MERCER — Lobster dinner Saturday night; turkey pie dinner on Sunday.

Those are just two of the events slated for this weekend as part of Mercer Old Home Days Weekend 2011.

Events begin at the Mercer Community Center on Beech Hill Road, off U.S. Route 2, at 9 a.m. Saturday with a quilt show, a craft fair, kids’ activities, food and local vendors.

The lobster dinner is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. All events are at the community center.

The popular Bog Water Carry all-terrain-vehicle obstacle course is set for 1 p.m., as is a similar race for children on their own bikes, according to association Vice President Amy Tibbetts.

There will be a pie-eating contest — if there are enough participants — at 2 p.m., and a whoopie pie bake-off, with judging and awards at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the turkey pie dinner is set to run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dinner is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

A program at the 1800 Mercer Meeting House, on the other side of Route 2, is set for 1 p.m., with a Lil’ Miss Mercer Pageant.

“The program was and remains the reason for Old Home Days weekend,” Tibbetts said. “As always, all proceeds of the weekend’s events directly support the restoration and repair of the Mercer Meeting House. This year, urgent repair is needed on the original tin ceiling tiles, as the winter and wet spring has accelerated rusting along seam edges, thus leaving eight tiles to be replaced or repaired.”

One of the weekend’s annual supporters, The Mercer Community Club, recently received a $2,000 grant from the Western Mountains Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The money will be used to purchase sports equipment, helping to increase physical activity in the community.

Another grant was awarded in 2010 from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund. That grant was used to provide a free monthly cultural series for all ages. The grant sponsored a puppet show and workshop, Martin Swinger concert, Conjuring Carroll the Magician, Zemya and a Gawler Family concert.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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