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Thinking about going to this year's Maine Lobster Festival? Here's a look at what you can expect when attending the ultimate crustacean celebration.

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Thinking about going to the 2016 Maine lobster festival? Find out what you can expect by viewing this slide show of images of the Pine Tree State’s most popular crustacean celebration.

Arguably one of the state’s best food fests, the Maine Lobster Festival is a spectacle not to be missed. This five-day celebration — held in Harbor Park  in Rockland, Maine— includes a big parade, sea goddess coronation, a lobster-crate race,all the fresh-cooked lobster you could possibly eat, cooking contests, souvenirs, carnival rides, crafts, and live entertainment.

This year’s festival runs from August 3 – August 7, 2016.

It's important to wrap your fish.

It's important to wrap your fish.

But a little rain wasn't going to deter the marchers.

But a little rain wasn't going to deter the marchers.

And the parade continued.

And the parade continued.

They were real troopers, even in the deluge.

They were real troopers, even in the deluge.

You'll find lobster in many forms at the Rockland Lobster Festival.

You'll find lobster in many forms at the Rockland Lobster Festival.

Melissa Philbrook, the 2013 Maine Sea Goddess, with her attendants.

Melissa Philbrook, the 2013 Maine Sea Goddess, with her attendants.

And so the rain eased.

And so the rain eased.

All kinds of characters took part in the parade.

All kinds of characters took part in the parade.

Pig in lobster garb.

Pig in lobster garb.

Parade watchers covered up and stayed in their seats.

Parade watchers covered up and stayed in their seats.

...then packed for travel.

...then packed for travel.

Plenty of old cars.

Plenty of old cars.

Storm Bowen the 2013 Miss Maine U.S. International was in attendance.

Storm Bowen the 2013 Miss Maine U.S. International was in attendance.

McGruff mingled with the youngest visitors.

McGruff mingled with the youngest visitors.

"The Band" Marching Unit came up from Maryland to take part in the festivities.

"The Band" Marching Unit came up from Maryland to take part in the festivities.

Lobster treats for salty dogs.

Lobster treats for salty dogs.

Fresh Maine lobster rolls were on the menu.

Fresh Maine lobster rolls were on the menu.

lobster rolls

An assembly line worked to produce enough lobster rolls to satisfy the hungry crowd.

Restaurants were serving up all types of lobster.

Restaurants were serving up all types of lobster.

You can also pick up lobster-themed souvenirs.

You can also pick up lobster-themed souvenirs.

Lobster costumes aplenty.

Lobster costumes aplenty.

Local businesses embrace Rockland's annual lobster festival.

Local businesses embrace Rockland's annual lobster festival.

And lots of lobster-themed floats.

And lots of lobster-themed floats.

And lobster salad.

And lobster salad.

It wouldn't be a real Maine parade without lobster boats.

It wouldn't be a real Maine parade without lobster boats.

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The giant lobster signifies the end of the parade.

The giant lobster signifies the end of the parade.

Singers to entertain the crowd.

Singers to entertain the crowd.

With the crazy cops in hot pursuit.

With the crazy cops in hot pursuit.

The Rockland Lobster Festival is the perfect place to make new friends.

The Rockland Lobster Festival is the perfect place to make new friends.

And then the rain came down, soaking the parade participants.

And then the rain came down, soaking the parade participants.

And David Cassidy entertained was there to entertain the crowd on Saturday night.

And David Cassidy entertained was there to entertain the crowd on Saturday night.

The Crushstation!

The Crushstation!

After the parade, the crowd moved on to Harbor Park to indulge in lobster.

After the parade, the crowd moved on to Harbor Park to indulge in lobster.

A jailbreak to entertain the guests.

A jailbreak to entertain the guests.

Freshly cooked lobsters were put on ice...

Freshly cooked lobsters were put on ice...

There are rides and games for the kiddies.

There are rides and games for the kiddies.

Residents set up their chairs well in advance of the parade.

Residents set up their chairs well in advance of the parade.

All photos/art by Brenda Darroch

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