Lobsters on menu at St. George Days festival

Posted July 16, 2009, at 8:42 p.m.

ST. GEORGE, Maine — Lots of fun and lots of lobsters are in store for anyone who visits the St. George peninsula this weekend for the annual St. George Days festival.

The event will feature fireworks, a marine touch tank, a juried art show, a 5K race, and a 1950s and 1960s family street dance, organizers said.

For Tim Polky, the St. George fire chief and assistant town manager, one highlight is Saturday’s annual Fireman’s Association lobster dinner to be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town office in the village of Tenants Harbor.

“We cook all the lobsters,” Polky said. “It’s a fun time.”

Mussels, crab claws, corn and homemade pies will join Maine’s favorite crustacean on the menu, and all proceeds will help the town raise money to support the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association.

“The goal of this is to come up with cash to run it for another year,” Polky said.

The association has about $80,000 in yearly operating funds, and as one of the group’s three biggest fundraisers, the lobster dinner should bring in about $7,000 of that, Polky said.

“We’re one of the last towns with an all-volunteer first aid squad,” he said.

Other events include Friday’s classic car rally and street dance, which will feature live music from the band 3 Button Deluxe. If it’s raining, the dance will be held at the elementary school gymnasium. Organizers hope people will bring their antique cars and dancing shoes to the free event, which will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the elementary school parking lot in Tenants Harbor. Friday also features the kickoff to the seventh annual Artists of St. George art show, which will run through Aug. 2, at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall.

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a 9 a.m. yard sale, to be held across from the Tenants Harbor library, including an 11 a.m. Main Street parade with the St. Andrews Bagpipe Band. The day winds up with a 9 p.m. fireworks display over Tenants Harbor.

“There’s usually a pretty good turnout,” Polky said.

For more information, call Beth Friday at the town office at 372-6363.

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