The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland has been a staple event in Maine for the past 69 years. This past Saturday was the first time that I attended and I had a wonderful experience. In addition to the abundance of lobster available to eat (an estimated 20,000 pounds of lobster is served during the five-day festival), there were a variety of events and festivities, including the Great Lobster Crate Race, the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant, the annual parade, live music, and – my personal favorite – the Arts and Crafts Tent. Not only was it a shady and cool spot to interact with festival-goers, but it was also a spot where I was able to bump elbows with talented photographers and artists from around the state.
Luckily, I made it through Main Street with just minutes to spare until “The Big Parade” started. I spent the morning with Five County Credit Union enjoying the parade and talking with them about upcoming events in the area. With an estimated 30,000 festival attendees, traffic and parking was pretty hectic, but I avoided that by planning ahead and finding free parking at the Rockland Middle School, which also included free shuttle rides to and from the event.
The shoreline view from the festival was amazing. The breeze coming off the Atlantic helped keep the crowd cool in the hot sun. But the sun didn’t last all day, as rain and hail bigger than I’ve ever seen swooped in. Only in Maine can the weather change that fast. Even with the change in weather, it was a great day that I wouldn’t trade for anything and I hope to be back again next year!
What is your favorite Maine festival? Let me know!