Updated with link to photos

Great weather, crowds draw festival to a close

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 05, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Lydia Galkowski, 7 months old, is not happy that her mother is so far away during the Diaper Derby at Lobster Festival Aug. 3.

Rockland — Contrary to what had been forecast, it was the great weather that drew the masses to the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival making it a success in the eyes of many, according to Festival President Chuck Kruger.

Kruger said he has received many great comments about the five days of events.

"We were up overall for the year a little over 1 percent," said Kruger, in gate, food and merchandise sales.

"That puts us in a good position for next year," said Kruger.

Kruger added the new saying in the tourism industry these days is "flat is the new up."

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Over the course of the five days, 14,086 pounds of lobster were cooked compared to last year's 16,890 and an additional 1,152 pounds of lobster meat went into rolls, wraps and salads — up from 864 pounds last year.

"We certainly held our own," said Kruger, despite some obstacles. Kruger said the new management team learned a lot and had lots of fun.

Gate sales were a little off from last year about 1.4 percent, according to Kruger, who noted food sales were up about $22,000 over last year.

Float winners

Recognized by the panel of judges during the Big Parade this year were:

Antique Auto - Old Miss Crusty 1929; Band - Bay Winds North; Commercial - Wells Fargo; Marching - Coast Guard Eagle Cadets; Non-Profit - Owls Head Baptist Church; Novelty - Ben Perry; and Theme - Little Learners.

Diaper Derby winners

Sixteen youngsters competed in the Diaper Derby. Finishing in first place was Mason Catalano of Rockland with a time of 22 seconds and second place was Cora Arteaga of Thomaston at 27 seconds.

Cod Fish Carry winners

Fifteen brave souls took their stab at carrying a floppy, slimy cod fish to the boat and back to the netting. Finishing first for second-grade age was Lexi Herbst of Kansas City, Mo. with a time of 1:13.06. Third-grade winner was Jackelyn Kelly of Rockland with a time of 1:08.84. And fourth-grade winner was Jacob Roberts of Friendship with a time of :38.12.

Lobster-eating contest winners

Eleven hungry competitors took their best shots at devouring a lobster in the fastest time. First place with a time of 54 seconds was Zach Spearing of Owls Head. Declan Lally of Warren took second place with a time of 1:15.

Children's Parade winners

Youngsters up to age six had their own parade Sunday, Aug. 3 around the festival grounds. First place winner was Bella Knight of Owls Head; second went to Nora and Bailee Fish of Rockland; and third went to Lucian and Sean Honkonen of Rockland.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Sophie Kingston, 9, of Rockland did not like the feel of the slimy fish during the Cod Fish Carry at the Lobster Festival Aug. 3. She finished with a time of 1:08. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Jacob Roberts, 10, of Friendship holds the big fish in the Cod Fish Carry Aug. 3. He placed first overall with a time of just 39 seconds. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The second group gets ready to chow down on their tasty crustacean during the Lobster Eating Contest Aug. 3. From left, are Declan Lally, Giana O'Garro, Dasha Schlicker, Zach Spearing, and Jacob Roberts. Spearing, 10, of Owls Head placed first with a time of 54 seconds and Lally, 9, of Warren took second place with a time of 1:15. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Happy as a lobster is Hazel Page, 11 months. She took only 48 seconds to dash to the finish during the Diaper Derby at the Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A little sibling rivalry was going on between brother and sister, Michael, 9, and Bianca Matthews,11, during the Lobster Eating Contest Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Dash Schlicker, 10, of Washington, gets a little encouragement from Blackbeard the Pirate during the Lobster Eating Contest Aug. 3. Also looking on is 2014 Maine Sea Goddess Abby Hersom. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Mason Catalano, 11 months old from Rockland, poses with his first place prized lobster and his parents after winning the Diaper Derby with a time of 22 seconds. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 06, 2014 10:20

Great pictures but none of the Children's Parade.  Which seems to be dwindling since it was switched from Friday morning's to Sunday mornings.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 06, 2014 10:20

Great pictures but none of the Children's Parade.  Which seems to be dwindling since it was switched from Friday morning's to Sunday mornings.



Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Aug 05, 2014 15:24

Great pictures!!!!  What a super time we all had a the festival.



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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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