ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — It's one of Maine's oldest summer celebrations, and this year it's turning 70.
Final setup for the Maine Lobster Festival was at the "controlled chaos" stage Tuesday, according to Festival President Cynthia Powell.
While a Coast Guard crew helped get the stage ready for Wednesday's Maine Sea Goddess pageant, vendors and volunteers were setting up food booths, carnival games and, of course, the giant lobster cooker.
Powell said the festival is about tradition for the hometown audience, and that will be marked at Saturday's parade. They have 70 former Sea Goddesses and princesses planning to march.
For everyone, the big attraction is the lobster, and Powell said they are hoping to set a new record of more than 21,000 pounds cooked and served.
The festival opens at noon on Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Organizers say that in honor of the 70th anniversary, Wednesday will feature $1 admission. They say people could eat all day for a dollar back in 1947, when the festival began."
The complete Lobster Festival schedule and events can be found here.