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Admission & Information General Admission Wednesday, Aug. 1 (Opening Day) Adults, $1; Children aged 12 and under are free. Thursday, Aug. 2 Friday, Aug. 3 Saturday, Aug. 4 Adults, $8; Children 6-12 years old, $2. Children aged 5 and under are free. Coast Guard members and their dependents are free. Sunday, Aug. 5 Hometown and Family Fun Day. Admission is free. Active Military personnel who show ID will be given free admission. Thank you for your service. Steins & Vines Beer and Wine Tasting Event Tickets The 5th Annual Steins and Vines tasting event featuring Maine brewers and vintners will be held Thursday, August 2 in front of the “Maine”

stage. Tickets are $30 each which includes festival admission. This Event is limited to adults aged 21 years or older. Photo ID is required for admittance and no one under age 21 is permitted in the venue. Advanced tickets strongly suggested. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the Main and Park Street gates. Smokey’s Greater Shows Carnival Wednesday, August 1 - “Old Fashioned Family Night” - ticket pricing will be $1 with rides taking 1 or 2 tickets each. Bracelet price: $17 Bracelet days: Thursday, August 2 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm Friday, August 3 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday, August 5 - 11:00am - 6:00pm (Subject to changes from vendor)

Parking & Shuttles The Maine Lobster Festival runs continuous free shuttles from the parking lot of South Elementary School (formerly Rockland District Middle School) to the Festival gate all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Shuttles arrive at each location approximately every 20 minutes. Limited shuttles will be available during the parade. The Maine Lobster Festival does not have any designated parking spaces for our guests. The City of Rockland has several public lots throughout town, and several organizations offer paid parking opportunities. Organizers do their best to assist handicapped visitors with several handicap spaces, but cannot guarantee that any spaces will be available. In addition, assistance will be provided with loading and unloading handicapped passengers at the front gate, and volunteers will see them safely

onto the grounds while the driver parks the car. Golf cart transportation is also available to the grounds for those who desire assistance. While the nature of Rockland (an historic New England town) doesn’t lend itself to easy parking, volunteers are ready to help in any way they can. Handicap parking is located on the northbound lane of South Main Street (approximately eight spaces). This is directly adjacent to the festival grounds and Main Gate. There is also handicapped parking on the north side of Myrtle Street (approximately 14 spaces directly across the street from the Main Gate). The best time to get these parking spaces is early in the day when the festival first opens, as this is when gate traffic is the lightest.


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Table of Contents ADMISSIONS INFO..............................4 PARKING & SHUTTLE INFO.................4 WIFI CONNECTION..............................6 BOARD OF DIRECTORS.......................7 PRESIDENT’S LETTER........................8 RECYCLING.......................................10 EVENT SCHEDULE....................... 12-18 GROUND RULES................................19 GUIDE TO TENTS......................... 20-21 MAP OF THE GROUNDS....................22 FINE ARTS AND CRAFT TENT..... 23-27 MARINE EXPERIENCE TENT....... 28-29 BOOK SIGNINGS...............................29 CHILDREN’S TENT............................30 CHILDREN’S EVENTS........................31 LOBSTER FESTIVAL GEAR.......... 32-33 THE MARKETPLACE..........................34 VENDORS..........................................35 MENU................................................36 LOBSTER COOKER............................37 HOW TO EAT A LOBSTER..................38 OPEN JURIED ART SHOW.................39 VOLUNTEERING................................39 NAVAL SHIP TOURS..........................40 SEA GODDESS PAGEANT..................41 SEA PRINCESS NOMINEES......... 42-43 STEINS & VINES TASTING EVENT.....45 COOKING CONTEST..........................46 2016 WINNING LOBSTER RECIPE.....47 LOBSTER FEST PARADE............. 48-49 RACE REGISTRATION FORM....... 50-51 CRATE RACE.....................................52 OUR HISTORY............................. 54-57 COMMUNITY FESTIVAL ............. 58-59 FESTIVAL SPONSORS................. 60-61 THANK YOU.......................................62


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The Maine Lobster Festival provides free Wi-Fi hotspots on the grounds during all five days of the festival. Wi-Fi-enabled equipment will connect to the festival network at no cost to users. Festival sponsor LCI Fiber Optic Network will provide this service to all festival-goers. Check in to the Maine Lobster Festival on Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, or Snapchat with friends on your mobile device and show them around the grounds. When first connecting to the network, users will see the Festival splash screen. Click on that, and it will let users into the network. This is provided as part of the festival admission. We encourage you to like us on Facebook, facebook.com/ mainelobsterfestival, and follow us on Twitter: @MELobsterFest and Instagram: @mainelobsterfest. Share your experience with us by using the hashtag, #MaineLobsterFestival. Learn about LCI Fiber Optic Network by visiting lcifiber.net

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2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Cynthia Powell Vice President: Michelle Hannan Treasurer: Laurie Smith Secretary: Barbara Toler

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President - Cynthia Powell; Vice President Michelle Hannan; Treasurer - Laurie Smith; Secretary - Barbara Toler; Elected Directors Buddy Carleton, Jim Brickel, and Celia Knight.

DIRECTORS Charlie Bagnall; Peter Beal; Bob Bird; Jim Brickel; Buddy Carleton; Jen Chapman; Aaron Curtis; Paul Desaulniers; John Ferraiolo; Dan Flaherty; Ashley Hunt; Susan Johnson; Shannon Kinney; Alice Knight; Celia Knight; Sharon Lombardo; Brian Messing; Bob Oxton; Brandy Perkins; Cynthia Powell; Laurie Smith; Peter Smith; John Fochtman; Michelle Hannan; Barbara Toler; Vern Mossman; Kelly Leidenroth; Nancy Jeffers. In memory of Brian Plourde 1960-2018. Forever a member of our Festival family

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2018 President’s Letter We Welcome you to the 71st Annual Maine Lobster Festival. From its humble beginning in 1947 to the 5-day celebration we know today, one thing has never changed – the delicious bounty of fresh Maine Lobster right from the waters of Penobscot Bay. We continue our commitment to promote and support our hard working lobstering community by serving lobster locally sourced from right here in Knox County. Last year we served nearly 21,000 pounds of lobster during the Festival, and we are counting on everyone to do their part to break last year’s total! As a volunteer-run non-for-profit organization it is our mission to give back to our local communities in ways large and small. In the last decade the Maine Lobster Festival has been fortunate to be able to donate over $775,000 in support to many area charitable organizations such as senior and student groups, local food pantries and shelters, youth sports groups, animal rescue, and other groups in need. We assist in purchasing equipment and vehicles to area first responders and provide annual scholarships to deserving High School Seniors. You may have noticed the Donation Stations located on the grounds. Each day they are dedicated to a different focus of need; youth, food banks, animal shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and morale funds for our USCG and first responders. The Maine Lobster Festival pledges up to $500 per day in matching funds. There is so much to see and do. Watch fresh steamed lobstahs being prepared at the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker. Head over to the Food Tent for a delicious Lobster or Shore dinner. Visit our Arts & Crafts and Marketplace tents to find beautiful hand-crafted items. In the Marine Tent, learn how lobster traps are made and see marine creatures up close in our touch tank. The North Tent offers our Cooking contest, cooking demonstrations and other events. Over on the Maine Stage, watch live performances by talented musicians from all over Maine. There is something for everyone here! On behalf of the Maine Lobster Festival family, our Directors, Members and our more than 1,300 amazing Volunteers, we’re so glad you’re here with us, and we hope you have a wonderful time! Enjoy! Cynthia Powell President


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Festival works to be environmentally friendly The Maine Lobster Festival is continuing its recycling efforts in its ongoing commitment to be a green-friendly festival. For years, the festival has recycled cans and bottles and donated the money collected from returnables to youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. While many bottles and cans make it into recycle bins, many end up in the trash. This year on the festival grounds, visitors again will notice recycling signs and containers for returnables. Visitors are asked to turn in bottles and cans for recycling and not place them in the trash. In future years, the Maine Lobster Festival hopes to expand its recycling efforts to include biodegradable eating utensils, and

also hopes to have the Food Tent’s trash and lobster shells separated for composting. Festival-goers are invited to help organizers in their efforts to be a greener festival. Share recycling ideas or suggestions with us by emailing info@mainelobsterfestival.com.


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EACH DAY, ALL DAY:

Art show at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank (300 Main St.)

FREE SHUTTLE BUS The festival provides free shuttle services to and from the festival grounds from the following location. A bus arrives at each location approximately every 20 minutes. • South Elementary School (formerly Rockland District Middle School)

Check days for detailed schedule: • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Bus starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m. • Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. • Saturday, Aug. 4: Limited service 9 a.m. to noon. Full service starts after parade (noon) and ends at 11 p.m. • Sunday, Aug. 5: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Bus arrives at each location approximately every 20 minutes.

Opening day: Wednesday, August 1 DONATION STATIONS – are located at the Main and Park Street Gates and Information/Souvenir Tent. Donations received on Wednesday will be given to area youth programs.

All Day

briny deep courtesy of the USCG to raise the flag and officially open the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival. Flag raising ceremony will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building. Lobster Serving Begins at the Food Tent

ART SHOW at Main Street branch of Camden (Noon-8 p.m.) National Bank (300 Main St.)

9 a.m. GATES OPEN

Noon 71ST ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS

Festival officially opens, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides and games. King Neptune and his court, along with Haylie Dawn Witham, the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps and lobster Caesar salad. Smokey’s Greater Shows - Old Fashioned Dollar Day - $1 tickets all day!

Noon - 1 p.m. CORONATION REHEARSAL Maine Stage


Noon - 2 p.m. MIKE PRESTON

Eating Tent A country artist with a voice that will melt away your worries.

2 - 3:30 p.m. POSTER SIGNING - Artist Megan Rogers

North Entertainment Tent Meet our 2017 & 2018 poster artist Megan Rogers and learn more about how she creates her work. Posters will be available for purchase and signing!

2:15 - 4:15 p.m. PADDY MILLS

Eating Tent An award winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.

4:30 - 6 p.m. TOM ULICHNY

Eating Tent A talented performer and Executive Director of Midcoast Music Academy. Tom’s music is equal parts warm soul and audio science.

8 - 10 p.m. THE 71ST MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION Maine Stage Come see the coronation of the 71st Maine Sea Goddess! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses. The winner receives a cash prize and the title of The Maine Sea Goddess with a lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year, culminating with the start of the 2019 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.

Day 2: Thursday, August 2 DONATION STATIONS – are located at the Main and Park Street Gates and Information/Souvenir Tent. Donations received on Thursday will be given to local animal shelters.

All Day ART SHOW at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank (300 Main St.)

7-10 a.m.

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps and lobster Caesar salad. All Food Vendors open at 11 am.

11 a.m. COOKING DEMONSTRATION With Chef

Stefano Corvucci North Entertainment Tent Owner of the Culinary Institute of Bologna Italy prepares locally sourced, Italian blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered influenced lobster and seafood pasta dishes using FIORE Italian olive oils and vinegars. through Sunday. True passion and infectious commitment to putting the food first – taste, texture, aroma 9 a.m. and seasonality pervades his-state-of the art GATES OPEN. Steins & Vines tickets available approach to cooking. for purchase at Main and Park Street gates (21 years or older - ID required) Noon - 5 p.m.

ALL-THE-PANCAKES-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST in the Food Tent featuring

10 a.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!

