Rockland is the home of the Maine Lobster Festival and every year around the first week of August (this year's dates are the 4th through the 8th) visitors and locals alike head down to the waterfront to honor this famous crustacean and the lobster men and women and stern men and women that bring them up from the briny deep.
According to the Maine Lobster Festival web site they create an event that includes "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, US Navy ship tours, 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." That's a pretty impressive small town festival if you ask me!
A couple years ago they built a new lobster cooker and they solicited local business owners, residents, and visitors to help in the cost of the project by purchasing personalized bricks. I took a moment the other day to photograph our bricks:
just waiting for those tons of lobsters!