One lucky winner will catch Rockland’s Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

Dec 14, 2010

Rockland — Holiday time is a season of traditions both new and old. Since 2003, Rockland has enjoyed the annual display of its Lobster Trap Christmas Tree. For the past four years, 100 of the traps have been raffled as a fundraiser for Rockland Main Street, Inc., the organizers of this annual tradition. Lobsterman Walter Willey IV was the 2009 winner of the 100 traps. “When I found out that all those traps were mine, I thought someone was pulling my leg … it was such great news after a long hard season”, shared Willey about his winning experience, in a press release.

Built by volunteers, the tree is constructed from traps built specially for Rockland Main Street, Inc. by Brooks Trap Mill in Thomason, Maine. Each trap weighs 40 pounds. A unique engineering plan allows the hollow structure to reach nearly 38 feet. 480 feet of natural garland decorate the tree, which is adorned with 125 lobster buoys. The tree is lit from the inside, as well as by over 3,000 twinkle lights wound throughout the garland.

The tree’s buoys were first brought to the tree by lobstering families who fish the waters of Penobscot Bay. Known as the “Lobster Capital of the World” and with fishing as a central part of the communities heritage, the tree is an authentic reflection of the city’s character and history.

Rockland Main Street, Inc. is grateful for its partners: The City of Rockland, Brooks Trap Mill, the US Coast Guard, and the student crew from The Apprentice Shop for their support in the construction of the tree.

Only 300 tickets are sold in this raffle for 100 of the traps used to create the Lobster trap Christmas Tree. Tickets are sold for $50 each.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Brooks Trap Mill in Thomaston, Hamilton Marine in Rockland, Camden National Bank in Rockland, or by writing to rocklanddowntown@gmail.com. Tickets will be available for sale until Wednesday, Jan. 5.

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