Winter Harbor to celebrate its 57th Lobster Festival Saturday

WINTER HARBOR — After the coronavirus pandemic caused the town of Winter Harbor to cancel its annual lobster festival last year—and almost again this year — residents and town officials are preparing to celebrate the flagship event on Saturday, Aug. 14.

“We’re delighted to host our 57th annual Lobster Festival,” said Town Manager Cathy Carruthers. “We missed everybody last year.”

The day’s events kick off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall, followed by the annual craft fair hosted by the Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will be set up at the town gym, along School Street and throughout locations around town.

At 10 a.m., spectators can enjoy the lobster boat races at Henry Cove, which are sponsored by D.C. Air & Seafood.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a demonstration on birch bark canoe building and repair will be held at 23 Harbor Road, and Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause Truck will serve treats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. along School Street.

A lobster dinner at the fire station will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a parade at 5:30 p.m.

The festivities will conclude with fireworks, also sponsored by D.C. Air & Seafood.

Carruthers said many people have offered to help to put on the event.

“We’ve gotten quite a few volunteers … probably more than we’ve had,” she said.

Initially, the Winter Harbor Board of Selectmen decided at its May 10 meeting to not hold the town-sanctioned event — but supported the privately-sponsored fireworks and lobster boat races — due in part to the logistics in planning an event that followed the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.

After those guidelines were lifted in May, the board unanimously decided at its May 24 meeting to hold the event in full.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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