Fewer lobsters consumed at annual Rockland festival

Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — There were fewer lobsters eaten by people attending the 2014 Maine Lobster Festival, according to organizers.

Paid attendance also was down from a year ago.

Chuck Kruger, Maine Lobster Festival Board president, said Tuesday that overall it was a very good festival.

He released figures Tuesday that showed revenues from paid admissions at $141,590 for the festival that ended Sunday, down from $143,627 in 2013. He pointed out, however, that there is no admission charge on Sunday, the final day of the five-day event on Rockland’s waterfront.

The Maine Lobster Festival grounds were filled throughout Sunday.

The amount of lobsters sold totaled 14,086 pounds with another 1,152 pounds sold in lobster rolls and salads. This is down from 16,890 pounds sold in 2013 and 864 pounds of lobster meat in rolls and salads.