Slippery situations were the order of the day at the 38th annual Fishermen’s Festival in Boothbay Harbor — lobster crate racing, cod carrying, bait shoveling and boat bailing, to name a few. It was all in the name of fun, and the participants didn’t disappoint.

Saturday’s event was a good opportunity to “get people out and mingling” after a long, cold winter, said festival co-chairwoman Brenda Blackman. It was also a chance to acknowledge the contributions of the hard-working fishing community.

While the morning was highlighted by the bait shoveling race and the cod relay — four-person teams sprinted through a waterfront parking lot, changing in and out of oversized foul-weather gear while passing along fish — the afternoon featured a meet-and-greet with Boothbay Harbor’s lobstermen and lobsterwomen.

Good times aside, that put a point on what the day was all about.

“You get to mingle with the fishermen, hear their stories,” Blackman said before the event. “We are a fishing community.”