The Maine Lobster Festival Board voted April 30 to donate $50,000 to the Thomaston Fireman's Association to help pay for a new utility fire truck.

The meeting was held at the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

The Thomaston Fireman’s Association has launched a fundraising campaign to replace its 1968 Chevrolet utility fire truck. At the meeting it was noted the association needs to raise about $70,000. The Lobster Festival Benefactions Committee had voted prior to the meeting to provide $50,000 and the full board approved that amount at the meeting.

"I'm still kind of in shock," said Tony Leo, chairman of the Thomaston Fireman's Association Fundraising Committee. "I'm just so grateful the Lobster Festival is making this donation."

He said the truck will be an asset not only to Thomaston, but the larger Knox County community. It will be used to haul the rescue boat used in water emergencies, a resource for which the fire department has seen increased demand. He said it will benefit the entire mutual aid community from Rockland to Friendship and other area towns.

It was noted at the meeting that the festival has given to fire departments and EMS teams in the past. The board also noted that the Thomaston Fire Department has been helpful in past years by remaining on-call during the Lobster Festival as backup to the Rockland department, which might be busy with the festival.

The fireman's association will be holding events to raise an additional $20,000 for the truck.

The truck is used for fighting brush fires, at the scene of car accidents and structure fires, and transports the water rescue boat to the scene of any water-based emergencies. The association hopes to buy a new or used truck with a 200-gallon water tank, according to past press releases.

Applications still being accepted for Sea Goddess

In other business, it was noted there are still openings for young women interested in entering the annual Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess Pageant. Festival President Tim Carroll said some local businesses are interested in sponsoring contestants.

The 2013 Sea Goddess Coronation will take place on Wednesday evening, July 31.

Prior to the pageant, participating Festival Princesses will participant in local events and activities that highlight and promote the 2013 Maine Lobster Festival.

Applications can be downloaded and printed at

Please mail to: Maine Lobster Festival Coronation Committee, P.O. Box 552, Rockland, ME 04841.

The Maine Sea Goddess Pageant is open to 20 eligible young women who meet the Maine Lobster Festival’s guidelines. Applicants must be single, a high school (or equivalent GED) graduate, not more than 21 years of age, and a Maine resident.

The young woman chosen as Sea Goddess receives a $2,000 cash award and represents the Maine lobster fishing industry at events in Maine and across New England throughout her one-year reign.

For information, call pageant chairwoman Sharon Lombardo at 594-4559 or 691-5203.

The 66th annual Maine Lobster Festival will be held on the Rockland waterfront Wednesday through Sunday, July 31 through Aug. 4.

Courier Publications News Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.