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About the Festival

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What do you get...

...when you mix nine tents, the world’s greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, all you can eat pancakes, free shuttle service, US Coast Guard Station tours, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events, over 20,000 pounds of lobster, PLUS over 1,000 volunteers and a group of dedicated directors?


For real small town fun with big time entertainment and events, The Maine Lobster Festival has it all! Beginning the day after the gates close, the directors begin to work on the next year’s event.

Contributing to the Community
An often-asked question by visitors to each year's Maine Lobster Festival is, "just what does the festival do for the community with the money it earns each year?" It is a legitimate question and visitors may be interested in the answer.

Just how much is available for donation to the community depends to a great extent on weather, the one variable that can never be completely controlled. The surplus is contributed to the greater Rockland community for beneficial projects and activities.

We are part of this wonderful community and in just the past several years, the Maine Lobster Festival Directors have pledged $200,000 to the Gateway Center Project now known as The Maine Lighthouse Museum. The festival also has given $5,000 to the Rockland Police Department for new furniture and donated two new floats for use by the City of Rockland at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

The Festival has made contributions to groups such as local schools, Children's Museum, Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce and Senior Spectrum. In addition, the Festival Board provided $12,000 for new fencing at Mildred Merrill Park, donated $10,000 to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Center at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, purchased a new ambulance for the city of Rockland and provided funds to pave the entire Rockland Public Landing. The group funded repairs to the decking at the middle pier, adjacent to the giant lobster cooker costing $10,000. In addition, all income derived from the admission fees of children entering the grounds has gone to the Rockland Recreation Center Building Fund.

The Maine Lobster Festival, a non-profit activity is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, is a colorful and enjoyable event that builds community spirit and enhances the region's economy. To request a donation from the Maine Lobster Festival, fill out the form listed here and mail it in. You will be notified of our decision. Thank you.

Request Form

For 11 months, the volunteer Board of Directors is busy planning, and for three weeks, volunteers start to help out and get the grounds set up, and for 5 great days, the festival is presented to our visitors in hopes that this year will exceed all our expectations, and YOURS!

And of course for several days after, we carefully put the festival away, sweep the grounds and sit back and say WOW!! We really did it!! No one gets paid for their efforts - our reward is the satisfaction of mutual involvement and the pleasure of knowing that the proceeds of our hard work and the hard work of our Volunteers helps support our community in many ways. We all are tired at the end, but ready to do it all over again the next year!!


Come join us!