A glimpse into the past: Check out the Maine Lobster Festival over the years

Posted Aug. 03, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
A boy runs the crate race at the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 5, 1990, in Rockland.
BDN FILE PHOTO
A boy runs the crate race at the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 5, 1990, in Rockland.
The Maine Lobster Festival winning floats ride down the street on Aug. 6, 1975, in Rockland.
BDN FILE PHOTO
The Maine Lobster Festival winning floats ride down the street on Aug. 6, 1975, in Rockland.
The Sea Goddess and King Neptune wave at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland in this 1994 file photo.
BDN FILE PHOTO
The Sea Goddess and King Neptune wave at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland in this 1994 file photo.
A large crowd walks around the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 3, 2001, in Rockland.
Leanne M. Robicheau
A large crowd walks around the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 3, 2001, in Rockland.
Thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer as the annual Maine Lobster Festival parade passes by on Aug. 6, 2001, in Rockland.
Thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer as the annual Maine Lobster Festival parade passes by on Aug. 6, 2001, in Rockland.
A lobster bound for the table at the 65th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 1, 2012, in Rockland.
A lobster bound for the table at the 65th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 1, 2012, in Rockland.
&quotBlackbeard" clears the way for King Poseidon and the Maine Sea Goddess candidates as they make their way to the throne at the 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival on July 31, 2013, in Rockland.
Michael York
"Blackbeard" clears the way for King Poseidon and the Maine Sea Goddess candidates as they make their way to the throne at the 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival on July 31, 2013, in Rockland.
Local lobster cooking legend Peter Smith leans over a basket of crustaceans at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival on July 30, 2014, in Rockland.
Local lobster cooking legend Peter Smith leans over a basket of crustaceans at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival on July 30, 2014, in Rockland.

When you think of Maine, you think of lobster. The shellfish has been synonymous with the state since the fishery took well over a century ago. For 67 years, the Maine Lobster Festival has brought thousands of pounds of lobster, parades, crate races and sea goddesses to Rockland. Here are a selection of archived images from past festivals. Research by Jeanne Luetjen and scanning by Linda Kamp.

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