ROCKLAND  — Maine’s largest festival celebrating the state’s signature seafood is winding down.

The gates to the 63rd annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland close at 6 p.m. today. The festival each year draws about 100,000 visitors who gobble up more than 20,000 pounds of lobster.

The festival, which kicked off Wednesday, features music, a parade, crafts shows, U.S. Coast Guard station tours, cooking contests, children’s activities and road races.

For its final day, the festival is holding the popular Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race, where competitors run across lobster crates that are floating in the water. Also on tap is a children’s codfish carry and a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea.


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