The 6th day of August in 1947 marked the first Maine Lobster Festival held in Camden, Maine. Being the most abundant state when it comes to lobsters ever since the early 1800s, an annual lobster festival was created and expected to succeed.
Today, the Maine Lobster Festival has developed extensively from the $1 admission fee event to a yearly five day affair in Rockland Harbor Park. It usually kicks off on the first Wednesday of August every year. More than 70,000 lobster loving patrons flood the festival venue to participate in various events such as a 10k road race for adults and a 1-mile fun run for kids, the ?Sea Goddess Beauty Pageant?, the Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race, seafood cooking contests, and of course, eating freshly caught and cooked lobsters.
Every year, at least 20,000 pounds of lobsters are being served and eaten at the Maine Lobster Festival.