The Festival Is Over. Now What?
Though the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival has come and gone, the work doesn’t end for the Maine Lobster Festival directors.
Throughout the rest of the year, the Maine Lobster Festival Corporation is busy reviewing applications and requests for financial assistance for local organizations in Midcoast Maine. The Festival itself serves as an enormous fundraiser; the money the Festival makes every year through admission prices, dinners, and entertainment ticket sales are used to offer support for local charities, groups, and organizations.
Throughout the years, the Maine Lobster Festival has contributed to a number of organizations, from helping local high schools purchase new uniforms for their teams to donating $50,000 toward a utility truck for the Thomaston Fire Department.
Other organizations who have benefited from Festival proceeds include: Meals on Wheels, Saint Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, Trekkers, Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, Toy Library Center of Midcoast Maine, Midcoast Regional Child Development Services, Rockland District Nursing Association, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, the Santa Claus House of Rockland, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Run For Your Life Emergency Service Challenge, and the Rockland Police Department Torch Run.
In recent years, the Festival Corporation has given more than $500,000 to the local community, thanks to the thousands of visitors who come to Rockland, Maine for five days at the beginning of each August to eat lobster, ride carnival rides, learn about Maine sea life, and explore the area.
For us, it’s not quite over yet. The Maine Lobster Festival is happy to support communities throughout Midcoast Maine.