It was a crustacean sensation as the St. Mary’s Anglican Church put the spotlight back on charity with its third annual Lobster Fest.
With 65 lobsters ordered out of Nova Scotia and 65 to 75 people attending the Friday, June 19 event, a portion of the proceeds are put toward a Ponoka Secondary Campus scholarship and the rest goes to the church’s outreach program.
“We just wanted to do something a different, something fun and something to raise a little money for our outreach,” said organizer Deb Stevens.
Stevens explains the outreach program tries to affect locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. “A lot of the time, our outreach is not known until the need is there, like Nepal.”
The church has labeled the Lobster Fest — which always falls on the Father’s Day Friday — a lobster experience and featured lobster and steak dinners as well as to-go options. “What’s really popular is the lobster-to-go,” said Stevens.
“The big thing for us is to get together and have fun,” she added.
Now that Lobster Fest is in its third year, Stevens says people can now see the development of the event as individuals from outside of the community are making a trip in to attend. “It’s been growing. The first two years we were just playing around with it.”
The event was created when a previous priest introduced the idea after having seen it done elsewhere.