The Maine Lobster Festival has announced its new officers for 2017. For the first time in the 70 years the festival has been going on, all four officers are women.

President Cynthia Powell was born and raised in Rockland, and volunteered with the festival throughout her childhood. In 2002 she returned home to Rockland and began volunteering again. She became a member of the Maine Lobster Festival in 2007. Powell was elected director in 2012, and served as vice president in 2015.

Vice President Celia Knight has been involved with the Maine Lobster Festival her whole life, learning all about it from her mother, Alice, who has been involved with the festival more than 50 years, and is still a director. Knight is part of the third generation of her family who have actively volunteered at the festival. She has helped out in many areas of the festival over the years, and currently chairs the Marine Tent and Cooking Contest. She also assists with all the children’s contests and the crate race. Knight is manager of Knight Marine Service in Rockland.

Treasurer Brandy Perkins started volunteering in the festival food tent in high school. After moving back to the area, she began volunteering again. Over the years, Perkins has volunteered at the gates, as a cashier, as a shift leader, and as lobster cooker. This will be her third term as treasurer.

Secretary Barbara Toler was born and raised in Camden, and has been volunteering her time at the festival for as long as she can remember. For many years, she helped out behind the scenes, before filling the previously vacant position of secretary last year. Toler is looking forward to even more responsibility this year.

Outgoing President Brian Plourde served two years as president. He also served as vice president and director of the food tent. Plourde volunteered with the festival for 17 years.