Noon - 1:30 p.m. PRESTON & CURRY COUNTRY

Maine Stage This duo brings their classic country sound to the Maine Lobster Festival.


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Day 2: Thursday, August 2 (cont.) 1 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

1:45 - 3 p.m. ALTER IGOR

Maine Stage Come check out their mix of rock, power pop and British invasion tunes.

2 p.m.

Hosted by MIM BIRD, prizes and bragging rights await with this fun event!

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. STEINS & VINES

Maine Stage Celebrate our 5th Annual event showcasing Maine brewers and vintners. Additional charge for admittance, age 21 or older, photo ID is required.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. NEW SHADES OF BLUE

Maine Stage Playing cool jazz for this hot event.

6 - 10 p.m.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION With Chris Oliver

North Entertainment Tent Festival Cooking Contest Judge demonstrates how you can make Lobster Scampi.

3 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!

7 - 9 p.m. MALLETT BROTHERS BAND

Maine Stage Nationally known with a style that can range from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot.

3 - 5 p.m. STESHA CANO

Eating Tent Whether she’s singing jazz standards, R&B or modern pop, she’s easy to listen to and hard to define.

4 p.m.

WORLD’S FASTEST KNITTER North Entertainment Tent

TIM SULLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Day 3: Friday, August 3 DONATION STATIONS - are located at the Main and Park Street Gates and Information/Souvenir Tent. Donations received on Friday will be given to local area food banks.

All Day ART SHOW at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank (300 Main St.)

7-10 a.m. ALL-THE-PANCAKES-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST in the Food Tent featuring

blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

9 a.m. GATES OPEN.

9 a.m. AMATEUR SEAFOOD COOKING CONTEST North Entertainment Tent Amateur chefs will compete in this fan favorite annual Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest.


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Day 3: Friday, August 3 10 a.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

11 a.m. LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps and lobster Caesar salad. All Food Vendors open at 11am.

Noon - 5 p.m. SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS - BRACELET DAY!

Noon - 1:30 p.m. JUD CASWELL

Maine Stage A bit like a one-man folk festival mixing banjo picking, Irish drinking songs and awardwinning original sounds.

1 p.m. COOKING DEMONSTRATION with Chris Oliver North Entertainment Tent This 3-time Chili & Chowder Contest champ shows how to make his award-winning Seafood Chowder.

3 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

3:15 - 5 p.m. HURRICANE MOUNTAIN

Maine Stage Mixes traditional country roots along with swing and boogie woogie making them one of Maine’s premier country bands!

6 - 10 p.m. SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS - BRACELET DAY!

6 - 7:30 p.m. ERICA BROWN AND THE BLUEGRASS CONNECTION

Maine Stage The name says it all for this award-winning fiddler and her band.

7:45 - 9:30 p.m. HELLO NEWMAN

Maine Stage Maine’s premier alternative rock band always gives its audience a great show with great tunes and a great time – and that means lots of dancing!

1 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

1:45 - 3 p.m. HARBOR CATS

Maine Stage Presenting MCMA’s new house band here to rock the stage.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HELLONEWMANBAND.COM


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Day 4: Saturday, August 4 HAPPY 228TH BIRTHDAY TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD! To recognize active duty

Coast Guard members on this special day, we would like to offer FREE admission to their dependents today. Thank you for your service to our city and our country. DONATION STATIONS – are located at the Main and Park Street Gates and Information/Souvenir Tent. Donations received on Saturday will be given to USCG and local First Responders’ morale funds.

All Day ART SHOW at Main Street branch of

Camden National Bank (300 Main Street)

7-10 a.m. ALL-THE-PANCAKES-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST in the Food Tent featuring

blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

9 a.m. GATES OPEN. Buy your admission early

before the parade!

10 a.m. THE BIG PARADE, Rockland Main Street “Kids, Laughter & Lobster”

11 a.m. LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps and lobster Caesar salad. All Food Vendors open at 11am.

Noon BALTIMORE BAND DEMONSTRATION

Maine Stage The purpose of “The Band” is to provide a structured recreational activity for the youth and young adults of Baltimore City. Through music and dance, they provide a positive atmosphere of support, stability and encouragement.

12:30 p.m. MAINE CABIN MASTERS

North Entertainment Tent Meet the DIY Network Stars and wicked cool Mainah’s and ask them the tough questions like “can you actually get there from here?”

12:30 p.m. THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHEERLEADERS

The cheerleaders take the stage for a photo and autograph session.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Maine Stage A big band is hitting the big stage with a variety of Latin, jazz, funk, and blues.

3 p.m. MAD SCIENCE - FIRE AND ICE SHOW

North Entertainment Tent Join us for scientific fun with fire and ice! Kids will explore and learn about the amazing properties of fire and combustion. Witness the “Swoosh, Whoosh, Aaah” experiment along with the “Big Burp,” the “Sizzling Scissors” and the famous “Mad Science Shower.” Mad Science provides live, interactive and compelling educational experiences that make learning a blast!

4 - 5:15 p.m. UKES ROCK

Maine Stage A popular local ukulele group.

4 - 6 p.m. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 10K ROAD RACE AND 5K RUN/WALK

Last chance to pre-register for the 10K Road Race and 5K Run/Walk. If you’ve already registered online, you can pick up your packet at this time so you can head straight to the starting line in the morning. Come to the tent at the bottom of the hill inside the Main Gate.


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Day 4: Saturday, August 4 6 - 7:30 p.m. STEELIN’ THUNDER

Maine Stage Don’t miss Midcoast Maine’s steel drum sensations – Hawaiian shirts strongly encouraged.

8 - 9:30 p.m. PAT COLWELL AND THE SOUL SENSATIONS Maine Stage A powerful mix of Motown and Memphis soul guaranteed to bring down the house.

Day 5: Sun., Aug.5 - Family Fun Day! FREE ADMISSION DONATION STATIONS – are located at the Main and Park Street Gates and Information/Souvenir Tent. Donations received on Sunday will be given to Habitat For Humanity.

All Day ART SHOW at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank (300 Main St.)

5 - 7 a.m. REGISTRATION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL GREAT CRATE RACE Registration officially begins at 7 a.m. but because of this event’s popularity, spots fill up in minutes. We recommend getting in line two hours early.

7 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ALL KIDS’ EVENTS!

Registration officially opens for International Great Crate Race, Kids’ Fun Run, Children’s Lobster Eating Contest, and Little Lobster Diaper Derby.

7 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THE 10K, 5K, AND KIDS’ FUN RUN

7 - 10 a.m. ALL-THE-PANCAKES-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST in the Eating Tent featuring

blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children.

8:30 a.m. 1 MILE KIDS’ FUN RUN Near the Main Gate

9:30 a.m. PRESENTATION OF 10K, 5K, KIDS’ FUN RUN AWARDS

Near the Maine Stage Awards are presented to overall race winners and top male and female finishers in multiple age categories for our Fun Run, 10K and 5K races.

10 a.m. CHILDREN’S PARADE

Sign up at the far end of the Eating Tent at 9 a.m.

10 a.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

11 a.m. LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps and lobster Caesar salad. All Food Vendors open at 11am.

8:00 a.m.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

10K ROAD RACE AND 5K RUN/WALK BEGINS

SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS - BRACELET DAY!

Near the Main Gate


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Day 5: Sun., Aug.5 - Family Fun Day! FREE ADMISSION 11:30 a.m. COD FISH CARRY AND LOBSTER EATING CONTEST Maine Stage

12:30 p.m. LITTLE LOBSTER DIAPER DERBY Maine Stage

1 p.m. JOJO THOREAU - CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

North Entertainment Tent JoJo started formulating stories when she was 7 years old and published her first book Bendy Wendy in 2014 at age 9 and her second book Buckaroo Bobbie Sue in 2015. She lives in rural Maine and loves to spend time at libraries discovering new authors as well as old favorites. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA), Western Writers of America (WWA) and Women Writing the West (WWW).

1 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

2 p.m. INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE begins at Rockland Harbor

2 - 4 p.m. DAVID DOBSON AND THE LOWDOWN BAND Maine Stage Bringing a mix of folk, rock jazz, and country to the stage.

3 p.m. COAST GUARD STATION TOUR

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

5 p.m. WREATH CEREMONY

King Neptune and the 2018 Sea Goddess will lead a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea, held at the public pier.

6 p.m. 71ST ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL CLOSES

See you at the 72nd annual Maine Lobster Festival, July 31 - August 4, 2019!


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Ground Rules Bikes, skateboards, shoe skates, coolers, and chairs are not permitted entry to the grounds. Pets: Well-behaved pets on short leashes will be allowed entry to the grounds at the discretion of the festival director supervising the gates. If you prefer to leave your pet with a professional while you visit the festival, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-562-2529 for a list of resources.


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Guide to Tents, Booths & Displays INFORMATION BOOTH

THE MARKETPLACE

In addition to getting general information about the Maine Lobster Festival, this is where visitors will find contest applications and registration information and official Maine Lobster Festival T-shirts, hats, aprons, tote bags, mugs, posters, assorted souvenirs, and other items. This booth also handles lost-and-found items, including lost parents looking for their children. Plan to meet others in your group at the back of the booth, which is located at the north side of the oval near the Main Gate entrance.

Festival visitors will find a wide variety of displays, demonstrations and items for sale in this tent, located next to the Food Tent. Commercial exhibitors, craft vendors and displays by volunteer and nonprofit organizations add to the interest and excitement of the festival. Visitors also will find Maine-made products in the Marketplace, from delicious maple syrup to unique alpaca products.

MAINE FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS TENT Displays, demonstrations and sales of Maine crafts including pottery, jewelry, gemstones, food treats, country paintings, sea glass, and handmade fabric articles. The tent is located at the north end of the grounds.

MARINE EXPERIENCE TENT This tent includes a “Touch Tank,” dynamic fish display, knot-tying demonstrations, book signings and more. Visitors never know what they will find in the Marine Experience Tent, located on the pier at the north side of the grounds.

NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT The North Entertainment Tent is one of the primary locations for events and demonstrations throughout the five days of the festival, and is located at the north end of the grounds. The other fixed entertainment location is the Maine Stage (Fishermen’s Memorial).

HERITAGE TENT SHIRLEY MACAFFEE WEAVING THE JOY HANDWOVEN BASKETS

FOOD TENT The Food Tent is the center of the festival’s dining delights. This is where delicious lobster dinners are served. In this tent, festival-goers can start the day with a blueberry pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Volunteers begin serving succulent Maine lobster and the fixings, as well as other seafood and beverages, at noon on Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. The tent is located next to the sea wall.

Take a step back in time and explore the history of the Maine Lobster Festival. From its start back in 1947, find out how things have changed over the past 71 years. Located across from the Marine Tent.


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WORLD’S GREATEST WORLD’S GREATEST LOBSTER COOKER This steamer, located at the entrance to the north end of the festival grounds, was built in 2008 and is capable of cooking 1,600 pounds of lobster at a time. Engraved bricks cover the base of the cooker. Fresh Maine lobsters, just out of the cold Maine waters, are cooked here for feasting in the Food Tent.

CHILDREN’S TENT This tent is a rest and play area for children and their parents, and also has baby changing stations. This area is not a daycare facility, and parents are to remain with their children at all times. Parents and children will find a daily craft, a CedarWorks playset, coloring pages, a sand table, a train table, and more. The tent is located at the bottom of the hill off the Park Street gate.

