, etc dinner, PLUS homemade Pie from 4 to 8 pm.

Street Closings during Wild West Weekend:
Main Street

  • Friday: 1 to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 1 to 5 pm
Intersection of Zions Hill & Main Street to Howard Insurance (Vendor Alley)
  • Friday: 8 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm
Municipal Parking Lot:
  • Saturday: 4 to 10 pm

"Wild West Business Decorating Showdown"
Reny's of Dexter challenges other Dexter Businesses for the 2nd Annual “Wild West Business Decorating Showdown”.

The Reny's crew in 2006 started with the 1st window display featuring “Cowboy Bob Reny” and continued to have their employees decorate each window with their own creativeness.

This years participants include (to date) Renys, Mr. Paperback, Country Charm, Bangor Savings Bank, Blackwell Insurance, Bud's Shop 'n Save, A.E. Robinson, Dexter Town Office, Premier Home video, Unique Treasures, MSAD #46 Special Ed Office. The 2006 winners were 1st Place Blackwell Insurance, 2nd Place Country Charm and Runner up Renys of Maine.

Dress up your window(s) or create displays in your business for Wild West Weekend and an impartial panel of judges will be discreetly going around town during WWW and choosing who will have the honor of hanging the 2nd Annual Wild West Weekend Plaque for 2007.

A Plaque will be presented by Dexter Regional Development Corporation during the Debbie Myers Concert on Renys Concert Stage. If you would like to enter your business, email judy@DexterMaine.com or call 924.3067.

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