March 21, 2018
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What’s happening at Maine Lobster Festival

ROCKLAND — The Maine Lobster Festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 4-8, at Harbor Park in Rockland bringing together thousands of Mainers and visitors.

Festival schedule highlights include:

Wednesday, Aug. 4

• Ongoing: Open Juried Art Show, Camden National Bank and Main Street Downtown Merchant Windows. Through Sunday.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., tours of United States Coast Guard Station, Tillson Avenue. Through Sunday.

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m., craft time hosted by the Puffin Project in the Children’s Tent.

• Noon-10 p.m., free shuttle service to and from the festival grounds from Rockland District High School and Rockland District Middle School. Free parking at both locations. Through Sunday.

• Noon, Festival officially opens. Opening ceremonies, next to the flagpole, harbor master’s building.

• Noon-2 p.m., Carol Inouye of Thomaston, artist of the 2010 official Maine Lobster Festival posters, signing posters, Fine Arts Tent. Through Sunday.

• Noon-4 p.m., Holly Sherburne signing copies of her book, “The Maine Plate: Maine Vanity License Plates and Their Meanings,” Marine Experience Tent.

• Noon-5 p.m., Sugar Angel the Clown, face painting and a balloon booth, Children’s Tent.

• 2-3 p.m., children’s craft time, Children’s Tent. Through Sunday.

• 3 p.m., Bay Winds, Main Stage.

• 4 p.m., tribute to United States Coast Guard, Main Stage.

• 5-8 p.m., Tastes Like Chicken, North Entertainment Tent.

• 8 p.m., coronation of 2010 Maine Sea Goddess, Main Stage.

• 9-10 p.m., Chaos Sauce, North Entertainment Tent.

Thursday, Aug. 5

• 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., all-the-pancakes-you-can-eat blueberry pancake breakfast, Eating Tent. $6, $3 children. Through Sunday.

• 9 a.m.-7 p.m., traditional Chinese culture, Children’s Tent.

• 10 a.m., Professor Paddywhack, one-man band, entertaining on the grounds until 3 p.m.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tours of the Navy Ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Navy ship tours leave on the hour with tickets passed out on the half-hour. The last tour leaves the pier at 4 p.m. and leaves the ship at approximately 5 p.m. Tours are first-come, first-served. A picture ID is required. Minor children must be accompanied by an adult. The ship is not handicapped-accessible. No weapons, bags of any kind or drinking containers will be allowed. Small purses and cameras permitted.

• 11 a.m., Lobster serving begins in the Eating Tent. Through Sunday.

• Noon-4 p.m., Barbara Tommlinson, “Evolution of Lobsters,” Marine Experience Tent.

• 1-6 p.m., Eleanor Motley Richardson signing copies of “North Haven Summers” and “Mechanic Street,” Marine Experience Tent.

• 1-4 p.m., Castlebay, North Entetainment Tent.

• 5:30 p.m., Adam & The Waxmen, Main Stage.

• 6-9 p.m., Nat Hussey Band, North Entertainment Tent.

• 8 p.m., Motor Booty Affair, Main Stage.

Friday, Aug. 6

• 9 a.m., Registration for Children’s Parade, south end of Eating Tent near harbor master’s building.

• 9 a.m., Maine Seafood Cooking Contest, demonstrations, North Entertainment Tent.

• 10 a.m., Carnival opens.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eva Murray, signing copies of her book “A Letter from Matinicus,” Marine Experience Tent.

• 10 a.m., Children’s Parade on festival grounds.

• 11:30 a.m., Maine Seafood Cooking Contest judging, North Entertainment Tent.

• 1:15 p.m., Mustard’s Retreat, North Entertainment Tent.

• Carolyn Locke, signing her book of poetry, “Always This Falling,” Marine Experience Tent.

• 3:30 p.m., Harborside Harmony, North Entertainment Tent.

• 6-10 p.m., Retro Rockerz, North Entertainment.

• 7:30 p.m., Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes with opening act Jessica Prouty Band, Main Stage.

Saturday, Aug. 7

• 8:30 a.m., Parade lineup begins at Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway.

• 10 a.m., parade down Main Street. Features co-Grand Marshals Julie Raye and Paulette Sylvester, newly crowned 2010 Maine Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses and their military escorts, King Neptune and his court, bands, marching units, floats, drill teams, vehicles and more.

• Noon-4 p.m., Capt. Neal Parker will sign copies of his new book “Dr. Beagle” and “The Lobsterman and The U.F.O.,” Marine Experience Tent. His daughter Annabelle Parker will do children’s face painting.

• Noon-5 p.m., craft time with Lowe’s, Children’s Tent.

• 12:30 p.m., Steelin’ Thunder steel drum band, North Entertainment tent.

• 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mustard’s Retreat, North Entertainment Tent.

• 1:30 p.m., Blindfold Rowboat Race at the waterfront under the bridge. Register before 1 p.m. at the Information Booth.

• 2-6 p.m., Holly Sherburne signing copies of her new book, “The Maine Plate: Maine Vanity License Plates and Their Meanings,” Marine Experience Tent.

• 3 p.m., Parade awards on the Main Stage. A complete list will be posted at the Information Booth.

• 4:15 p.m., Mallett Bros. Band, North Entertainment Tent.

• 8 p.m., Clint Black with opening act Kelly Parker, Main Stage.

Sunday, Aug. 8

• 7 a.m., registration for The Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race. Sign-up at the Information Booth.

• 7 a.m., Registration for Children’s One-Mile Fun Run and 10K Road Race, Main Stage.

• 7:30 a.m., Children’s One-Mile Fun Run begins.

• 8:30 a.m., Adults’ 10K road race begins.

• 9:30 a.m., Registration begins for Children’s Cod Fish Carry at the Information Booth. Open to children entering grades two through four.

• 10 a.m., Registration begins for Children’s Lobster Eating Contest at the Information Booth. Open to children ages 8 to 11. $1.

• 10 a.m.-Noon, Fran Hodgkins autographing copies of three of her books, Marine Experience Tent, proceeds of the book sales donated to Maine Protected Resources Fund. She will be accompanied by costumed friends Sully the Seal and Dolly the Dolphin.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sarah Cotnoir of the Department of Marine Resources collecting signatures and giving out information about the new Maine Marine Mammals license plates, Marine Experience Tent.

• 10:30 a.m., Registration begins for “Little Lobster” Diaper Derby at the Information Booth. Crawlers only.

• 11:30 a.m., Children’s Cod Fish Carry contest, Main Stage.

• Noon, Real Maine Man Pageant, North Entertainment Tent.

• Noon, Children’s Lobster Eating Contest, Main Stage.

• 12:30 p.m., “Little Lobster” Diaper Derby, Main Stage.

• 1 p.m., Wicked Good Band, Main Stage.

• 2 p.m., The Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race, on the waterfront.

• 2:30 p.m., Windjammer Chorus, Main Stage.

• 3:30 p.m., Robby Coffin Combo, Main Stage.

• 5 p.m., Wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea, after which King Neptune and his court depart the public floats for the briny deep.

• 6 p.m., festival closes.

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