This week it's time for the 63rd Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. The world's biggest lobster cooker is steaming every day by 10:00 am, and by 11:00, hungry festival attendees are lining up for their lobster dinner. In past years up to 25,000 pounds of lobsters have been served to as many as 100,000 people, and this years crowds look to match if not exceed those numbers. Hundreds of volunteers work the festival, doing their best to make sure that visitors from all over the country, and some even from other countries have a good time.
Activities include a parade, a cooking contest, the crowning of this year's Maine Sea Goddess, and a 10k road race. Musical groups Motor Booty Affair, as well as Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes, will be performing along with country star Clint Black. There is a lobster crate race, where the challenge is to run across 50 partially submerged lobster crates; the person who runs over the most crates before falling into the chilly Atlantic Ocean wins. There's all the usual fair food, plus steamed lobsters, steamed and fried clams, Maine shrimp, steamed mussels, and corn on the cob.
Last year's cooking contest winner was a lobster pot pie, baked by a lady from Portland, Maine. Her culinary masterpiece is pictured below:
I've included a video which gives you more information about this annual event in Rockland, Maine, the self-proclaimed Lobster Capital of the World. If you click on the little square near the lower right hand corner of the video, it will broadcast in full screen mode for you.