Lobster Festival officially opensRuns through Sunday, Aug. 3
Rockland — The 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival officially opened July 30 with King Neptune and his Royal Court arriving at Harbor Park in Rockland.
A Rockland Coast Guard cutter pulled into the harbor from the foggy, briny deep with King Neptune, Blackbeard and 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook aboard, along with others.
The court then went directly to the Harbormaster's Building to raise the Lobster Festival flag and declare this year's festivities open.
The lobster cookers were steaming away as people waited in line for a taste of the succulent crustaceans, and visitors strolled through the many arts and crafts tents.
The crowning of the 2014 Sea Goddess, Miss Congeniality and Crown Princess will take place on the main stage at the festival grounds this evening, beginning at 8 p.m.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc. com.
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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 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 working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.