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Open Market Day in Dixfield
DIXFIELD -- Dixfield will hold its annual Open Market Day this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street with a tip of the hat to celebrating its 36th anniversary of this popular event.
Hot dogs and hamburgers, lobster rolls and french fries and many other food items join flea market vendors and crafters, three musical groups and activities for children for this fun, community-oriented day.
There will be a 5K at 9 a.m. on Sunday to benefit the Dirigo Cross Country team.
Starting point is the Gazebo (at the moose!). Cost is $20, with registrations starting at 7 a.m.
The one-mile fun run is free for kids through age 14, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Forms are available at the Wellness Center or the day of the race. Family rates are available. Talk to Gunnar Bradbury.
In conjunction with the Dixfield Outdoor Market, the Dixfield Congregational Church is holding its first annual quilt show and tea luncheon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The church will have over 100 quilted items and memorabilia on display for you to see.
In the annex, there will be a tea/luncheon, fairy house displays, and raffles on various items as well as 50/50 chances. Raffle drawings at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The tea/luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be muffins, scones, and desserts available for purchase throughout the day.
Quilt show admission donation is $3/person. Tea/luncheon is $5, which includes sandwich, fancy dessert and drink.
For more information, call Deb at 357-7007. All ages are welcome!
Originally organized as an arts and crafts sale with a colorful parade over the Fourth of July holiday in 1977, the Open Market Day has evolved to include many others types of vendors, a 5K road race and historical society displays.
The first chairman was local artist Bob Grose, who hosted for several years. As interest in creating a successful day began to wane, Jo Bradeen stepped up in 1994 to revitalize the volunteers needed to make it a success. Due to a Main Street community development block grant in 1997-98, the market had to be cancelled due to construction.
Many businesses suffered during those two summers, but the end result was a better looking and functioning Main Street.
Ralph and Norine Clarke chaired the event for approximately the next 13 years and supported current chair Louise Richard when she offered to lead the group in 2012.
The Open Market Day has become Dixfield’s special way of celebrating the end of summer and of gathering friends and neighbors together to host its own “Maine” event. If you would like to participate as a vendor, go to the town’s website at “Dixfield, The Only One!” to download a registration form and additional information or contact Chair Louise Richard at 562-7478.