Midcoast lens: Festival happenings

Aug 01, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Visitors to the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival post pins in a map to tell others what part of the world, country or state they came from. The documentation map is located beyond the main entry gate near Time Out Pub.

The Paddy Whack Junk Band plays for festival-goers Aug. 1 at Harbor Park in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Maine Lobster Festival President Chuck Kruger speaks at the welcoming of the United States Coast Guard ship Eagle Aug. 1 at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
No worse for the wear is Peter Smith, chief Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland Aug. 1. With just over 1,660 lobsters cooked into day three, Smith said being well-hydrated and having about 200 volunteers to assist makes for light work. Of course having eight cookers that can each cook up to 200 pounds each also helps. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A new line of volunteers enters Harbor Park in Rockland Aug. 1 during the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival. Thousands of volunteers make the festival run smoothly each year. The volunteer T-shirt is the most sought-after souvenir. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
One of the most common scenes Aug. 1 at Harbor Park in Rockland is King Neptune and Blackbeard the Pirate posing with visitors to the festival grounds. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sculpter Dick Johnson works on this year's mermaid for the 2014 Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park in Rockland. Eventually she will become part of his Mermaid Island exhibit at his gallery on Lake Avenue. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Jim Brickel holds the fourth child, his granddaughter, to wear this particular Lobster Festival hat. Leah Rose Brickel is just 3 weeks old, and was the center of attention at the information booth. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle's triple-wheeled helm. The ship visited Rockland during Lobster Festival weekend. (Photo by: Bruce Hilsmeyer)
The rigging on the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle is more than five miles long. It also carries more than 20,000 square feet of sail, according to the U.S. Coast Guard website. (Photo by: Bruce Hilsmeyer)
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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 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.

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