FESTIVAL KIOSK As a major financial contributor to the Gateway Center renovation project at One Park Drive in Rockland, the Maine Lobster Festival was given a space to display memorabilia related to the festival. The center houses the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Visitor’s Center, Penobscot Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and displays and office space. The custom-built kiosk is designed in the shape of a compass rose, which represents the many directions from which festival visitors travel. Posters, photos, awards, and an ongoing video presentation provide visitors with the flavor of the festivities. The red and white awning canopy is a festive reminder of the tents that spring up on site during the festival.


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2018 Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent The Fine Arts Tent and the Maine Craft Tent join forces in one large tent at the north end of the festival grounds. See all of the beautiful works of art in one area of the festival and enjoy talking with our local artists and craftspeople. There are ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. It is one of the must-sees at the Maine Lobster Festival. Many artists and craftspeople will be selling their wares, so take home some Maine memories.

pen and ink wash drawings. There will be tall ships and a new series of Maine Windjammers & Lighthouses created from research photos taken in the Rockland area. An average of 200 to 250 hours each is spent on each original drawing. Using a magnifying glass helps the artist capture the detail he wants. Look closely and you’ll see the bearded figure of the artist in each of his works.

PAULA CARTER from Belfast, Maine, returns with her caricatures and cartoon portraits drawn with speed and humor. SUSAN AND RICHARD JOHNSON from

Camden Pottery/ Johnson Gallery in Rockland, Maine, exhibit their works in the Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent. Richard and Susan, retired Oceanside High School art teachers, have been involved with the Maine Lobster Festival for over 39 years. Richard continues to demonstrate his sculpture and pottery wheel work at the Fine Art and Craft Tent. The 71st Maine Lobster Festival will bring the sculpting of the 13th life-size clay mermaid. The group of mermaids is located at their home and studio on Lake Avenue in Rockland. Susan exhibits her watercolor and oil paintings, which are inspired by the Maine coast, as well as a series of live and cooked lobster works. JOHN KENDALL from Kendall Studio & Gallery of Georges Mills, New Hampshire, celebrates his 26th year of exhibiting his work at the Maine Lobster Festival. John will show signed prints from original drawings created as sepia

KAREN TALBOT is a Rockland-based scientific illustrator and artist best known for her work with fish. Her work has won numerous awards and can be found hanging in natural history museums, art galleries and client’s homes. The tagline of her business is “Conservation through Appreciation,” and she gives back to organizations that support the species she illustrates and the ecosystems in which they live. She has worked with Trout Unlimited, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Sea Grant, and numerous other organizations focused on the restoration of Maine’s aquatic ecosystems and especially its sea-run fishes like the Atlantic Salmon. In 2015, she created the Angler’s Pint, a 21.5-ounce glass that is perfect for tall tales after a day on the water! WENDY WAUGAMAN

is a Maine-based jewelry-maker who crafts one-of-akind pieces for the discerning jewelry lover under the name WLW Designs. With a primary focus on mixing precious metals


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2018 Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent with hand-picked stones, Waugaman offers a fantastic collection of beautiful showpieces ranging from traditional to contemporary. Each piece reflects Waugaman’s signature elegance, featuring delicate metalworking and prominently set semi-precious gemstones that are treated with care. JANET MORRILL WASHBURN Born

and raised in Maine, Janet is a true Maine artist. Knowing the state as she does, she has the capabilities of painting “en plein aire” year round in places off the beaten path. Her work reflects the local environment of Maine consisting of coastal, inland and island-scapes. Janet grew up and lives inland in the western mountains. At her parent’s lakefront camp as a young adult, she learned to paint from Martha’s Vineyard artist F.M. Austin. Much of Janet’s inspirations came from her brother Bob’s place at Spruce Head. She now spends her free time doing what she loves most, traveling and painting. Whether it is oil, acrylic or watercolor, she is most often found with a brush in her hand. LISA HOLT Lisa’s work is inspired by nature. Creative visual works formed from materials that Lisa gathers. Sea glass and beach stones are hand selected from local beaches. Stop by the Fine Art and Craft Tent to view Lisa’s mixed media wall art made from rocks, wood, and sea glass. ED CROY of Oakfield, Maine, has items made from shed moose horns for an authentic North Woods gift. Visit his display space in the Art/ Craft tent. You may hear a story or two.

LYNN AND WILLIS LAMB of Maine Honey

Bee have been keeping bees for seven years. Centrally located in Western Maine they have three apiaries. New Sharon is on their family organic tree farm, where the honeybees forage on isolated forests, fields and flowers. Here the bees pollinate the Lambs’ orchards, berry patches and gardens. At West Farmington, along the Sandy River, the bees forage gardens, and the alluvial region. At Sweet Pea Apiary on Mt. Desert Island, the bees thrive and pollinate an organic farms fruits, vegetables and flowers along Northeast Creek, Acadia National Park. The Lambs operate between 12 to 20 colonies per season.

JAMES AND DORIS CUSHMAN of Caribou,

Maine, own and operate a business called Gemsations. For almost 20 years they have collected rocks, minerals and fossils to delight their customers, as well as creating unique handmade jewelry that mirrors the stones they love. Once school is done for the summer, they load their trailer and head out to sell at various festivals and craft shows around the state of Maine. Their goal is to please their customers, and they welcome requests for new products or a twist on a handmade jewelry item. James can create or repair jewelry items as you continue to shop with other vendors, and he and Doris both are willing to answer questions about gemstone products they sell. HORACE VARNUM Artasia specializes in hand-cut maple fretwork. In an age of


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2018 Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent mechanization and technology, every product of Artasia is individually handcrafted in Midcoast Maine. It offers a large variety of ornaments, bookmarks, and unique gift items.

“Blueberry Moose Signs and Such” feature hand-painted signs painted to perfection. Jo Ann demonstrates her mastery of calligraphy daily in the Art and Craft Tent. Let her make one just for you!

GREY GOOSE GOURMET

Homemade in small batches from our kitchen in Wayne, Maine, Grey Goose Gourmet makes a variety of pepper jellies. Whether you prefer sweet to savory or mellow to “wicked” hot, there is something for every palette. As we say, “Simple Yet Amazingly Good!” Come sample some of the pepper jelly goodness. JANET EDWARDS For 20 years, Mountain Mama of Maine has offered handmade and home-grown herbal products including salves for dry skin, aching bodies and sleep aids. 100% botanical ingredients. Stop by the booth for samples. The Maine Lights Collection by LINDA LEACH AND SANDRA CLEMENT of Glen Cove includes many unique items from oil paintings, to adorable clay sculptured faces on mussel shells (Mussel Men), to unusual clay and wire sculptures. We especially enjoy experimenting with new techniques and new subject matter. Linda and Sandra demonstrate in their display space in the Art and Craft Tent.

Closer to home we have JO ANN HOPPE from South Thomaston, Maine. Her

KIM PAULEY, who lived and grew up in Rockland, now resides in Portland and creates reversible tote bags. The colors and workmanship are exciting. A must-see product display in the Art and Craft Tent. Kim demonstrates her craft daily in the tent. Stop by and see her artistic flair with color and pattern. LORI DAVIS from Ellsworth will exhibit her original color photography capturing nature, wildlife and landscapes from Maine. Her images are available in a variety of sizes and price ranges, including matted and framed photographs, photos printed on canvas, note cards and magnets. “LOBSTERING IS AN ART” is an ongoing

series of unique and unusual lobster designs and illustrations by native Maine artist ANDREW M. COOK. From breakfast foods to sweet treats, subway lines to nautical maps, scrap traps to honeybees, a bustling city, a land of


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2018 Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent (cont.) lighthouses, hearts, cakes and much more, there’s a lobster forever taste!

SHARON BOODY makes original acrylic paintings on birch bark which she finds on walks in the woods with her dogs, Boomer and Bailey. This bark is taken from fallen, dead trees, taken home and cleaned, sized (as nature allows), sealed and painted on. Her subjects are birds and animals from Maine. Her birch bark paintings are framed in a gray rustic frame, 1-1/4 inch wide. She also paints on wild turkey feathers, which are given to her by local turkey hunters.

Internationally recognized polymer clay artist JAYNE DWYER sculpts her Mainethemed designs in a process you have to see to believe. Jayne has been selling her well-loved designs under the name “Paper Moon Jewelry”’ for over 20 years. Stop by her booth to browse through a vast body of work solely designed and produced by the

artist. She will offer ongoing demonstrations during the festival upon request. LISA LOVEJOY Maine-ly Dragonflies & Butterflies is a unique and creative form of dichroic & fused glass jewelry including pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets.

NORTHERN SOLSTICE ALPACA FARM joins the

craft tent specializing in luxury alpaca wear, fiber and gifts. BRIDGITTE GIDMAN from Dover Foxcroft brings her “Bridgitte’s Stitch and Squiggles” display to the festival. A seamstress with a flair for fun in her sewn offerings, Bridgette returns for her second year. Her “American Girl Doll Collection” and her “Mermaid Tail” slide-on fins add great fun to the magic she stitches and squiggles into her sewn products.

ALAN WINICK is an award-winning inventor

whose hand-crafted tide clocks contain a display showing the tide actually changing in a marine scene. There are more than 20 designs, ranging from whimsical lobsters and mermaids to elegant watercolors of


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2018 Maine Fine Arts and Craft Tent (cont.) local lighthouses. When not on the road showing his work, Winick spends as much time as possible at his family summer home on North Haven.

embellishments to make his work all one of a kind.

ALAN CLAUDE The Maine Lobster Festival

welcomes Alan Claude back to the Art Tent for the 2018 festival. A graphic artist, Alan has created a stunning collection of New England coastal art that adds a touch of vintage elegance to the home or office. Stop by the and chat with Alan about his 2018 calendar. ARLENE NEBBIA from Eliot, Maine, joins the Arts and Craft Tent with her beach stone jewelry and authentic Maine sea glass. Arlene has always found peace at the ocean, the smell, the rhythm, the air. Seems fitting she would find her avocation, and a career from the sea as well.

HEATHER ROSELLE BARTER from Veazie

DICK TASKER from Plymouth, Maine, will be in the Arts & Craft Tent with his Maine- made, one-of-a-kind walking sticks and canes. All walking sticks and canes are finished with marine-grade poly and stains. The wood for the staffs and canes is found in the mountains and swamps of Maine. He demonstrates daily on his art of preparing the wood and adding

joins the Art Tent with her collection of paintings from around our beautiful state of Maine. Heather attended MECA’s program at 17 and graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in art education in 2013. Both programs helped her to refine her skills. Presently she travels across the state looking for landscapes and scenes to paint.


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The Marine Experience Tent

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he Marine Experience Tent is a festival attraction that provides hands-on chances to touch and learn about a wide variety of Marine life. Maritime activities and demonstrations continue during the festival. Who knows what creatures from the deep will show up? Exhibitors set up interesting displays for all ages. Ongoing activities planned for this 71st annual event include two touch tanks with various creatures for kids and adults to explore.

DUPONT NUTRITION USA brings its amazing

assortment of foods and products using the seaweed additive carrageenan, a locally produced product. STATION MAINE of Rockland is an organization of community members dedicated to offering boating opportunities at no cost to youth of all ages in the Midcoast area. Members will do rowing demonstrations and will recruit prospective rowers.

