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Philbrook named 2013 Maine Sea Goddess

Plourde named Crown Princess
By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 31, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren is crowned 2013 Maine Sea Goddess at the coronation ceremonies held July 31. The 66th Maine Lobster Festival is under way and continues through Aug. 4 at Harbor Park in Rockland.

Rockland — Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren was crowned Maine Sea Goddess July 31 during a coronation ceremony at the 66th Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park.

Philbrook is the daughter of Ronald and Denise Philbrook, and a 2013 graduate of Medomak Valley High School.

Hannah Elizabeth Plourde of Rockland was named Crown Princess. She is the daughter of Brian and Kimberly Plourde, and a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School.

Zoey Jeanne Proctor, also of Rockland, was named Miss Congeniality, a title voted on by the other contestants. She is the daughter of Alison Weaver and Otto Proctor, and a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School.

Click for photos from the coronation.

Click for other Maine Lobster Festival photos.

A total of 18 Sea Princesses competed this year for the title of Maine Sea Goddess. Rachel Kinney of Thomaston served as Crown Bearer.

Opening day of the festival saw a pleasant mix of sun and clouds.

Dan Bookham served as emcee, introducing each of the 18 Sea Princesses. Members of the Rockland Coast Guard and Knox County Sheriffs Department escorted the contestants during the coronation.

Tim Carroll, president of the Maine Lobster Festival Association and Sharon Lombardo, Festival Executive Committee member spoke during the event. Rockland Mayor William Clayton was on hand as well.

King Neptune and his royal court presided over the event. Shayna Cohen of Hope sang several musical numbers, including "God Bless America" and "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by Alex Wilder on the keyboard.

Philbrook accepted the crown from 2012 Maine Sea Goddess Alexandra Dienesch-Calamari. She plans to attend the University of New England to study pre-med/medical biology.

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

Hannah Elizabeth Plourde receives her tiara for 2013 Crown Princess at coronation ceremonies July 31. The 66th Maine Lobster Festival has opened and continues through Aug. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Zoey Jeanne Proctor was chosen Miss Congeniality by her fellow Sea Princesses during the 66th Maine Lobster Festival coronation July 31. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Newly crowned Maine Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook waves to the crowd July 31 at the Maine Lobster Festival. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Comments (6)
Posted by: Jan MacDonald | Aug 02, 2013 06:00

You go girl! Congratulations.



Posted by: Karen Jill Dienesch-Calamari | Aug 01, 2013 20:19

Congratulations Missy! You'll do fabulous!



Posted by: Terry Wilshire | Aug 01, 2013 11:45

CONGRATULATIONS MISSY!!!! WOOT, WOOT!!!

 



Posted by: Denise Leary | Aug 01, 2013 09:44

Way to go MISSY! LOVE YOU GIRL!!!

 



Posted by: Allison Moody | Aug 01, 2013 09:32

CONGRATULATIONS MISSY!!!!



Posted by: Dianne Burnham | Aug 01, 2013 09:10

Way To Go!!!   We love you Missy!!



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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 13.

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