Yarmouth townies may breathe a sigh of relief now that the Yarmouth Clam Festival – with its crowd of thousands, crawling traffic and mountains of clams to shuck – is behind them.

But those who came will savor many memories of this unofficial pinnacle of the summer festival season.

Who could forget the stalwart firefighters facing off in their muster competition?

Or locals going for the gold in the clam-shucking contest?

Or the giddy laughter and excitement of watching the shuckers under a big tent on a classic Maine summer day?

Or the parade, the games, the rides, the food, the clams?

More than 100,000 people were expected to attend the three-day event and consume 6,000 pounds of clams, 13,500 lime rickeys, 6,000 lobster rolls and 2,200 pancake breakfasts, along with many other treats.

The 52nd annual clam festival is over. But it leaves a very pleasant taste.