BROOKS TRAP MILL of Thomaston will once again

display the complete start-to-finish process of building a lobster trap and the materials that go into its construction. PROJECT PUFFIN of Rockland is a seabirdrestoration program established to reintroduce Atlantic puffins to their former Maine nesting islands. This organization will have a display as well as a small touch tank. Meet the “Giant Puffin” character, which is sure to be a crowd favorite. ALAN DEARBORN of Rockland will be back again with his one-of-a-kind nautical birdhouses. He hand-carves buoys, lobsters and sea life to decorate the houses. Not to be missed! “WORDS BY IVY” makes handmade nautical clothing products, lobsters, anchors, and many things to remind you of your visit to the coast of Maine. LOBSTER ROPE SWINGS AND MATS Steve Johnson of Rockland will be here again with his hand-


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woven mats and swings made from colorful lobster trap line. COASTAL TIDE DYES “ART YOU CAN WEAR!” Donnie Johnson was born and raised in downtown Rockland. After spending years working and living the life of a commercial fisherman, he turned his attention to art. Color has always spoken to Donnie and now he spends his days painting shirts. Nothing makes Donnie happier than spreading color across Midcoast Maine and beyond. Stop by and see his beautiful works of art, and you’ll be sure to hear him say, “Wear your colors well!” CHRIS CAMBRIDGE Scrimshaw is the art of engraving on bone or ivory, which began on the Yankee whaling ships in the 1800s. Chris started doing scrimshaw in 1972, during his senior year at Colby College. For 40 years, he had a shop in Bar Harbor, The Scrimshaw Workshop. His highly detailed work, all engraved by hand, includes collectible display pieces, men’s and ladies jewelry, pocket knives and more. The main medium for his work is ancient Woolly Mammoth and Fossil Walrus ivory. Chris is proud to say that in his 45 years as a scrimshander, he has never sold a single piece of elephant ivory.

PAINT IT SHORESELF CERAMICS Lots of nautical

and lobster themed ceramics will be available for purchase at the festival. Kids will have the opportunity to do some on-site painting, too. Cynthia and Ralph Dean are the owners of the shop located at 193 Park St. in Rockland. They offer paint nights, birthday parties, ladies nights out, ceramic classes, kids summer camp, company Christmas parties and event parties. It’s loads of fun for all ages. Come on down and get your paint on! MAINE AUTHORS PUBLISHING Maine Authors Publishing has been the trusted source for books by Maine authors since 2009. As a small, cooperative-style press, they send their trade catalog to Maine bookstores twice a year. They offer a wide variety of Maine books, full distribution services, editing, book design, printing, and warehousing for emerging and award-winning Maine authors. Writers wanting to explore publishing may register for their free open house presentation on the first Friday of every month called “Introduction to CooperativeStyle Publishing.”

Book signing from Maine Authors Publishing: DARCY SCOTT - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Darcy’s book is the “Hunter Huntress,” a Maine Island Mystery, and “Margel’s Madness.” She will also sign copies of her award-winning books, “Matinicus” and “Reese’s Leap.” KELLY BROOKS-BAY - All day Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday. Aug. 3, Kelly will be signing copies of her new children’s books, “The Rainbow Pants” & “Sea Glass and the Lighthouse.” MARTHA COUTURE - All day Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5. Martha is the author of the children’s series of books about Parker the Pig! C.L. ALDEN - Saturday Aug.4 12 - 4 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 5 12 - 4 p.m. C.L. is the author of “The Empire.”


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Children’s Tent SPONSORED BY ROCKLAND KIWANIS CLUB

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his tent is a rest and play area for children and their parents and also has baby changing stations sponsored by the Rockland Kiwanis Club. It’s a must-visit area and resource for young families. This area is not a

daycare facility, and parents are to remain with their children at all times. Parents and children will find a daily craft, face painting, a CedarWorks playset, coloring pages, a sand table, a train table, and much more. CHILDREN’S TENT


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Children’s Events - Sunday, August 5th

CHILDREN’S PARADE, 10 A.M. (REGISTRATION IS AT 9 A.M. AT THE FAR END OF THE EATING TENT) At 10 a.m. on Family Fun Day, children are welcome to dress up according to this year’s festival theme, “Kids, Laughter & Lobster” and parade through the festival grounds for a chance to win awesome prizes. COD FISH CARRY, 11:30 A.M. AT THE MAINE STAGE One of the smellier, but still fun, events on Family Fun Day, the Cod Fish Carry is a contest of speed. Participants run across the Main Stage to a skiff, where they must put on fisherman’s foul-weather gear, including a Sou’wester (yellow fisherman’s hat), big rain jacket, and rubber boots as quickly as possible. After they are dressed, they must run over to a net containing a slippery, 12-pound cod, pick it up, and carry it back to the skiff. The person who does all of these things the quickest wins! LOBSTER EATING CONTEST, 11:30 A.M. AT THE MAINE STAGE Lots of adults wish that they could participate in the Lobster Eating Contest. Sadly, this is a kids-only event. The rules are simple — the first person to finish eating a 1 1/4 lb. steamed lobster wins. Participants must finish two claws, two knuckles, and the tail to be considered done. LITTLE LOBSTER DIAPER DERBY, 12:30 P.M. AT THE MAINE STAGE Possibly the cutest event on Family Fun Day, the Little Lobster Diaper Derby is a crawling race for our youngest festival-goers. Parent coaches sit on each side of the Main Stage, cheering them on, coaxing them toward the finish line using a range of creative methods, and ensuring that they stay on course. The first Little Lobster to finish wins!


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Lobster Festival Gear

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e have a wide variety of official merchandise available at the Information and Souvenir Tent on the festival grounds. You’ll find a variety of T-shirts, hats, jackets, both current and past posters, stuffed lobsters, and accessories. Stop by to pick up a souvenir, there are over 5,000 items in store!

Official Maine Lobster Festival Ballcap - $20

Official Maine Lobster Festival Tote - $40 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Official Maine Lobster Festival Retro Hat - $25

2018 Maine Lobster Festival Poster - $10

Maine Lobster Festival Âź Zip Pullover - $40 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Maine Lobster Festival Varsity Ringer T-shirt - $25 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Official Steins & Vines Shirt - $20

Maine Lobster Festival Raglan T-shirt - $25 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Maine Lobster Festival Full Zip Hoodie - $40 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com


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Maine Lobster Festival Long-Sleeved T-shirt

Official Maine Lobster Festival Short-Sleeved T-Shirt - Adult $18 Youth $15

Maine Lobster Festival Crew Neck Sweatshirt Adult $30 Youth $25

Maine Lobster Festival Hoodie - $40 Photo courtesy of rachelcampbellphotography.com

Official Maine Lobster Festival Posters are all $10 each.


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The Marketplace

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estival visitors will find a wide variety of displays, demonstrations, and items for sale in this tent located next to the Food Tent. Commercial exhibitors, craft vendors, displays by voluntary and nonprofit organizations add to the interest and excitement of the festival. Visitors will also find Maine made products in the Marketplace, from delicious maple syrup to unique alpaca products.

This year’s exhibitors include: Rhineland Cutlery- High quality knives and cutlery Moose Creek- Gourmet Dips, Desserts, and Soups

The Chameleon- Clothing, hats, sunglasses, jewelry and leather Demca Demo- The original grater bowls Kitchen Craft- The original waterless cookware

Nalure- Fossils and pain relief remedies

Swirly Bracelets- Handcrafted Swirly wrap bracelets and heat therapy products

Passamaquoddy Maple- Maine Maple Syrup

Eco Sparkle Cleaner- Handmade jewelry and glass cleaner

Cool Houz- Laser engraved night lights, customer made lights, décor pillows Dog is Good- T-Shirts, hoodies, magnets, hats, scrubs, tote bags, Pajamas and much more MasterCraft- fine decorative products Culture Shock Air Chairs- Hanging chairs, Hammocks, and swings IM Wireless- Verizon Heitmann’s Gourmet Nuts- Prepackaged, handmade glazed nuts, hand crafted English Toffee and Gourmet all-natural Gummies

Bali Made- Handcrafted wood products Krucial Cos- All natural, cruelty-free bath and body products, makeup, nail polish, and hair care products Pickit Fish- Handcrafted wall art Gourmet Gifts- Wine Slushy Mixes, Flatbread crackers and dip mixes and insulated tumblers Leaffilter- Gutter protection Finfish Company- Solar Performance Apparel, T-shirts, tank tops, socks and more


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Vendors There’s something for everyone at the Maine Lobster Festival. We hope you enjoy your visit and take the time to shop all of our great vendors!

Outside Vendors Mainly Local Handcrafted jewelry, map necklaces, message in a bottle necklaces, sea glass and tumbled glass jewelry Silvermine Handmade Natural Stone anklets, Custom made stainless steel jewelry Buoy Sports Welcome Buoys and buoy bats Body Logic Bath and body products, natural soaps and lotions Runa Couture/Sisa Craft Sweaters, handmade purses, tops, sundresses, sunglasses, jewelry, dreamcatchers Sea Bags Handmade bags made in the USA from recycled sails Stephanie Tang Bamboo Pillows, sheets, hats, sunglasses, and more Sunshine Handy Craft Dresses, hats, sunglasses and other misc. Items. Earthborn Gifts Pick a pearl jewelry and delicious beef jerky Fine Global Arts Sterling silver and gemstone jewelry Greenhead Lobster Overnight shipping of Maine seafood Soldier Solutions Hats, hoodies, T-shirts, decals, tumblers, mugs and more Alicat Jewels Custom charm bracelets, silver rings, and gemstone jewelry Authentic Cotton Beach towels, tunics, bathrobes and cotton blankets Cannon Family Threads Adult bibs, bowl covers, handbags- all handmade with lobster and nautical prints Le Souk Gifts Olive wood kitchenware, cutting boards, utensils, dishes, bowls and baskets Accessories Shop Men’s and women’s hats and Australian leather style hats for men Storm Warriors Framed and matted photos, artwork, books and apparel

Red and White Tent Food Vendors Maine Lobster Festival Lobster Café Fresh lobster rolls, wraps, and salads Dominos Pizza, soda and water Nutmeg Concessions Turkey legs, gyro meat, nachos, pretzels, macaroni and cheese bites Morgan’s Mills Soups, chowders, seafood empanadas, pulled pork and raw baw along with desserts and beverages US Oceans Fresh seafood Alex Baumhoff Sausage and chicken Orrs Island Seafood Chowder Delicious seafood chowder

Additional Food Vendors Nutmeg Concessions Pizza, calzones, stromboli, nachos, churros, mozzarella sticks, macaroni and cheese bites, pretzels Nutmeg Concessions Hot dogs, hamburgers, steak and cheese, French fries, onion rings Nutmeg Concessions Fruit smoothies, funnel cakes, fried desserts, fried Oreos Aucion Concessions Fresh-squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, iced tea Aucion Concessions Fried dough, fried Oreos, soda, coffee, and water Stone Fox Creamery Homemade scooped ice cream, floats, sundaes and beverages Kevin’s French Fry French fries, onion rings, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and bloomin’ onions Sylvester’s Fish and Chips Fresh fried seafood Amatos Food Trailer Made to order sandwiches and pizza Happy Cow Indian food including vegan and vegetarian options, herbal-infused limeade Due East Tea Company Packages of specialty tea and iced cold brew specialty teas S.N.K.C Food Vending Kettle corn and strawberry lemonade


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2018 Maine Lobster Festival Menu

The Eating Tent is located next to the sea wall on the grounds of the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival. Sit and enjoy the beautiful view of Rockland Harbor as you dine on some of our delicious seafood items available for purchase. • Single Lobster Dinner

One 1¼lb. lobster 1 dinner roll Corn on the cob Hot, melted butter

• Smoked Seafood Sampler

Offering samples of smoked shrimp, scallops, mussels, and salmon.

