POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 is preparing for its 19th-annual ‘Clam Feed' this Saturday, having ordered more than 5,000 clams to be steamed for an all-day feast.

At $30 a person, the clam feed proceeds will go into the Legion's general fund, which goes to veterans' bingo rewards, kids' Little League and the Mother's Day weekend fishing derby every year.

The clam feed is on Saturday, Aug. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. The price includes portions from each of the four clam steams throughout the day, and unlimited hot dogs and hamburgers. The event is open to the public, 21 years of age or older. Beer will also be sold.

People can eat, drink and play horseshoes, games of chance or cribbage. The event is put on through the combined efforts of the three legions at Post 90: The Legion of the South; the Sons of the American Legion; and the Legion Auxiliary.

Kevin Dean, event organizer and member of the Sons of the American Legion, said that for the one flat price, someone can eat all day. He noted that the event attracts people from all over southern Vermont, eastern New York and Massachusetts.

"I get a lot of new people every year who will give me their numbers so I can give them a heads' up on the next year's clam feed," Dean said.

Tickets are on sale now at the American Legion, 5970 Route 7, or Mr. Winchester's Store and Deli on U.S. Route 7 in downtown Pownal.

The legion is open from 3 to 11 p.m.


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or later Thursday through Saturday. The legion hosts bingo every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Find the legion on Facebook. Call (802) 823-5060 or (802) 823-5016 for more information.

The American Legion Post 69 in Arlington will also be holding its annual "Clam Bake," beginning Saturday at noon.

Tickets are $30 each, which include a raw bar, hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages, as well as dinner consisting of barbecue chicken, salads and more. Call (802) 375-6157 for more information.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg