Hot dog! Another great day of food & fun is coming to Dexter, this summer!

The last several days have been brutally cold, so if you ask me, the more summer activities in Maine in 2024, the better.

For one glorious day, Dexter, Maine, becomes the red hot dog capital of the world!

The 7th Annual Maine Red Hot Dog Festival is a Dexter Revitalization Committee fundraiser designed to attract a large number of people to see all that Dexter has to offer, and to have a great time!

It takes place, rain or shine, on Saturday, August 10th, from 10 am-6 pm on Downtown Dexter. This also happens to fall two days before my birthday, so a road trip may be in order!

Known for their vibrant red color and natural casing Maine's red snapper hot dogs are a must for any backyard barbecue. Just thinking about one now with a toasted split hot dog roll, is giving me the munchies. And for the record, I like both mustard AND ketchup on mine.

Admission is free, and there are a ton of activities that the whole family can enjoy:

  • A 5K Bun Run
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Beer & wine tents
  • The Hannaford Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • A Children’s Pie Eating Contest
  • Inflatable Obstacle Courses
  • A Kid Zone featuring games & prizes
  • Four Red Hot Stages with LIVE ENTERTAINMENT all day!
  • Dexter Fire Department's Red Hot 'Duck' Race!
  • Burns Bears - Chainsaw Artist!

For more on this fun event, check out their website It gives you plenty of insight on how to volunteer, ideas on lodging in the area, vendor information, etc.

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