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Maine Lobster Festival Starts Wednesday 

Over the past three weeks, the waterfront along Rockland harbor has been slowly transforming. Now, the tents are up and the stage is set. The Maine Lobster Festival starts Wednesday, bringing with it five days of entertainment. “All our adrenaline’s going,” says festival president Tammy Kolmosky. She says, on center stage…”Of course, the delectable Maine lobster. And we’ve got the world’s greatest lobster cooker at the other side of the park.”New to the festival last year, the cooker can handle 16 hundred pounds of lobster every 15 minutes, keeping head chef Garold Demmons pretty busy.”It’s a pretty hard job actually. You’ve got to get the lobsters in and out quickly and down to the food tent,” he says. Demmons hopes to cook up more than 20-thousand pounds of lobster this year, for more than 60-thousand people.”So that’s a show, in and of itself. A must-see,” Kolmosky says.For entertainment, Thursday night will bring country music star Eric Church.”And Friday night, we have I think one of the best artists in North America. Her name is Natalie MacMaster. She’s a fiddler from Cape Breton,” says entertainment coordinator Chuck Kruger.”I think people are anxious to get out and do something because the weather the last few months it hasn’t been that great in Maine,” Kolmosky says.Maine artisans say they’re looking forward to a crowd in the fine arts and crafts tents too, since weather has kept many people home this festival season.”The summer tourist season is a big portion of their income, so when you have lots of rain and a slow season, it hurts,” says Robert Santerre, a Maine potter who was setting up his booth Tuesday.”Where else,” Kruger says, “can you get this beautiful view of the harbor and eat lobster and hear great music and have a good time?”You can see a full schedule of festival events here.The festival is free to the public on Wednesday. Thursday through Sunday admission is eight dollars.