Eastport’s Pirate Festival is adding a new feature this year: an international lobster boat race.

While not a part of the sanctioned lobster boat race circuit, the Pirate Festival race offers a grand prize of $1,000 – and bragging rights, of course.

The Eastport Pirate Festival runs Sept. 10 to 12 with the race taking place on Sept. 12.

Working boats and pleasure boats from Maine, New Brunswick, Canada and other off-shore islands are eligible to enter the race, which will have about 12 racing categories. There is a $20 entry fee.

For more information or to register, call 853-4343 or go to the Eastport Pirate Festival website.

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