- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s annual celebration of its most beloved crustacean is ready to take over the waterfront of one of its oldest lobstering communities for most of the week.

The five day Maine Lobster Festival begins on Wednesday in the Rockland, located in Maine’s Midcoast region.

The festival is based around fresh lobster dinners, and also includes carnival rides and artists. One of this year’s headliners is Smash Mouth.

The Maine Lobster Festival originally started as a one-day all-you-can-eat lobster festival in 1947. Admission was one dollar.

The festival was the focus of a 2004 article in Gourmet magazine by David Foster Wallace. The article examined the ethics involved with boiling lobsters alive and later became the title essay of Wallace’s book “Consider The Lobster.”

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