Rockland, Maine is the undisputed home to the lobster. For this reason, it is no wonder that the annual Maine Lobster Festival takes place here every summer. On the Wednesday before the first weekend in August, Rockland transforms into a five-day food and entertainment festival that attracts more than 70,000 lobster-lovers from all over the country.

Obviously, the lobster reigns supreme as the primary focus of the festivities. Each year (since 1991), the Atwood Lobster Company exclusively supplies more than 20,000 pounds of lobster to be prepared. Visitors here can indulge in a freshly caught, freshly prepared lobster under the Maine Eating Tent while enjoying the cool breezes of Penobscot Bay.

If you are confident in your lobster preparation skills and feel that your recipe is worth taking notice, you are encouraged to enter the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest. Winners receive a handsome cash prize, fame, and the honor of victory. If you are not in love with lobster, don’t worry. There are plenty of other food options for you to enjoy here.

Before you indulge in all the food delicacies, work up an appetite by participating in the Maine Lobster Festival Road Race. More than 200 athletes compete in the 10k road race each year, which stretches from Rockland to Rockport. To maintain your momentum, thousands of spectators will be cheering you on through the finish line.

The festival also includes a pageant where local young women compete for the title of “Maine Sea Goddess.” Once crowned, the Maine Sea Goddess is awarded with an array of scholarships and prizes, and continues to represent the state of Maine, as well as the lobstering industry, for the entire year at events throughout New England. The goddess’ first task, however, is to wave from the Maine Lobster Festival Parade. The parade, which takes place on Saturday morning, usually draws close to 25,000 spectators.

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