A waterfront performance at last year's Bass Harbor Days. FILE PHOTO

‘Backside’ plans blast

TREMONT — The roar of racing lobsterboats, the smoky aroma of barbecue and dozens of old cars and motorcycles can mean only one thing: it’s time for the annual Bass Harbor Days celebration.

This is the seventh year of the festival, which begins Saturday at noon with a car and motorcycle show at Gordius Garage on Harbor Drive.

Roast pig, turkey, hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by members of the Tremont Congregational Church are on the menu. Musicians are expected to add to the fun, and dozens of cars and motorcycles will be on display. Rev. Wayne Buchanan will conduct a blessing of the cars and motorcycles at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday night is a celebration at the Town Wharf in Bernard, according to Chris Eaton, one of the organizers. While not revealing details about the celebration, Eaton promises a good time.

More than 60 boats are expected to compete Sunday in the annual lobsterboat races. Registration for the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association-sanctioned event is at 9 a.m. at the Town Wharf. Races will begin at 10:30 a.m. Homeport fishermen also will compete for the coveted fastest boat in Bass Harbor award.

Food, again prepared by members of the church, will be available at the wharf. At 1:30 p.m., Buchanan will conduct a blessing of the fleet from the bow of Wid Mincton’s barge, Charles Bradley.

On Wednesday, Eaton said he was finalizing details with L.L. Bean for a visit to the wharf on Sunday by the outfitter’s Bootmobile vehicle. The company is to have games for kids, he said.

Mark Good

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