The Maine Lobster Festival is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s festival. Whether it’s the Board of Directors or the people serving lobster, the festival relies on more than 1,300 volunteers each year to keep running.

Volunteer jobs include everything from setting up and taking down tents, to taking tickets, or cooking the lobsters served to guests. Every volunteer is important. Volunteers receive an exclusive volunteer T-shirt, free admission the day they volunteer, and festival organizers' appreciation.

Locals, summer residents and vacationers from across the country come together each year to make the festival happen. Many memorable vacations are planned around a single four-hour shift each year, showcasing the dedication of volunteers. Three weeks prior to the festival, volunteers begin to get the grounds ready to ensure everything runs smoothly and meets expectations.

Proceeds from the festival each year are given back to the Rockland community and surrounding areas as grants, scholarships, donations and gifts.

To sign up, fill out an Online Volunteer Form at mainelobsterfestival.com/festival-info/volunteer/, or print a paper Volunteer form and mail it in. Be specific about which job you’d like to sign up for.For more information, email volunteer@mainelobsterfestival.com.

This is the Lobster Festival's 70th year, and participants are encouraged to join the fun by entering a parade float.

This year’s parade theme is “70 Years of the Maine Lobster Festival.” There is never a fee to participate in the parade. The only thing required is creativity.

Any groups and organizations that wish to participate can download an application at mainelobsterfestival.com/main-events/big-parade/. An application may also be requested by emailing parade@mainelobsterfestival.com.

The Big Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, on Rockland’s Main Street. This year it will feature the Grand Marshal, the Sea Princesses and their escorts, and the newly crowned 2017 Maine Sea Goddess. King Neptune and his court will also be making an appearance. Bands, marching units, and drill teams, along with different floats, will be there as well, to ensure an entertaining and lively parade.

This year’s Parade Grand Marshal is Lois Stackpole Alley, retired head of Meals on Wheels of Rockland.