• A la carte items: Steamed Maine mussels (steamed with garlic, topped with vegetables sautéed in white wine & butter), steamed, fresh Maine clams; shrimp (whole breaded, fried), scallops (fried), haddock (fried), clams (whole breaded fried), calamari (fried), smoked seafood (Maine shrimp, mussels, and salmon), homemade coleslaw and locally grown corn on the cob.

• Twin Lobster Dinner

Two 1¼lb. lobsters 1 dinner roll Corn on the cob Hot, melted butter

• Triple Lobster Dinner

Three 1¼lb. lobsters 1 dinner roll Corn on the cob Hot, melted butter

• Maine Shore Dinner (available with single, double or triple lobster)

One 1¼lb. lobster Steamed Clams Corn on the cob 1 dinner Roll Hot, melted butter Coleslaw

• Fisherman’s Platter

Fried Haddock Fried Scallops Fried Shrimp and Fried Clams Coleslaw; with tartar & cocktail sauces

• Drinks: White milk, chocolate milk, lemonade, iced tea, soda, water, coffee • Desserts: Homemade Maine Blueberry Cobbler or Strawberry Shortcake

• Taste variety in the Lobster Café! Choose from a selection of lobster items: Lobster Rolls Lobster Caesar Wraps Lobster Caesar Salads NEW Lobster Tail Cocktail

• All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast

(Served until 10 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday mornings.) Choice of Maine blueberry or plain pancakes, coffee, milk or orange juice.


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How do you cook more than 20,000 pounds of lobster in five days? Did you know that there is more to the World’s Greatest Lobster Cooker than meets the eye?

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he current lobster cooker is celebrating its 11th birthday at the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival. It all began with an idea and a dream. Finally, after years of engineering and fabrication, the cooker came to life just in time for the 2008 festival. With many improvements and upgrades from the previous cooker, this new machine was untested until one week before the festival, when organizers did a test cooking of 200 pounds of crabs. The cooker passed with flying colors and was ready to take its place as the World’s Greatest Lobster Cooker. And, wow, did it live up to its name. It operated flawlessly throughout the entire festival. There have been other cookers over the years, and with each new cooker there were many improvements. This new cooker is stateof-the-art, with electronic controls, tremendous capacity, temperature sensors, and safety shut-off devices. The old cooker used fuel oil and biofuel and occasionally would belch a puff of black smoke. The new cooker uses clean-burning propane, and its design is about 50 percent more efficient than the old cooker and six times more efficient at cooking lobster than the typical outdoor lobster cooker or turkey fryer. This efficiency results in a much better tasting lobster! A typical outdoor turkey fryer-lobster cooker produces enough heat to cook approximately 15 pounds of lobster in 15 minutes. The World’s Greatest Lobster Cooker can cook 1,600 pounds

of lobster in 15 minutes. You would need approximately 112 of those outdoor cookers to do the same job. The new cooker does it with eight individual cooking units, each capable of cooking 200 pounds of lobsters. Lobsters typically are cooked in batches of 100 pounds, depending on requests from the Eating Tent. Once cooked, the batch is put in an insulated tote and carted to the Eating Tent where the lobsters are served with all the fixings. In past years, festival volunteers have cooked and served as much as 26,000 pounds of lobsters in the course of the five-day festival. The brick wall structure of the lobster cooker is made up of hundreds of customized bricks. Each one was purchased by a festival supporter, and the proceeds helped pay for the cooker’s construction. The structure that houses the cooker is more than just a building; it is a monument to all of the past and future Maine Lobster Festivals, a testament to the enduring strength of the local lobster industry, and a symbol of the ongoing commitment to the spirit and vitality of the overall community. The Rockland Festival Corporation, the city of Rockland, the Rockland Harbor Commission, and the endless list of volunteers make Maine, the Midcoast region, and the Maine Lobster Festival the best there is.

Come see for yourself!


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How to eat a Maine lobster like a local

Whether you are a long-time Maine lobster lover or you’re preparing to take your first crack at it, here are a few tips for maximum enjoyment. 1. Put on the bib. Water can squirt at the least expected moment. And trust us, you will feel years younger. 2. Twist off the claws. 3. Crack each claw and knuckle with a lobster or nut cracker. Remove the meat. 4. Separate the tail from the body by cracking up at the base of the tail. Break off the tail flippers. Extract the meat from each flipper. 5. Insert a fork and push the tail meat out in one piece. Remove and discard the black vein that runs the entire length of the tail meat. 6. Separate the shell of the body from the underside by pulling them apart and set aside the green substance called tomalley. This is the substance that fulfills the functions of the liver and pancreas. 7. Open the underside of the body by cracking it apart in the middle, with the small walking legs on either side. Extract the meat from the leg joints and the legs themselves by biting down on the leg and squeezing the meat out with your teeth. 8. Use the wet napkins to clean up. 9. Enjoy your Maine lobster. COURTESY THE MAINE LOBSTER PROMOTION BOARD, LOBSTERFROMMAINE.COM


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Open Juried Art Show

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Festival’s artistic spirit extends to Main Street

rtists from the Midcoast and around the state are invited to join the Maine Lobster Festival in celebrating its 71st year by entering work in the juried art show. The show is housed at the Rockland branch of Camden National Bank. Camden National Bank is the sponsor for the show, which is open to professional artists, adult amateurs, and high school, middle school, and elementary students. Art will be judged by a panel of artists on July 31, and will be on display July 31 - August 5. Results will be announced in the local newspapers. Individuals will be notified by

email or phone for placing in the open juried art show. The following medium categories were accepted for display and judging: sculpture, watercolor/ acrylic, oil, mixed media, photography, digital imagery. The show also accepts pieces for two special awards. The Eddie Harriman Award is judged based on the Maine Lobster Festival theme: “Kids, Laughter & Lobster” The Betty Kinney Award, established in memory of the 25-year Art Show and Art Tent Director, will be given to the painting that best depicts a coastal scene.

Volunteering at the Festival

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he Maine Lobster Festival welcomes more than 1,300 volunteers annually from all over the United States, as well as some from around the world. Our volunteers help us in a number of different areas of the festival, from serving up seafood to hungry festival-goers to taking tickets at the gates. Volunteers are welcome to pick the areas of the festival they are most interested in working. Our volunteers come from local businesses, civic groups such as Kiwanis and Rotary, high school students, and the military. We are proud to be part of a Coast Guard City, and the Coast Guard personnel are always ready to lend a hand wherever we need them. Many of our volunteers come back every year. Some families even make it part of their vacation plans. Volunteers may sign up at mainelobsterfestival.com or contact Nancy Jeffers at (207)542-5490.


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The Maine Lobster Festival Welcomes the U.S.S. Hue City (CG-66) The U.S.S. Hue City (CG 66) will anchor in Rockland for the 71st Maine Lobster Festival.

and aircraft control. The ship went on to have multiple deployments to the Mediterranean.

The U.S.S. Hue City is a Ticonderoga-class, guided-missile cruiser named after the Battle of Hue that was fought during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was commissioned on September 14, 1991, by the U.S. Navy in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Four gas turbine engines can propel the ship at over 32 knots. A crew of 33 officers, 27 chief petty officers, and approximately 340 enlisted sailors operate the U.S.S. Hue City.

In September 2001 the U.S.S. Hue City joined the U.S.S. George Washington Carrier Battle Group off the coast of New York in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On August 20, 2004, the U.S.S. Hue City was deployed with the U.S.S. Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group in support of the Global War on Terror. The ship went on to be deployed several times in support of Maritime Security Operations and the Global War on terror.

On March 11, 1993, the U.S.S. Hue City left its home port of Mayport, Florida, for its first deployment to the Mediterranean as the Air Warfare Commander for the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. During that deployment the ship was responsible for air surveillance

In January 2010 the U.S.S. Hue City was deployed to the Middle East with the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. The ship would go on to have several Middle East deployments. Source: uscarriers.net

PHOTO CREDIT: UNITED STATES NAVY

SHIP TOURS:

Coast Guard Base Tours

As in previous years, tours of the vessel will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change.

(subject to change) The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Tours will start promptly and will only be given at the times listed. Thursday, August 2 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Friday, August 3 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Sunday, August 5 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.


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2018 Maine Sea Goddess Pageant 13 vie for title of 2018 Sea Goddess The Coronation Committee wishes to introduce the 13 young ladies who will vie for the title of Maine Sea Goddess at the 71st annual Maine Lobster festival. The 2018 Maine Sea Goddess Coronation will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. on the Maine Stage.

2018 Maine Sea Goddess Coronation Sponsors

Atwood Lobsters Bean Maine Lobster Bixby & Company Chocolate Brio Promotions By George Jewelers’ Domino’s Pizza Eclipse & The Pearl Restaurants Farnsworth Museum Knox Center for Long Term Care Laugh Loud Smile Big Bakery Lincoln Street Center for the Arts Luce Transportation Maine Coast Wedding & Special Events

Maine Lighthouse Museum Maine State Prison Industries MASS AV Rheal Day Spa Rockland Coast Guard Base Rocky Coast News, Doug & David Mills Samoset Resort Seacoast Scaffold & Equipment Corp. Seasons Downeast Designs Sogno Salon Somebody Loves Me Bridal Walmart

2018 Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess Coronation Judges Megan Brackett grew up in the Midcoast area, is a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, will soon be a graduate of the Finance and Accounting program at Southern New Hampshire University, and is a graduate of the Midcoast Leadership Academy. She is currently the Finance Director for the Town of Rockport and is actively involved in other civil activities. Megan has strong ties to the Maine Lobster Festival, lending a helping hand where needed on the festival grounds as a teenager. She is also the proud mother of a very active 3-year-old boy, and the proud step-mother of a intelligent and kind 11-year old girl. Megan and her family enjoy spending time at local attractions and going to their family camp on Moosehead Lake. She admires these young ladies for participating in the coronation and wishes them all the best of luck with their future endeavors. Kim Leidenroth-Day of Warren is a native of Rockland and a graduate of Rockland District High School. Prior to getting her degree at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine, as a dental hygienist, she attended and worked at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. During her career as a dental hygienist, she dental assisted, did dental health education in the elementary schools, and taught CPR/ First Aid in her community through the American Red Cross. Kim also managed a dental practice and was owner and past president at Tomhegan Wilderness Resort Moosehead Lake, Maine. She is also a member of the Maine Dental Hygienists Association. Kim is an active member of the Warren Baptist Church, currently serving on the Board of Deacons and is involved in the Prayer Shawl ministry she started at her church. Her joy is spending time with her husband, children, family, and friends. Kim’s hobbies are working on her farm, knitting, yoga, walking and hiking. Joanne Kinney Kenney, a native of St. George, Maine, resides in Rockland. She is happily married to lobsterman Gary Kenney. Joanne has one daughter and son-in-law who live in South Thomaston, and four step-children and their families who live in the Jonesport and East Machias area. A 1967 Graduate of Georges Valley High School, she attended Husson University and graduated from the University of Maine Augusta, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting. Joanne is currently employed as Office Manager at Park Street Laundry and Dry-cleaning. She was previously employed as Purchasing Manager at Marine Colloids/FMC, now Dupont, and at Coastal Community Action Program. Joanne is a past director of the Maine Lobster Festival, a past Maine Sea Goddess (1968), and a past President of the Rockland Jaycee Women.

