Lobster Bash goes for second haul--Rick and Kelly Dale to visit Digby

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on April 18, 2014

Phil Robertson and Richard Gaudet are wondering if Rick and Kelly Dale of American Restoration will be interested in restoring some lobster traps when they’re here for the Lobster Bash this summer.

©Jonathan Riley

Buoyed by the success of the first Lobster Bash, the organizing committee is ready for a second haul.

The second Lobster Bash is scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6 and organizers have been working all winter to fill up the schedule using some of the things that worked for the inaugural party and adding in some new touches to make it bigger and better.

Phil Robertson, Bash president,  is most excited about the celebrity couple that will be hanging out in Digby for the weekend – reality T.V. stars Rick and Kelly Dale of American Restoration will be at the marina Saturday and on the front street Sunday for the car show.

American Restoration is a spin off from Pawn Stars where Ricky appeared as antique restoration expert – the Dales are known for their work restoring vintage items like vending machines, juke boxes, gas pumps, barber chairs and even motorcycles.

“People who know them from T.V. and people who are into antiques restoration will want to come meet with them, chat with them,” says Robertson. “It’s about creating a draw for more people to come to Lobster Bash—the more people we bring in, the bigger and better a show we can put on.”

The organizers have called in some serious judges for the children’s Pirate Costume Contest on Sunday – the four Pirates of Halifax will sail into town in traditional pirate attire and are said to be looking for some new crew while they are here.

The pirates are also planning a special blast for Sunday night just before the fireworks—which Robertson says will be every bit as large and loud as last year’s.

They’ve hired street juggler Benjamin Reynolds to busk throughout the weekend. Reynold’s last show every night will be a fire juggling act.

Gordon Douglas, an Elvis impersonator, will be performing Saturday evening at the Marina.

Friday will see a Kitchen Party at the rink like last year with Dave Coggins and Gary Halliday and friends performing.

The touch tank will be back on the waterfront giving children of all ages a chance to get up close with a wide variety of sea life.

“That was real popular with the kids last year,” says Robertson. “They just loved it. We hope they’re going to love the Mud Dash too.”

Organizers have added a three-kilometre foot race race Saturday morning, starting on the beach by the wharf and running through the mud of the Racquette.

They’ve added remote control vehicle races too and will be holding all of last year’s competitions again: tug of war, rope splicing, rope coiling, trap stacking and trawl hauling, not to mention the parade of lights just before the fireworks.

And of course the Lobster Bash committee will be selling lobster again – the popular lobster rolls, lobster chowder and steamed lobsters too.

“Our main goal of this whole festival is to put lobster on everyone’s weekly menu,” says Robertson. “We’ll have the cooking demos again and we’ll make sure everyone gets a chance to eat lobster cheap.”