Dexter Daze is a true community event filled with different activities and happenings that make it a popular time for all residents.
Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13, Dexter Daze is the annual end of summer event combining music, food, art and a lot more from local artisans, crafters, businesses with free entertainment for the whole family. Plus, there’s a big parade Saturday morning through downtown Dexter and later that night a fireworks show.
“Its a way to celebrate our community,” Dexter Daze committee president co-chair Tracy Lambert, of Fancy Stitch, said.
This is the 44th year for Dexter Daze and its a success because of community support. Its lead sponsors are Meijer, IHA and Quest Productions with a host of other sponsors helping out.
“We have some really great and important sponsors that help make this happen,” Lambert said.
Dexter Daze takes places in downtown at the MainStage Gazebo in Monument Park and at Mill Creek Park. The art and business booths are open both days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The social tent is open both days as well from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mill Creek Park will be a great place for families. It will host a number of children’s activities, ranging from the funny puppet guy, America’s Nature Guy to music and a special movie showing Saturday evening.
The gazebo will be centerstage for musical acts such as local favorite KayLyn Pace, and new this year, Minutes to Midnight, just to name two.
There will also be other community events going on around Dexter. One being the LaFontaine annual car show from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Dexter Daze organizers said they are hopeful the weather will cooperate, but they are also prepared. No matter what, Lambert said it will be a fun time.
“We’ve tried to create an atmosphere where a family could hang out all day and enjoy themselves,” she said.
Organizers have four ways that folks can help, one of which includes volunteering to help put up and pull down the festival. Those who help, be they business or individual, receive recognition in the committee’s marketing materials and on their website for the festival.
Businesses can also sponsor, register a booth, or be in the festival as entertainment or an event provisioner.
To learn more about the schedule of events go to www.Dexterdaze.org or check out its Facebook page.