- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Lobster Festival is kicking into high gear in Rockland, much to the chagrin of the state’s crustaceans.

The five-day festival is Maine’s signature seafood event and it takes place in Midcoast Maine, the heart of lobster country. It began on Wednesday and runs through the weekend.

The festival dates to the post-World War II era and centers around the cooking and eating of some 20,000 pounds of lobster. The event also typically runs through about 1,700 pounds of butter.

The festival is happening as Maine’s lobster industry is setting records for the amount of critters caught every year. Maine fishermen have caught more than 120 million pounds of lobster four years in a row.

Catches of 50 to 70 million pounds were more typical during the 2000s.

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