DIXFIELD — The sun was shining and the breeze carried the scent of various edible indulgences during Dixfield’s 39th annual Outdoor Market on Sunday.

Approximately 40 vendors lined Main Street, selling homemade goods and creations, while local residents took advantage of the increased foot traffic to hold yard sales.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m with a parade; a new appeal this year. The parade included antique cars, local sports teams, political groups and featured the town’s brand new firetruck.

“We’ve been wanting to have a parade for a while now,” said Debbie Morang of the Outdoor Market committee. “We figure it’s a great attraction — who doesn’t love a parade?”

The new firetruck showcased in the parade was delivered to the town in June 2016 and cost about $445,000.

Capt. Barry Prescott was ready and willing to show off the improved features of the vehicle to interested marketgoers.


“It has an updated phone system,” Prescott said. “Everything is LED so it draws so much less power. You can light the night up like day with this truck.” 

Other features of the truck include additional compartment lighting, more accessible controls and functions to all vehicle operators, and a seat belt warning system for all six riders — more seating compared to the older trucks.

To continue the pattern of safety awareness for residents, police officer Eric Bernier was available to check car seats for those who wondered if their children were safe passengers. According to Bernier, officers must attend up to a week of training every few years to be certified in car seat safety checks. This was the market’s second year offering the checks, and Bernier said it’s beneficial for everyone, especially new parents.

Attendees could also run a 5K, which shared the starting line with the parade and continued on its own route. A petting zoo featured the chance to win a chicken and was surrounded by local kids, while Dirigo High School hosted a car show with numerous categories, raffles and trophy prizes.

Morang said the Outdoor Market began as a way to boost the town’s economy and help out local businesses. The market proceeds contribute to local charities, help send students to educational events and fund additional town functions, such as the Halloween Walk and the Easter egg hunt.

“It really brings the town together,” Morang said.


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