Daniel M. McNichol is a Maine native and has lived in Rockland since 1991. He and his wife have been married since 1998, and have raised two daughters. Daniel is retired from the US Coast Guard with 21 years of active duty service. He is currently employed by the Maine State Ferry Service as the Port Captain, and has worked for the MSFS since his USCG retirement in 2001. He has been active with youth sports, coaching his two daughters and dozens of other local girls in youth soccer, little league softball, and youth and middle school basketball. Daniel has been the Rockland and Oceanside Middle School girls basketball coach for the past nine years. He was the assistant softball coach at GSB in Damariscotta for 2 years. Daniel was a member of the Oceanside Little League board for 10 years, and is currently an elected member of the Rockland Port District. Dawn Witham of Thomaston is the mother of three children; Benjamin, Jake, and Haylie. Her daughter, Haylie, was crowned the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess. Dawn graduated with an associate degree at Maine Medical Center, School of Surgical Technology at the top of her class. She then attended University of Maine and studied Dental Hygiene. Dawn enjoyed working in Portland for 17 years as surgical assistant for Oral Surgeon Russell Collett. Her most memorable time of life was working in Boca Grande, Florida, in between her college years. That’s where she met her husband of 20 years, Troy. Dawn enjoys fishing, searching for sea glass, kayaking, and crafting. She has found her true calling as an artist with painting. Dawn’s summers are spent on Large Green Island with friends and family. She is honored to be a judge, and looks forward to meeting the Maine Sea Goddess of 2018.

2018 MC - Dan Bookham Dan Bookham lives in Rockland with his wife Jessie, daughter Scout, and their two dogs. Dan serves as Vice President for Business Development and as a commercial lines producer at Allen Insurance and Financial, where he also has the honor of serving on the Board of Directors. Born, raised, and educated in Britain, Dan moved to Maine in 1995 and has spent the past 23 years in the Pine Tree State, the last 14 years in Rockland. He was the executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce January 2009 to September 2012, and was named Maine Chamber Executive of the Year in 2011. In the community, Dan serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the LifeFlight of Maine Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Maine Development Foundation, Camden Classics Cup Regatta, on the Youthlinks Advisory Group, and as a member of America’s Edge, a nationwide organization advocating for investment in early childhood development and education.


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2018 Maine Sea Princesses Amelia Elizabeth Campbell is a 2018 graduate of West Cartenet High School. She is the daughter of Andrea Little and Richard Campbell of Thomaston. In high school her activities included Key Club and beach volleyball. Her hobbies are painting, photography, and beach volleyball. She is employed by Fiore in Rockland. Amelia plans to attend Johnson and Wales University to major in graphic design. Amelia’s sponsors are Dream Local Digital and Knight Marine Service of Rockland.

Aubrey Kay Anderson is a 2018 graduate of the Robinson School. She is the daughter of Katie Crandall of St. George and Brad Anderson of Rockland. In high school, her activities included National Honor Society, varsity lacrosse, track and field, basketball, indoor soccer and math team. Her hobby is Competitive Ballroom Dancing. Aubrey is employed at Luke’s Seafood in Tenants Harbor. She plans to attend the University of Massachusetts at Boston majoring in mathematics. Aubrey’s sponsor is Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op of Tenants Harbor.

Casey Jo Pine is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Stephen and Cathy Pine of Owls Head. In high school, her activities included varsity soccer, varsity softball, fall musical, Unified Basketball, One Acts, and National Honor Society. Her hobbies are volunteering at Oceanside sports camps, traveling with her family, skiing, fishing, dirt biking, hiking and shopping. Casey is employed at Miller’s Lobster Company. She plans to attend the University of Maine to study business management. Casey’s sponsor is York’s Marine of Rockland.

Erin Nicole Dugan of Thomaston is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Michelle Gamache. In high school her activities included student government, Key Club, yearbook committee, school newspaper, School Safety Committee, Civil Rights Team, National Honor Society, life skills aid, three varsity sports, and theater. Erin’s hobbies include playing field hockey, being active, serving her community, and hunting for sea glass. She is employed at The First Bank. She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine to major in Business Management. Erin’s sponsors are Mid-Knight Auto and Jess’s Seafood of Rockland, Glen Cove Dental of Rockport, and Brooks Trap Mill of Thomaston.

Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes of Vinalhaven is a 2018 graduate of Vinalhaven High School where she was Valedictorian. She is the daughter of Wanda Davis-Oakes & Colby Oakes. In high school her activities included varsity soccer, basketball and softball as captain, student leadership team, math team, prom committee, and National Honor Society. Her hobbies include tutoring, coaching youth softball, running, sewing, figure skating, and art. Gilleyanne is employed as a Sternman on the F/V Triple X and waitresses at SALT. She plans to attend Bates College for economics and pre-med, play basketball, and travel abroad. Gilleyanne’s sponsors are Calm Seas Therapeutic Massage, Kaleb Dyer F/V Determination, F/V Headache, F/V Six Grand, and F/V Triple X of Vinalhaven, Penobscot Island Air of South Thomaston, and Art’s Marine Service, Inc. of Owls Head.

Jordan Lee Brackett is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Mark and Sherry Brackett of Owls Head. In high school, her activities included National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, student government, High School Aspirations, soccer, softball, basketball, Unified Basketball, and Sherri’s School of Dance. Jordan’s hobbies are dancing, working out, sports, and traveling. She is employed at Windward Gardens in Camden and the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Jordan plans to attend the University of Maine Augusta to major in nursing. Jordan’s sponsors are Mainely Lobster & Seafood of Owls Head and Cafe Miranda of Rockland.

Julia Elizabeth Kurr is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Dede Grant of Spruce Head and James Kurr of Camden. In high school, her activities included Trekkers, Trekkers Leadership, EMT, CNA, softball, and field hockey. Her hobbies are traveling, swimming, animals, children, sports, attending sporting events, and volunteering. Julia is employed by Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery. She plans to attend Southern Maine Community College for two years, then transfer to a university to study medicine. Julia’s sponsors are F/V Squall of Spruce Head and Kurrz Electric of Warren.


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Kaydin Olivia Frederick is a 2017 graduate of Oceanside High School and attends Husson University. She is the daughter of Torey and Mathew Whitman of Thomaston and Keith and Sabrina Frederick of Naperville, IL. Kaydin has been a member of Trekkers since 7th grade. Her hobbies are Trekkers, skiing, studying and travelling. Kaydin is employed at the YMCA summer program. She plans to attend the University of Maine Orono for nursing and become a nurse practitioner. Kaydin’s sponsor is Shepard Motors.

Kiara Mae Robinson is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Denita McWillams of Owls Head and Ernest Robinson of Thomaston. In high school her activities included cheerleading and softball. Kiara’s hobbies are coaching cheerleading, walking, babysitting, and sports. Her future plans are to go to cosmetology school. Kiara’s sponsors are George C. Hall and Sons and Hills Seafood of Rockland.

Lauren Elizabeth Miller is a 2018 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. She is the daughter of David and Christine Miller of St. George. In high school, her activities included varsity soccer, varsity basketball, varsity softball, yearbook, wellness team, National Technical Honor Society, and chorus. Her hobbies are basketball, soccer, softball, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Lauren is employed by Luke’s Lobster. She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine to study nursing and play basketball. Lauren’s sponsors are JD Miller Construction of St. George and Beaver Enterprises of Thomaston.

Lauryn Eva Arsenault is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Scot and Carol Arsenault of Thomaston. In high school, her activities included yearbook, track and field, soccer, tennis, and theater. Her hobbies are running, baking, camping, going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Lauryn plans to attend Saint Joseph’s College of Maine to study social work. She is employed at the Hampton Inn in Rockland. Lauryn’s sponsors are Penobscot Electric of Rockland, Rock Coast Plumbing & Heating of Thomaston, and Clark Island Builders of Spruce Head.

Molly Rizkalla Davis is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Karen M. Rizkalla and Steven S. Davis of Rockland. In high school, her activities included Key Club, tennis, indoor track, cross country, yearbook, newspaper, student government, Liberal Arts Academy, and National Honor Society. Molly’s hobbies are playing tennis, volunteering, painting, skiing, and hanging out with friends. She is employed at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Molly plans to attend Wheaton College in Massachusetts to pursue a degree in business management and art. Molly’s sponsors are St. George Realty and George’s Barber Shop in St. George.

Crown Bearer

Taylor Hamlin is a 2018 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of David and Cindi Hamlin of South Thomaston. In high school, her activities included Key Club, theater, STEM Program, sports, National Honor Society, and Civil Rights. Her hobbies are working out, playing field hockey and Lacrosse, spending time with friends, spending time at the beach, volunteering at the hospital, and chasing sunsets. She is employed at Country Keepers. Taylor plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono, then fashion school, and then open a store with her own designs. Taylor’s sponsors are Hamlin’s of South Thomaston and Raye Insurance of Rockland.

Bella Knight, age 6, is the daughter of Sy and Alexandra Knight of Owls Head. She just finished kindergarten at Guilford Butler School, where she developed a love for reading, writing and math. She enjoys tennis, swimming, dance, t-ball, making crafts, playing games, looking for sea glass and spending time with family and friends. Bella comes from a family with strong ties to the lobster industry, as her grandparents, Terry and Elizabeth Watkinson, own a busy lobster fishing wharf, Owls Lobster Company. Bella’s nana, Alice Knight, has been involved with the Festival since its inception and has served as a director of the festival since 1971. Bella will continue in her family’s footsteps, making her a 3rd generation volunteer.


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Fifth Annual “Steins & Vines” Tasting Event

Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites of Rockland

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e are excited to announce that our fifth annual Steins & Vines tasting event will be held on the Festival Grounds in front of the Maine Stage on Thursday, Aug. 2, 4:30 - 7 p.m. Our event proudly features all Maine-made wines, brews, and spirits.

Our 2018 Participants include:

Cellardoor Winery, Breakwater Vineyards, Threshers Brewing, Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, D.L. Geary Brewing Company, Rock Harbor Brewery, Simplicity Brewing, Liberty Craft Brewing, and Flight Deck Brewery. This is a great opportunity to sample these delicious, locally made beverages and learn more about the craft. Tickets are $30, and the price includes full admission to the festival grounds. Participants will receive 12 samples of beer or wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a commemorative tasting glass. Event tickets are available to purchase via Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or at mainelobsterfestival.com. Limited tickets (based on availability) may be purchased at the Main or Park Street gates. All participants must be 21 years of age or older and must present proper identification to be admitted. No one under 21 will be permitted into the event area. There will also be live music as part of the event.


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Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest Sponsored by Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars

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ne One thing we love to see year after year is the excitement and love for Maine seafood. We also love hearing about the creative recipes people cook up to explore the different ways to enhance the tastes of local seafood. Festival visitors witness this during the annual Seafood Cooking Contest. The Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest has been a festival tradition for many years. Throughout the early summer, we receive applications from amateur chefs near and far who share their original seafood recipes for consideration. Chefs are asked to submit their recipes to our contest committee, who select five chefs each year to prepare their dishes in front of an audience on Friday morning of Lobster Festival Week. This contest is for amateur chefs ages 18 and older. Contestants compete for more than $500 in prize money during this popular event. A panel of judges will select the winner

based on creativity, suitability of the seafood to the recipe, and simplicity. The recipes can be any dish and must contain seafood found in Maine waters. Contestants are also judged on plating, table setting, and drink pairing. The contest will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., with prizes announced and awarded around 12:30 p.m. First prize is $200; second prize is $175; and third prize is $150. Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars is a lead sponsor for the contest. Audience members will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area after the competition, and may also pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented. For additional contest details, visit MaineLobsterFestival.com or contact Celia Knight at celia@knightmarineservice.com or 207-542-1192.


