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Crustacean-eating contest caps annual Portland LobsterFest

Posted June 30, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.
Lisa Bailey-Carroll chows down on as many lobster as she can in 10 minutes during a crustacean-eating contest in Portland Saturday, June 30, 2012.
Lisa Bailey-Carroll chows down on as many lobster as she can in 10 minutes during a crustacean-eating contest in Portland Saturday, June 30, 2012. Buy Photo
Contestants including Shawn Moody (left) race to eat as many lobsters as possible in ten minutes during a lobster-eating contest in Portland Saturday June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier.
Contestants including Shawn Moody (left) race to eat as many lobsters as possible in ten minutes during a lobster-eating contest in Portland Saturday June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier. Buy Photo
Catherine Davidson of Maryland chows down on as many lobster as she can in ten minutes during a crustacean eating contest in Portland Saturday June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier.
Catherine Davidson of Maryland chows down on as many lobster as she can in ten minutes during a crustacean eating contest in Portland Saturday June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier. Buy Photo
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe was a judge at a lobster-eating contest in Portland Saturday, June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier. Proceeds from the event benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program and other Falmouth Rotary charities.
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe was a judge at a lobster-eating contest in Portland Saturday, June 30, 2012. The fourth annual Portland Lobster Festival was organized by the Falmouth Rotary and took place on the Maine State Pier. Proceeds from the event benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program and other Falmouth Rotary charities. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — A crustacean-eating contest, local beer and an appearance by retiring U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe capped off a daylong celebration of all things lobster on the Maine State Pier Saturday at the fourth annual Portland LobsterFest, put on by the Falmouth Rotary.

Snowe was one of three judges who watched a stage full of contestants eat as many lobsters as they could — both claws and the tail — in 10 minutes. The winner was Ben Floyd, who downed 11 lobsters.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and other Falmouth Rotary charities.

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