All Things Blueberry at Annual Wing Ding in Lincolnville

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (WABI) "The touchstone in the summer. We sort of resolve around summer festivals here in the town. The strawberry festival and the library picnic and now this blueberry Wing Ding kind of wraps things up for the summer."

It's an event that brings folks in for miles.

The annual "Wing Ding" held every year at McLaughlin's Seafood restaurant in Lincolnville is quite the draw.

The goal of the event is quite simple.

"To give back to the community. All the improvements and the scholarships and also the blueberry itself is so important to Maine in the economy that is a great pairing."

Hannah Burke is no stranger to the blueberry crop.

She's been growing and raking them since she was 6 years old.

So, delivering over 140 pounds of blueberries for this year's event wasn't much of a challenge, unlike last year.

"I didn't think I'd actually have blueberries after I thought we would be all out, and so this year I prepared much better. I've saved lots of berries so that if people need berries after they go to the wing ding, they're welcome to call or stop by."

Hundreds of pancakes will be served Saturday from 7:00 a.m till 10:30 a.m.

None of that would be possible without the hard-working folks from the Lincolnville Improvement Association...proceeds from this event benefit their group.

"It brings everyone together. We have people from who are not just members of the Lincolnville Improvement Association but live here in the town and have a vested interest in our community who will come in and volunteer and help us. Without them, our organization only has 40 members. So, I need a big work crew for this and they're wonderful."

The organization has been working hard for the last century beautifying the town as well as giving out scholarships to local high school students.

This is the association's 15th year cooking up the Maine staple, and they say they couldn't do it without their favorite host.

"Ricky McLaughlin giving us his facility for the morning and here is peak season for him. He couldn't be more wonderful and more gracious."