Uncle Kracker, a Parrothead Party and Emerson Drive headline Lobster Festival

Posted July 24, 2011, at 9:29 p.m.

It’s year 64 for the annual celebration of lobsters and summer on the coast of Maine. The Lobster Festival will be held Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 3-7, and those of us at the Chamber know we’ll see more than 6,000 people coming through our doors to find places to eat, stay and play while they are here or to gather information for future trips back to the area. Rockland will hum with attendees and sidewalk sales, and visitors will be spread throughout the midcoast.

The “Lobster-palooza”-themed parade will travel down Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. In honor of the final graduating classes of Georges Valley and Rockland District high schools, their mascots — a Buccaneer and a Tiger — will ride together as grand marshals. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to pay tribute by wearing school colors and walking behind their mascots.

Lobster Festival directors have “cranked up” the music a bit this year, too, fulfilling the perennial promise of fun and feasting at Harbor Park in Rockland. Uncle Kracker will

headline the festival along with hot country rockers Emerson Drive.

Uncle Kracker, known for hits including “Follow Me,” “Drift Away” and “Smile,” has been part of stage shows with Kid Rock and has toured and written with Kenny Chesney. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Saturday show are $30 for seating directly in front of the stage, including festival admission.

Friday night’s performers, Emerson Drive, are known for top-five hits such as “Waiting on Me,” “Last One Standing” and this year’s “Believe.” Tickets for the Friday show are $25 for seating directly in front of the stage, including festival admission.

Thursday night’s entertainment features one of the country’s best Jimmy Buffett tribute shows, Changes in Latitudes. Beach attire is encouraged. There is no charge beyond

festival admission.

Other acts include the legendary Maine band Devonsquare, Portland-based Adam and The Waxmen, Nat Hussey Band from Matinicus, The Gizmo Guys, Chaos Sauce, Steelin’ Thunder, Professor Paddywhack and Paddy Mills.

Reserved seating tickets for Friday and Saturday nights may be purchased at either local chamber of commerce office (a $3 service charge per ticket applies) or at the festival.

Call the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber with credit card orders at 596-0376 or 800-562-2529, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, or 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekends.

Call the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber with cash, credit card or check orders

at 236-4404, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends.

A complete schedule may be found at http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com. More information is available by calling 596-0376 of 800-LOB-CLAW.

Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, email shari@therealmaine.com or visit http://www.TheRealMaine.com.

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