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The Maine Lobster Festival Returns!

Volunteers steamed 20,000 pounds of lobster during the festival. Photo courtesy of Courier Gazette.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 75th Maine Lobster Festival returned to Rockland in full force in August.

Over 22,000 pounds of lobster was consumed during the festival, steamed by volunteers in the World’s Greatest Lobster Cooker, which can cook 1,600 pounds of lobsters in 15 minutes. Organizers credit the record-breaking attendance to this year’s free admission and to the fact that for the first time, the Festival had a beer tent!

South Thomaston lobsterwoman Virginia Oliver, age 102, was grand marshall of the traditional Saturday parade along Maine Street, accompanied by King Neptune and this year’s Sea Goddess, Olivia Dougherty of Warren.

Visitors from around the world came to enjoy fresh Maine lobster. MLF photo.

On Sunday afternoon, the Great International Lobster Crate Race took place in Rockland Harbor, when more than 90 competitors, ages 5 to 56, attempted to cross 50 wooden lobster crates strung together. Aiden Genthner, 12, of Owls Head finished first, crossing 2,522 crates in all. His younger brother, Kobe, 9, ran across 1,798 crates in total.

Being light on one’s feet can certainly pay off!

Aiden Genther goes for the title. Photo courtesy of Village Soup.


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