Lobster Festival officially opens

Runs through Sunday, Aug. 3
By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Blackbeard and King Neptune stand beside 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook as the Royal Court arrives at Harbor Park to open the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival July 30.

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.

Click for photos from the Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess coronation.

Click for other 2014 Maine Lobster Festival photos.

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.

 

The Maine Lobster Festival officially opened July 30 with the arrival of King Neptune and his Royal Court. Shown are Blackbeard, 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook, King Neptune, Pirates Erika Bramhall and Lexington Marquis, lobster Taygan McAllister, Pirates Amiah Marquis and Hunter Davidson, and clam Ny-ah Wilkins. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
John and Sandy Morgan of Cincinnati, Ohio enjoy a pair of succulent lobsters following the opening of the Maine Lobster Festival July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Christina Fournier of Colorado poses with lobsters in front of the cooking building July 30 as the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival opened. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Nine-month-old Grayson Dinsmore, son of Kyle and Kristina Dinsmore of Warren, takes a nap while he has an elephant applied to his cheek by Happy Face Painting at the Lobster Festival July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Crown Bearer Sophie Marie Cyr chats with 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook during coronation rehearsal July 30. The 2014 Sea Goddess, Miss Congeniality and Crown Princess will be revealed tonight beginning at 8 p.m. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Barely an hour into the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival and already 320 of the sought after creatures have been cooked July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Annie Zhang of Boston is in the spirit at the Maine Lobster Festival July 30. This was her first visit to the festival, but not her first lobster. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Coronation Director Sharon Lombardo confers with 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook and other participants during rehearsal July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Samantha Dienesch-Calamari practices her walk and wave during coronation rehearsal July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The fog rolls in over Harbor Park in Rockland July 30 on opening day of the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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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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