WALDOBORO — The Lincoln County Democratic Committee will host its Family Fun Day Lobster Bake Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Cider Hill Farm in Waldoboro. This event will feature the Democratic big tent, live music, beer, wine, freshly shucked local oysters and more.

“I was talking to Betsy Wooster, our resident Lincoln County Democratic Committee historian, the other day,” said Geoff Bates, the chair of fundraising initiatives for the organization, “and she believes that the first lobster bake was in 1990. With the year of the pandemic subtracted out, it makes this at least our 30th year.”

Invited guests include U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Gov. Janet Mills, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, Treasurer Henry Beck, Senate President Troy Jackson, and Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau, along with elected officials representing Lincoln County towns such as: Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli, Sen. Chloe Maxmin, Reps. Lydia Crafts, Allison Hepler and Holly Stover, District Attorney Natasha Irving, Sheriff Todd Brackett, and County Commissioners Mary Trescott and Bill Blodgett.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to support the committee; details be accessed, along with a link to make reservations, at lincolncountydemocrats.com/lobster.

In addition to featuring midcoast Maine lobsters at its Family Fun Day Lobster Bake Sunday, Aug. 8, the Lincoln County Democratic Committee will offer local entertainment and other culinary specialties of the region.

The Oystermen, purveyors of folk music, will provide background for the event. The group will be represented by Eric Rolfson and Jeff “Smokey” McKeen.

Rolfson was born in France, wrote textbooks on how to use folk songs in the classroom while teaching American history and social studies, and represented the U.S. on musical and cultural exchanges, primarily in under-developed countries.

In addition to being the head of operations of the Pemaquid Oyster Co., McKeen is a recognized folklorist who worked for many cultural organizations in Maine and the Canadian maritimes. He’s produced folk festivals, radio documentaries and collected traditional songs and dances. He served on the Maine Arts Commission from 2002 to 2005.

“We’re looking forward to hearing strains of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’ waft across Cider Hill Farm and fill our big tent,” said Valarie Johnson, a member of the LCDC Fundraising Committee.

The bake will also feature a cash raw oyster bar courtesy of the HUB, Bristol’s newest retail seafood outlet. The HUB will supply freshly-shucked Pemaquid Oysters accompanied by the mignonette sauces by WaldoStone Farm of Bristol.

“Kayli McKeen’s incomparable seaweed/cucumber mignonette delivers all the briny freshness of the HUB’s Pemaquid Oysters,” said Geoff Bates, the chair of fundraising.

“Thanks to the generous donations by these two local businesses, all purchases at the oyster bar will go straight to our organization,” shared Johnson.

Jeff Hurd, the owner of Waldoboro’s Narrows Tavern, will cater the event for the third year.

“Jeff has graciously offered his Cider Hill Farm site, at 785 Main St. in Waldoboro, for the event,” Johnson continued. “This is a gorgeous setting, with rolling meadows and shade trees for our activities. It’s a great afternoon for families and friends.”

The event starts at noon, with a social hour accompanied by The Oystermen. Dinner is served when lobsters (or a choice of grilled hot dogs or a vegan meal) come off the grill at 1 p.m. Short speeches by representatives in government will follow, and there will be three separate onsite raffles.

Lobster dinners include steamed mussels and whole potatoes, and all dinners include coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob and sweet summer watermelon. “Our vegan option is new this year,” Bates mentioned, “Folks who choose this will receive grilled veggies, a plant-based protein, corn-on-the-cob, vegan coleslaw and watermelon.”

Details of sponsorships can be accessed, along with a link to make reservations, at lincolncountydemocrats.com/lobster. The deadline for reservations is Monday, Aug. 2. For more information about this event, contact Bates at 644-8776.

The committee uses money they raise through this and other fundraisers to support local efforts in Lincoln County.