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Winning Seafood Cooking Contest Recipe 2017 BAKED STUFFED SCALLOPS - Jim Stone

INGREDIENTS: • 12 10-Count Scallops Butterflied • 1 tbsp Flavored Olive Oil INGREDIENTS FOR STUFFING: • 2 Racks Ritz Crackers (Crushed) • 2 Sticks Salted Butter (Melted) • 1 tbsp Parsley Flakes • Salt and pepper to Taste • ½ tsp Garlic Powder • 4 Oz. Fresh Lobster Meat Chopped Fine • 4 Oz. Fresh Crab Meat • 2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese (Reserve) DIRECTIONS: Total Prep Time 20 minutes. Total Cook Time 23 Minutes 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a large Pyrex baking pan cover the bottom with the olive oil. Space the butterflied scallops in the pan. 3. Mix all ingredients together for the stuffing mix. Reserve the parmesan cheese. 4. Take the moist stuffing and divide between the 12 scallops. I use my hands for this. 5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 6. Place casserole dish in oven for 20 minutes and finish with a 3-minute broil to make a crispy stuffing.

INGREDIENTS FOR NEWBURG: • 5 tbsp of Butter • 2 Cups Cooked Lobster Meat • 2 tbsp Cooking Sherry • 1 tbsp Flour • 1 Cup All Purpose Cream • 2 Egg Yolks Beaten • 1 tsp Lemon Juice • Salt, Pepper, and Paprika to Taste

7. There is no need to raise the rack up. You do not want to brown too fast. 8. While this is baking, prepare the Newburg topping. DIRECTIONS FOR NEWBURG: In a skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and heat thoroughly the lobster meat and sherry, being careful not to brown the butter. In another sauce pan, melt the remaining butter and blend in the flour to make a roux, add cream and stir constantly until the sauce boils and thickens, remove from heat and add the egg yolks, lemon juice, and remaining seasonings. Stir well, add lobster and stir again. Serve over cooked baked stuffed scallops and serve immediately.


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The Big Parade on Rockland Main Street

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he Maine Lobster Festival Parade Committee is excited to announce The 2018 Big Parade is the Biggest in history! The Big Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. In addition to floats, it also features Grand Marshals, the newly crowned 2018 Maine Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses and their escorts, King Neptune and his court, and a variety of bands, marching units, and drill teams. Our 2018 Grand Marshal is the United States Coast Guard. The crew at the Rockland USCG station has volunteered at the Maine Lobster Festival for countless years. From working in the food tent to escorting our Sea Princesses at the Sea Goddess Coronation, assisting with security during entertainment, and marching their Color Guard in the parade, the Maine Lobster Festival is excited to celebrate them as our Grand Marshal. The Coast Guard’s 228th birthday happens to be the day of the parade! This year we’re bringing back The Band

from Baltimore, Maryland! Founded June 3, 2011, the purpose of “The Band” is to provide a structured recreational activity for the youth and young adults of Baltimore. Through music and dance, they provide a positive atmosphere of support, stability and encouragement. Their unique percussion ensemble brings an immeasurably vibrant presence to parade goers. Providing their members with an opportunity to experience exciting and educational activities, including travel and Community Activism, is just another unique focus of the organization. Making its first public appearance is The Monster Truck Fresh Catch! Greg Winchenbach, the driver, began following the path of most aspiring monster truck drivers – going to shows and helping out teams. After working various jobs, including time as a lobster fisherman, Greg completed his shop and set out to make his monster truck into a Maine lobster. Using a Maine fiberglass shop and a Maine graphic designer,


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Greg’s crustacean creation was a reality. CRUSHSTATION, to be exact. After adding the Blue Lobster and the Lumber Jack to the line up, we are excited to debut Fresh Catch! If you haven’t seen Maine Cabin Masters on the DIY Network you will now. Working alongside his sister, brother-in-law, and a trusted team of craftsman and local artists, Augusta native Chase Morrill renovates classic Maine vacation properties in a unique style. From century-old cottages buried deep in the woods, to lakeside retreats on pristine shores, these classic homes receive the revivals they have needed for decades. All the way from Gillette Stadium, we’re excited to have the New England Patriots Cheerleaders! The New England Patriots Cheerleaders look forward to another banner year in 2018. Supporting the efforts of charitable organizations throughout New England, the Cheerleaders are able to use their celebrity status to make a difference in the community. This year’s squad will continue to

serve not only as day-of-game entertainers, but also as Patriots ambassadors throughout New England and around the world. Last but certainly not least, we have our locals! From Horch Roofing to Hannaford & Shaws, to VK Studio Red, Lincolnville Community Band, Taste of Maine Restaurant, Color Guards and the Special Olympics to name a few, the Maine Lobster Festival is honored to have their enthusiastic, fun and creative continued participation. Our local community makes this parade an exciting and entertaining family event celebrating our lobster industry. Don’t forget - Purchase your Saturday admission tickets BEFORE the parade starts to avoid long lines and waiting after the parade. Available at the Main Gate or the Park Street Gate at 9 a.m.


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2018 10K Road Race, 5K Walk/Run and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run

10K Road Race

8:00 A.M. SUNDAY, AUG. 6

Sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial If you like to run longer distances, our 10K is for you. More than 200 runners compete in the 10K road race through the streets of Rockland. Advanced registration is recommended as the first 250 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Registration is $22 if received by Aug. 4, and $25 on the day of the race. All finishers receive a medal and awards are presented to top finishers in a variety of age categories. Runners only for our 10K. 10K Registration is non-refundable. • Register online at Active.com. Online registration closes at noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. • Download PDF registration form at Mainelobsterfestival.com. • Pick up pre-registration packet 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the festival. • Register the morning of the race. Registration opens at 7 a.m. in Harbor Park at the Maine Stage.

5K Walk/Run

8:00 A.M. SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Sponsored by the Samoset Resort Start your Sunday with a run or walk through Rockland! Our 5K is a timed event and both runners and walkers are welcome! Advanced

registration is recommended as the first 200 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Registration is $22 if received by Aug. 4, and $25 on the day of the race. All finishers receive a medal and awards are presented to top finishers in a variety of age categories. 5K Registration is non-refundable. • Register online at Active.com. Online registration closes at noon on Saturday, August 4. • Download PDF registration form mainelobsterfestival.com. • Pick up pre-registration packet 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the festival. • Register the morning of the race. Registration opens at 7 a.m. in Harbor Park at the Main Stage.

1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run

8:30 A.M. SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Sponsored by Loyal Biscuit Not to be outdone, the kids have an opportunity to run their own 1-mile fun run (ages 0 – 12). Don’t miss the excitement and the chance to cheer on the young ones in their quest to cross the finish line. Registration for the 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 5. The registration fee is $5, and the first 75 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Medals are presented to top finishers in various age groups.

For information, email Katie at katiec618@gmail.com or call 207-975-6558


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10K Road Race / 5K Run/Walk Registration Form 2018  10K Road Race  5K Run/Walk Last Name:____________First Name:___________________ Address:__________________________________________ Phone:___________________ Email:___________________ Gender: M / F Age:_____ (on race day) T-Shirt Size: S M L

XL XXL XXXL

(First-come, first-served)

In consideration of acceptance of this entry, I hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against the sponsors and officials for any and all injuries suffered by me in this road race.

Signature:_____________________________________________________ (signature of parent or legal guardian, if under 18) $22, pre-registration; $25 day-of registration. Make check payable to: Rockland Festival Corp. Drop off this form at the Information Booth on the festival grounds or mail to: Rockland Festival Corp., PO Box 552, Rockland, ME 04841


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The International Great Crate Race • The crate races take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug.5 • Registration line begins at 5am and spots fill fast at 7am

2017 Sea Maine Sea Goddess Haylie Dawn Witham kicked off the 2017 race.

• Weight classes include featherweight (up to 75 pounds), lightweight (76-125 pounds), medium weight (126-175 pounds), and heavyweight (176 and heavier).

2017 Crate Race Champion Graidey O’Hanlon

The Maine Lobster Festival’s Great International Lobster Crate Race is the original crate race, invented by William Atwood in the 1970s and managed by him and his family for more than 20 years. Taking the challenge of scampering across a string of floating wood lobster crates is, without a doubt, among the biggest splashes at the annual Maine Lobster Festival. This test of balance and endurance — and sometimes a bit of theatrics — is a major attraction that regularly draws hundreds of spectators. The Great International Crate Race begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the waterfront, adjacent to the festival grounds. Competitors must register in advance. Registration at the information booth starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, and the limited numbers of slots fill up within minutes. If you are interested in registering, we highly recommend being there up to two hours early. The fee is $11 for contestants 12 and older and $6 for children 11 and younger. The fee includes admission to the grounds. Lobster crate racing requires speed, quick feet, balance and, above all else, the ability to withstand a dunking in chilly Maine waters because most competitors do end up in the drink. The race course is a string of 50 lobster storage crates stretching across a section of Rockland’s inner harbor in full view of the festival grounds. While trying to reach the other end, contestants scamper across the barely

If you’ve made up your mind to take the challenge of running the lobster crates, here are some tips to keep in mind:

floating lobster crates. If successful, a contestant turns and heads back to the other end. The “race” for each runner continues until a fall into the water occurs or until exhaustion takes over. Inevitably, the water wins. Susan Lundquist’s long-standing record of 3,007 crates was broken in 2008 by Andrew Bachiochi. Bachiochi set a new record by running 4,501 crates. In 2012, crate race champion Connor McGonagle, age 12, of Owls Head, Maine, smashed Bachiochi’s record when he wowed the crowd by covering 6,000 crates. He never did fall! In 2014, we had a tie for winners: Scarlett Flint, 7, of Warren, Maine, and Harrison Page, 9, of South Berwick, Maine. Neither winner ever fell in! In 2015, Flint returned and successfully defended her title after running an incredible 3,000 crates without ever falling in. In 2016 she again defended her title, winning with 1,500 crates. The 2017 winner with 905 crates was Graidey O’Hanlon, 9, of Havertown, Pennsylvania. Each year’s Lobster Crate Race attracts plenty of contestants, so it’s a good idea to register early. It’s a sight not to be missed and an event certainly worth trying, if for no other reason than the memory and the ability to brag that you challenged the crates at the Maine Lobster Festival.

squarely in the water and not on any part of the crates.

• Wear something on your feet (not sandals). Bare feet trying to find traction on the wet wood crates is an exercise in futility.

• Race organizers keep rowboats in the water to assist contestants who take the plunge. Don’t be embarrassed to accept a ride back to shore.

• Move with speed. Trying to take a Sunday stroll on the string of crates is a sure-fire way to get wet quickly.

• Acrobatic falls get a lot of applause from the audience. Smile for the cameras as you fall.

• If (when) you begin falling, try to fall to the left or right so that you will land

• Have fun. You’ll never forget the challenge of racing the crates.


