City prepares for lobster festival
Rockland — The 65th annual lobster festival will begin Wednesday, Aug. 1, providing 20,000 pounds of Maine lobster, music, games and other entertainment through Sunday, Aug. 5 at Harbor Park in Rockland.
The festival's prominent events include the Sea Goddess coronation on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. on the main stage.
The Navy’s USS San Antonio is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, Aug. 1. The San Antonio carries 699 people, and can hold up to 800 people. Currently, 363 people sail aboard the ship (28 officers, 335 enlisted). The ship was designated as the flagship of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational anti-piracy naval force off Somalia.
Visitors will be able to tour the ship on the hour, and tickets will be passed out on the half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the first tour will be available at 9:30 a.m. each day. There will be a security screening prior to boarding the ferry for the ship. Visitors will be required to show a state or government photo identification.
Country singer Randy Houser will perform Friday, Aug. 3 at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage. Houser is known for his hit single "Boots on" and multiple Country Music Award and Academy of Country Music award nominations. Opening for the band is South Portland native Amy Allen, who earned recognition trying out on the television show "The Voice." Allen will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
The headlining entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 4 is the southern rock band 38 Special. Together since 1976, the band has released 15 albums, earning gold and platinum awards. The band is set to play on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Opening for the band at 7:30 p.m. is the Mallett Brothers Band, a rock-driven Americana group with a folk-blues originality.
The big festival parade, starting from Oceanside High School on Broadway, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. The parade will travel down North Main Street and end at the entrance to the festival.
The blindfold row boat race begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration to enter the race is allowed before 1 p.m. at the information booth.
Sunday, Aug. 5 is free-admission family day, changed from its former scheduling on Wednesday. The 10-kilometer road race starts at 8:30 a.m. The great international lobster crate race begins at 2 p.m.
The wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea is at 5 p.m. The festival gates close at 6 p.m. until next year.