My previous column about the Independence Day Celebration at Dexter Lake State Park gave a thumbnail sketch of what the day really was like. That’s why I decided I needed to tell even more of the story. As Master of Ceremonies I feel I had a unique perspective of what you missed out on if you didn’t attend. If you were there take a close look at the following pictures. You might see yourself and your family.

First of all I want to again thank all of the vendors for bringing there wares to the park. I gave you the list of their names and now I want you to see them for yourself. The Dexter Firefighters Bar-B-Q Chicken leads this parade of vendors. Looking at these pictures you can almost taste the tender Bar-B-Q chicken.

Firefighters' B-B-Q Chicken

Dexter Volunteer Firefighters’ B-B-Q Chicken,MMMMM Good!| Photo by Tim Chuey

Next is Red 5 Hot Dogs. It’s amazing how such a small cart can produce such great dogs. You can find them at Red 5 dogs Facebook page

5 Hot Dogs

Red 5 Hot Dogs | Photo by Tim Chuey

The Piglet Food Truck had a lot of business with their variety of food choices.

Pink Pig Food Cart

Piglet Food Truck | Photo by Tim Chuey

Sweet Bay Shaved Ice provided a cool and refreshing treat. Here is their Facebook page.


Sweet Bay Shaved Ice | Photo by Tim Chuey

Rattlesnake BBQ did not disappoint either. Here is their Facebook page.

Rattlesnake BBQ

Rattlesnake BBQ |Photo by Tim Chuey

Phil’s Smoothies made fresh fruit smoothies that are out of this world. Check out Phil’s Smoothies at the Dexter Lake Farmer’s Market.

Phil's Smoothies

Phil’s Smoothies | Photo by Tim Chuey

Then there is the Rebel Rally Beer Garden. Get more information about Rebel Rally at

The Rebel Rally Beer Garden also held tricycle time trials. You buy a beer and then get the chance to be the fastest tricycle rider and win a prize.

Rebel Rally Tricycle Races

Rebel Rally Tricycle Races | Photo by Tim Chuey

There were also booths selling unique items such as Dream Catchers and other items by Native Footprints Leatherwork & Beaded Designs.

Dream Catchers

Native Footprints Dream Catchers For Sale | Photo by Tim Chuey

And Tami’s Tie Dyes! Here is her Facebook page.

Tami's Tie Dye

Tami’s Tie Dyes! | Photo by Tim Chuey

In part one I showed you “Old Coots On Scoots” and some of their motorcycles. They want me to tell you the group is not limited to just “old coots” and that the have members who are adults, but by no means in the old category. Here’s another look at some of the cool machines they rode in on.

"Coots On Scoots" Motorcycles

“Coots On Scoots” Motorcycles | Photo by Tim Chuey”

Here were some other things to do at Dexter Lake Park including, boating, floating on a blowup raft, and wading.

Boating On Dexter LAke

Boating On Dexter Lake | Image by Tim Chuey

Sunning On A Raft

Relaxing On A Blowup Raft | Photo by Tim Chuey

Wading In Dexter Lake

Wading In Dexter Lake To Keep Cool | Photo by Tim Chuey

There was this guy who combined the rocket jetpack with water and literally floated in the air on water. If this interests you check out Jetpack


Water Jetpack 1 | Photo by Tim Chuey

Water Jetpack

Water Jetpack 2 | Photo by Tim Chuey

Water Jetpack 3

Water Jetpack 3 | Photo by Tim Chuey

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without Old Glory. This Iraq War Veteran, Jesse Taylor, walked through the park many times carrying his flag to demonstrate his love for America.

Veteran Carrying Flag

Iraq War Veteran Jesse TaylorCarries His Flag | Photo by Tim Chuey

To complete this Independence Day Celebration part 2 Let’s take a last look at some of the fireworks display.


Fireworks 2A | Photo by Tim Chuey

Fireworks 2B

Fireworks 2B | Photo by Tim Chuey

Fireworks 2C

Fireworks 2C | Photo by Tim Chuey

This was my 4th year participating in the 4th of July activities at Dexter Lake. If you attended you know how great the day turned out. If you were not there I hope what I have presented here makes you want to join us next year.

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