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Run, buy, sell; Outdoor Market will have it all
DIXFIELD- The Outdoor Market committee is pleased to announce that their plans for the August 21 event have begun and they're looking forward to another successful year.
Ralph and Norine Clarke have led the charge for the past 20-plus years and the history started long before that in the 1950's when the Tributary Arts Council started the tradition.
“It's really a lot of fun for those that get involved,” stated Norine. “We always have vendors selling anything from art, jewelry and food and not to mention the Festival of Flowers put on by the Historical Society.”
First thing Sunday morning, the 9th Annual Dixfield Bicentennial Run/Walk will be hosted by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Registration of $25 begins at 7:30 a.m. and will end at 8:45 a.m. with the race beginning sharply at 9 a.m.
You can pre-register for only $20 by visiting www.active.com or mail your check to RVCC 10 Bridge St., Rumford, ME 04276.
Awards will be given to the top three finishers plus the top two finishers in each age group. Free t-shirts are available to the first 50 registered.
In the past, local school classes and organizations have secured a spot for a fundraiser, the library has held a book sale, the Boy Scouts demonstrate their rope walk and Sammy Angel has provided a small music festival at the gazebo, which everyone enjoys, according to Norine. “We would love to see her do it again.”
On sale during the outdoor market will be t-shirts to help the Bull Rock committee raise funds to replace the 10-plus year old moose that saw his demise during a damaging thunder storm last month.
They are selling for $10 each and range in size from youth 2 all the way to adult 5X.
Collection jars have been placed in Dixfield stores and the town office and you are welcome to mail donations to: Return Bull Rock Fund, checks payable to Town of Dixfield, P.O. Box 808, Dixfield, ME 04224. Shirts will also be on sale at Log Cabin Craftworks.
The committee has space for 100 vendors during the event. All groups are welcome to join for a low fee of only $15 for a 10 x 15 space, table/chairs not included. The entry fee goes toward advertisement for the event and to support other fun town activities.
The historical society is a major part of the market and is ready for their annual River Valley Festival of Flowers. Entries need to be delivered on August 20, with judging taking place that evening. The winners will be announced during the day on Sunday.
There's something for everyone at the open market. Whether you find a local celebrity in the dunk tank or you stumble into the long line for cotton candy. “The kids love it and it's always nice to see we can do something to include the whole family,” noted Norine.
Anyone wishing to serve on the planning committee, to sell their wares or demonstrate a talent, should contact Norine at 562-8816. For more information on the historical society events, call Donna Towle at 585-2530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.