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70th Maine Lobster Festival officially under way

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 02, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham King Neptune escorts 2016 Sea Goddess Adrianna Ames up the plank to open the 70th Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 2.

Rockland — Harbor Park in Rockland was the place to be at noon Aug. 2, as the 70th Maine Lobster Festival officially opened.

Blackbeard escorted King Neptune and his court, along with 2016 Maine Sea Goddess Adrianna Ames, as they arrived via Coast Guard vessel, and headed directly to the harbormaster's office for the traditional flag-raising to commence the activities.

Click for photos from the first day of the Maine Lobster Festival.

Click for photos from the second day of the Maine Lobster Festival.

Click for photos from the third day of the Maine Lobster Festival.

Click for photos from the Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess Coronation.

Click for photos from the Big Parade.

Meanwhile coronation rehearsal was held on the main stage in preparation for the evening's crowning of the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess, Sea Princess and Miss Congeniality.

The line grew long at the food tent, as visitors from far and near awaited a taste of what the events are all about -- Maine lobster. Other food vendors, the carnival and artisan tents were busy as well.

What has become a tradition -- a PETA protest -- took place again this year at the corner of Main and Park streets as the festival opened (see related story).

The festival runs through Sunday, Aug. 6, with the big parade taking place Saturday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m.

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

Lead cooker Vernard Mossman brings up the first batch of fresh Maine lobster to start off the 70th Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 2. Each of the massive containers holds up to 150 pounds of lobsters, with a capacity of 850 pounds being cooked at one time. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Blackbeard, King Neptune and the court pose around the ceremonial flagpole, where the 70th Maine Lobster Festival was opened Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A group from Cherryfield, N.J., enjoy some seafood. From left are Kelsea Kenniff, Torissa Ellerson, Chuck Griffith and Doris Kenniff, who said this is her first visit since she was 12 years old. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Logan Vlk of Wentworth, N.H., holds a starfish at the touch tank. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Some of the royal court during their procession to opening ceremonies of the 70th Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Ava Mischel of New York has a lobster painted on her face by Danika Cayouette. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Rachel Weeks of Rockland poses for a caricature being drawn by Paula Carter. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Andrea and Chris Kirby of Torrington, Conn., pose by Rocky the Lobster with a scenic of Rockland in the background. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Renee Blanchard of Erie, Pa., marks her spot of origin on the 70th Maine Lobster Festival map. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Georgi Dorbish of Ohio snaps a commemorative photograph of husband John at their first Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Dean Bruton, 12, of Chicago gets into the spirit of the Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 2 on Main Street in Rockland. He said this is his first time trying lobster. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Signe Gardner, 1949 Maine Sea Goddess, poses with King Neptune at opening ceremonies Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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