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Our History

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hrough the dedication of countless community members for 71 years now, the Maine Lobster Festival has endured and, many would say, has only gotten better each year.

THE BEGINNING It all began at a gathering of citizens and summer folk in March 1947, where a discussion arose as to what could be done about reviving the summer activities that Camden had prior to the war years. It was decided that having a marine festival of some sort would be appropriate. Having it become an annual affair was intentional from the beginning. It was known that a lobster festival held in Nova Scotia was a big success, and it was then suggested that this activity might be the answer for the community. In addition, it was suggested that it was time for the Maine lobster and the Maine lobster fishermen to come into their own. On that basis, the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival was conceived as being the logical type of festival for this area. After this decision, a non-profit organization known as the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival Inc. was formed. Its president was Earl Fuller of the Maine Coast Sea Food Corporation; vice

president, Clinton Lunt of Camden Shipbuilding and Marine Railway Co.; secretary, E. Hamilton Hall, editor of The Camden Herald; and treasurer and executive director, Henry S. Bickford. An executive committee was formed to work with and advise the group from the very first festival and continues today. The first officers were Wayne Buxton of the Maine Development Commission; Owen Smith, editor of the Maine Coast Fisherman; Rudolph O. Marcoux, national sales director of the Maine Broadcasting System; and Percy Keller, Camden’s town manager. In addition, the Maine Sea and Shore Fisheries Commission, in the person of Richard Reed, assisted the executive director. Talbot O. Freeman, vice president of Pepsi Cola Company, was master of ceremonies of the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival. The soft drink company has generously arranged, as a public service to the community, for profits for their sale of their drink at the festival to be enjoyed by the Camden YMCA, whose members will man the refreshment booth. The offer of “All the lobster you can eat for $1” caused the first festival to lose money, and for that and other reasons the original Camden group did not pursue the event a second year. At the same time, the Rockland Junior Chamber of Commerce decided to bring the Lobster Festival to Rockland as a club project.


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THE FESTIVAL GROWS

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The 1948 festival featured a parade, hot lobster cooked by several local dealers and trucked to Rockland’s Public Landing, a concert by the Rockland City Band on Saturday afternoon, and a coronation ball Saturday evening at the Rockland Community Building. At this premier coronation, Ruth Roberts of Rockland was crowned as the first “Miss Maine Seafoods.” It was in 1948 that the festival extended from one day to two and was held in July. Since then, the Maine Lobster Festival is held the first weekend in August that contains the first Saturday. There are some festival traditions that have been consistent since the beginning: the selection of a Sea Goddess, the serving of Maine lobster, and a grand parade.

THE PARADE & GRAND MARSHAL The festival parade has, for many years, drawn the largest crowd of the weekend and often proves to be among the longer parades in Maine each year. Grand marshals for festival parades have included local, long-time workers for the event and people prominent in state and national politics. The 2007 Grand Marshal was Alice Knight. She has never missed a festival in over 70 years. Knight has been a festival director for 35 years, and during that time she has always attended all five days of the festival.

The Lobster Festival of 1948 became the Maine Lobster and Seafoods Festival. This name change was precipitated by the generous donation of hundreds of pounds of ocean perch by the Birdseye Division of General Foods to be cooked and served with the lobster. In 1949 the festival expanded to three days and continued to be run by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as a club project. This was a successful year for the festival and promoted this event as Maine’s premier summer event. It had grown from a one-day parade and lobster feast in Camden to three days of events, with a Sea Goddess, visiting ships, Neptune and his Court of the Sea, and exhibitions. In the fall of 1949 the local Junior Chamber of Commerce decided that the festival was too big to be operated by that organization alone and voted to form a corporation. Other local organizations such as the Elks, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and American Legion, as well as the Rockland Chamber of Commerce, joined in the commitment to make the festival a community-wide event helping to promote its tourism and seafood orientation. The festival’s fame spread farther and faster because of increased participation by outside groups.

COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR FESTIVAL Carnival rides, games and sideshows became part of the festival in the late 1970s through the mid-80s. A couple of years of poor weather, coupled with rising costs for staging the festival created a financial strain. In the early 1990s, it was announced that the festival would not be held, and promises were made that it would return after a one-year hiatus. Community reaction was swift and strong. Canceling the Maine Lobster Festival, even for a year, was not acceptable for many community leaders. The greater Rockland area rallied to its support with an infusion of new leadership and business sponsorships. A wave of community


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Our History (cont.) organization. Individuals can join as members, and a special effort has been made since 2005 to encourage this new level of membership. There are generations of both local and out-ofstate families who have committed their energies to the festival. You are indeed true volunteers!

CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMUNITY

1947 FIRST FESTIVAL

support, including financial, brought about a dramatically improved Maine Lobster Festival. Directors reorganized the event from top to bottom, even arranging for construction of a new “World’s Largest Lobster Cooker.” With renewed enthusiasm, new directors, along with a few of the remaining long-time directors and other hard-working volunteers, rebuilt the festival into what is now recognized as one of New England’s great summer events. During its 71 years, the festival has consistently maintained a focus on the state’s most famous crustacean. The Maine Lobster Festival is indeed one of Maine’s premier summer events and is recognized nationally. During the past several years, scores of articles about the festival have appeared in national magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. It also has been featured on several national television programs, including a feature broadcast on the Food Network. The organization and success of each year’s Maine Lobster Festival depends on the dedicated service of a Board of Directors — all volunteers from the local community — who work throughout the year to handle thousands of details. The Festival Corporation is a non-profit

An often-asked question by visitors to each year’s Maine Lobster Festival is, “Just what does the festival do for the community with the money it earns each year?” It is a legitimate question, and visitors may be interested in the answer. In addition to bringing such national and international attention and goodwill to the Rockland area, the festival helps bring in nearly $1 million of “outside” money into the regional economy. The Festival Board of Directors sees to it that seed money for the following year’s event is allocated. Just how much is available for donation to the community depends to a great extent on the weather, the one variable that can never be completely controlled. The surplus is contributed to the greater Rockland community for beneficial projects and activities. We are part of this wonderful community, and in just the past several years, the Maine Lobster Festival Directors have pledged $200,000 to the Gateway Center Project, now known as The Maine Lighthouse Museum.

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Our History (cont.) The festival also has given $5,000 to the Rockland Police Department for new furniture and has donated two new floats for use by the City of Rockland at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The festival has made contributions to groups such as local schools, Children’s Museum, Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce and Senior Spectrum. Also, the Festival Board provided $12,000 for new fencing at Mildred Merrill Park, donated $10,000 to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Center at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, purchased a new ambulance for the City of Rockland, and provided funds to pave the entire Rockland Public Landing. The group funded repairs to the decking at the middle pier, adjacent to the giant lobster cooker, costing $10,000. In addition, all income derived from the admission fees of children entering the grounds has gone to the Rockland Recreation Center Building Fund. In the past 10 years, the Board of Directors donated a parcel of land, now known as Mildred Merrill Park, adjacent to the festival grounds, to the City of Rockland. The land will be kept as green space and will retain an unencumbered view of the city’s harbor from South Main Street. Each year the festival contributes considerable volunteer hours and funds in grooming and improving the appearance of Harbor Park.

A portion of its earnings also is placed in the Festival Recreation Trust Fund, from which money is distributed for worthy recreation projects throughout Knox County. The festival, a non-profit activity run entirely by unpaid volunteers, is a colorful and enjoyable event that builds community spirit and enhances the region’s economy. Volunteering at the festival is a wonderful way of making new friends and connecting with existing ones. While nearly 1,000 area citizens volunteer some time during each year’s Lobster Festival, it is the Board of Directors who makes it possible for the gates to open. No sooner have the gates closed on one year’s celebration than the planning begins on the next year’s event.

1961 SEA GODDESS PAMELA GRAY AND KING NEPTUNE

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A Community Festival: What that really means

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he The Maine Lobster Festival is truly a community festival. The festival would not, and could not, exist without a commitment to giving back to the people of Midcoast Maine. In the mid-1990s, then-Lobster Festival President Ed Kolmosky gathered the set-up crew and quickly realized that the pavement at Harbor Park was in rough condition. Some tent stakes would not hold in the crumbling hard-top. Kolmosky called the city manager and learned there was no money in the budget for repairs. His typical “can-do” response resulted in getting a local paving crew to the grounds in a less-than-typical time frame. The Lobster Festival took care of the paving for the city property at no cost to taxpayers.

That was not an isolated instance. A few years earlier, the city needed a new ambulance but had no funds to pay for it. You guessed it: The festival bought a new ambulance for the city. When a local developer set his sights on the land at the top of the hill above the park, long-time festival stalwart and retired teacher Mildred Merrill realized the last harbor view on Main Street was threatened. It took several years, but under Mildred’s steadfast leadership, the festival bought the land and donated it to the city with the understanding that the view would not be blocked. These are three examples of the festival’s core mission: giving back. Its strength is in its volunteers. “This combination is what makes the Maine Lobster Festival unique, and it’s what keeps


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A Community Festival (cont.)

us going all winter,” said Tim Carroll, past president of the festival. Other community contributions and gifts worthy of note have gone to Oceanside High School for a new auditorium curtain, improvements to and furnishings for the teachers lounge, and additional educational support. The festival also has supported other projects, including the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Camden First Aid Association, Freedom Riders, Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Teen Center, Rockland Fire Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Knox Interfaith Teen

Safe Havens, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, Destination Imagination, Rockland District Nursing Association, Literacy Volunteers, Festival of Lights, and Bicycle Coalition of Maine. A portion of the gate admissions is distributed annually for worthwhile recreation projects throughout Knox County. Also essential to the festival’s mission is ensuring there are enough funds to open the next year’s festival.

Thank you for supporting the Maine Lobster Festival as it supports the Midcoast Maine community.


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2018 Maine Lobster Festival Sponsors The Maine Lobster Festival’s sponsors offer donations to the Maine Lobster Festival Committee that are put toward the implementation of the festival. Thanks to their generous support, we are able to celebrate the lobster industry each year and offer donations to more groups and organizations throughout the year. Whether it’s a monetary donation, or enormous shipments of butter to melt, we could not operate without the generosity of these wonderful businesses.


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2018 Maine Lobster Festival Sponsors


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Thank You The Maine Lobster Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and the Rockland community. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival uses its proceeds to give back to community organizations, groups, school teams, scholarships, and charities. The kindness our sponsors show by donating goods or money helps us to give back even more throughout the year. As you know, we run on volunteer support. From our Board of Directors to the folks serving you lobster dinners throughout Festival Week, these folks donate their time to help the Maine Lobster Festival succeed every summer. All of our volunteers understand the hard work it takes to put on this wonderful event each year, and we are grateful they share our desire to improve Rockland and the surrounding communities. Finally, the wonderful residents of the Rockland community must also be considered. Thank you for sharing your home with festival visitors each year, for putting up with the traffic an event of this size causes, for attending the festival yourselves, and for your constant support of our mission. The Maine Lobster Festival honors not only the lobster industry, but also Midcoast Maine’s communities.

We are grateful for all those who attend the festival each year, and for those who do their part to help us give back.


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Maine Lobster Festival 2018  

An Official Program by the BDN • July 2018 BDN Maine is proud to be publishing this year’s Official Program Guide for the Maine Lobster Fest...

Maine Lobster Festival 2018  

An Official Program by the BDN • July 2018 BDN Maine is proud to be publishing this year’s Official Program Guide for the Maine Lobster Fest...