Lobster Livin’ on Maine’s Coast:
Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from all over the world
The first week of August is a very busy time for the seaside town of Rockland, Maine. Each year, thousands descend upon Rockland, Maine for five days of fun and feasting on the coast of Maine for the renowned Maine Lobster Festival. The Festival attracts families, lobster lovers, foodies, art lovers, and a wide variety of visitors from around the world to eat succulent Maine lobster, clams, scallops, shrimp, and other seafood right on the coast of Maine. In addition to enjoying delicious seafood, visitors can truly make a vacation out of their trip to the Festival by riding carnival rides, exploring touch tanks, learning marine life, and touring ships docked in Rockland Harbor. However, there are five important events that take place during the Maine Lobster Festival that you will not want to miss:
1. The crowning of the 2014 Maine Sea Goddess
Each year, the Maine Lobster Festival hosts the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation on the first night of the Festival. Young ladies from the local community compete for the coveted Maine Sea Goddess crown, representing the state of Maine and the lobster industry at other events throughout New England during their reigning year. The Coronation is one of the biggest events of the entire Festival, and it is certainly one of the most popular.
2. The Seafood Cooking Contest
Amateur chefs ages 18 and older are welcome to apply for a spot in the annual Seafood Cooking Contest at the Maine Lobster Festival. This event receives international recognition each year. A panel selects five contestants and their genuine recipes to participate. The panel selects contestants based on creativity, suitability of the seafood to the recipe, and simplicity. Recipes can be any type of dish and must include seafood found in Maine waters. The contest begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 on the Festival grounds in the North Entertainment tent.
3. Main Stage Entertainment!
The 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival welcomes both local and internationally recognized musicians to perform on the Main Stage at the Festival. In the past, the Festival has hosted performers like Willie Nelson, .38 Special, The Spin Doctors, Uncle Kracker, and David Cassidy. This year, the Festival will welcome Daryle Singletary and Confederate Railroad to headline the Friday night show, and rock legends Johnny Winter (pictured), Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Pete Rivera, and Kim Simmons to headline Saturday night’s show. The Main Stage will also feature Maine-based groups like the Dave Mallett Band, the Mallett Brothers Band, Amy Allen, and the Veayo Twins during Festival week. Tickets to the headlining shows can be purchased at www.mainelobsterfestival.com/store/.
4. A Big Parade!
Saturday morning during Festival week features The Big Parade. The procession is made up of participants from the local community, who all design their floats based on the Festival theme. This year, the Maine Lobster Festival’s theme is “Lobster Livin’: Families Behind the Industry” to honor all of the local lobstermen and their families. Join locals and visitors alike on Rockland Main Street to see parade participants express their creativity.
5. The Great International Lobster Crate Race
Sunday, the last day of the Maine Lobster Festival, is also Family Fun Day for all Festival attendees. General admission to the Festival is free on this final day, and features a number of fun events for children. One of the most popular events on Family Fun Day is the Great International Lobster Crate Race. Participants in this event face a major challenge: Run across a string of wooden lobster crates, or else take a swim in the chilly waters of Rockland Harbor.
The Maine Lobster Festival wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that make the event happen each year. Proceeds from the event are given back to the community. You can join the fun and volunteer in a wide variety of areas and receive one of the official volunteer tshirts! To learn more, visit http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/volunteer/ or call 1-800-LOB-CLAW.
While lobster continues to be the primary focus in Rockland during the first week of August, there is also plenty to do with the family at the 67th Annual Maine Lobster Festival. Don’t miss the “fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine” during your summer trip! To learn more about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit their website at www.mainelobsterfestival.com, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.