70 years ago, an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities was born. On August 14, 1947, the event was announced on the front page of the Camden Herald, where the headline read, "All the lobster you can eat for $1."  Would you pass up an opportunity like that? All the lobsters you can eat for a dollar? That's just amazing! Not too many people believed it, however, and the first festival was pretty much a flop! The next year they renamed it the Maine Lobster and Seafoods Festival and extended the format to two days. That worked, the event was a wild success, and the following year they decided to extend it again, to three days. They also renamed it as the Maine Lobster Festival, and Miss Maine Seafoods became the Sea Goddess.

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The Maine Lobster Festival has changed a little over the years, adding amusement rides and other family friendly attractions during the 5 day event. People will come from all around the globe, as far away as Europe and Asia to dine on fresh Maine lobster, join in the cooking contests, enjoy the live entertainment and more. The festival runs for 5 days from August 2nd through the 6th on the beautiful coast of Rockland. You can get your tickets here.

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The festival is run 100% by volunteers and in the 70 years, the event has raised over &500,000 for Midcoast Maine communities.