Written in part by Ike Morgan: DEXTER - The 6th annual Dexter Wild West Weekend once again lived up to its name despite some rainy and stormy weather. The occasional wet weather seemed to be no hindrance to visitors of this early August celebration.
Attendance at the events, spread out over three days, was excellent. There was something for everyone. The traditional visit to the Dexter Nursing Home kicked off the weekend. Games, music, cart rides, and many more wild west activities were offered throughout the weekend.
Hay bale tossing, skillet throwing, and watermelon seed spitting competitions created a lively scene at Wayside Park while Maine's largest pig scramble was held at P&L Country Store on Route 7. Thousands of spectators cheered on over 100 kids of all ages as they competed for the prized piglet.
A horse show at Elms Field and a car show at the municipal parking lot drew big crowds. Music and entertainment was provided by country music star Debbie Myers on Saturday night, Dexter's own local star Ray Stafford took the Main Street Stage on Friday night, Jim's Jamboree and friends at Wayside Park both Friday and Saturday, Zevelon on Sunday and Dexter's own Fishers of Men.
The Wild West Weekend is made possible the Dexter Regional Development Corporation who partners with the Town of Dexter & North Country Riding Club and the cooperation and hard work put in by many local businesses and individuals.
One of the main goals of the event is to foster a sense of community and at the same time promote the many businesses and organizations that operate in the Dexter area. From the looks of the numbers who attended The Wild West Weekend it certainly seems to have achieved that goal.
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