Dixfield panel brainstorms for Outdoor Market

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DIXFIELD — A committee meeting Wednesday to plan for the 40th annual Outdoor Market in 2017 suggested including a fly-fishing expo by L.L. Bean and an appearance by the cast of “North Woods Law.”

The annual festival on Main Street has traditionally included booths by dozens of crafters, service agencies, community organizations, school groups and others offering a variety of items. There are numerous activities for attendees of all ages.

At Wednesday’s meeting at Ludden Library, committee Chairwoman Deb Morang said the committee should begin looking at possible events for 2017.

“It would be really cool to get a company like L.L. Bean to come over and host a fly-fishing expo or something,” committee member Bill DeVries said. “Since the 40th anniversary is still a couple years away, you might get something out of them if you ask far ahead of time.

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“I’m not sure how popular fly-fishing is in this area, but we’re pretty close to Bethel and Rangeley, and I know there are a lot of fly-fisher(s) in that area. It could be a big hit for us,” he said.

Morang suggested the town look into hosting an antique car show.

DeVries agreed it could be a good idea if they could find enough locals with classic cars.

Committee member Kristi Holmquist said they should reach out to the cast of “North Woods Law,” a popular Animal Planet show featuring officers with the Maine Warden Service.

“They usually show up to local events,” Holmquist said. “I wonder if they would come if we asked far enough in advance.”

Committee member Sonya Arsenault said that the 40th anniversary should end with fireworks.

“What about a pie-eating contest, or a pie-smashing contest?” Holmquist asked.

“Definitely a pie-eating contest,” Morang said.

mdaigle@sunmediagroup.net

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