The Coronation Event is Getting An Upgrade
Historically known as the “Maine Sea Goddess Coronation,” the Maine lobster Festival is proud to be expanding its Coronation event in 2023 by opening up participation to anyone ages 16-22 who is passionate about being an advocate for Maine’s lobster industry, regardless of gender. The title of this chosen representative will be changed from the traditional Sea Goddess to Maine Lobster Festival Delegate.
This year we are accepting 25 participants who will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Leading up to the Coronation, participants will be expected to participate in events which will include a basic orientation, local volunteering and service, public speaking workshop, social media workshop, letter writing campaign in support of Maine’s lobster industry, “littles” event working with local youth, and helping to set up before the Festival opens.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. At the Delegate Banquet, July 28, 2023, participants will each have a turn to speak with judges to showcase their knowledge of Maine’s lobster industry and ideas to support the industry during the current challenges it is facing.
On the opening night of the Festival, Aug. 2, 2023, the Maine Lobster Festival Delegate will be chosen along with a runner-up and Miss/Mr. Congeniality. The winner will represent the Maine lobster industry throughout the year at various festivals and events.
Winner: $2,000 cash prize
Runner-up: $1,000 cash prize
Miss/Mr. Congeniality: $500 cash prize
All participants: $100 donation from the Maine Lobster Festival to a local charity of their choice
Age 16-22 on Aug. 1, 2023
No past or pending civil or criminal charges
Pay a $100 application fee (not due at time of applying)
Applications must be received by June 30, 2023
Left: 2022 Maine Sea Goddess Olivia Dougherty. Right: 2020/21 Maine Sea Goddess Chloe Blake.
The 1948 festival featured a parade, hot lobster cooked by several local dealers and trucked to Rockland ‘s Public Landing, a concert by the Rockland City Band on Saturday afternoon, and a coronation ball Saturday evening at the Rockland Community Building.
At this premier coronation, Ruth Roberts of Rockland was crowned as the first “Miss Maine Seafoods,” a title that would later be changed to “Maine Sea Goddess”, and changed again in 2023 to “Maine Lobster Festival Delegate.” It was in 1948 that the festival extended from one day to two and was held in July. Since then, the Maine Lobster Festival is held the first weekend in August that contains the first Saturday. The Maine Lobster Festival Delegate represents Maine and the lobster industry throughout their reign at various fairs, festivals and events.
King Neptune’s Court
Every year kids, teens, and young adults join King Neptune’s court to help him and Blackbeard greet guests and participate in events during the Festival. Fun opportunities include riding a Coast Guard ship, being on stage during the Coronation, and being on a float in the Big Parade! Costumes are available for kids and adults will need to provide their own. We welcome creativity! Contact Brian Messing at (207) 542-9585 or [email protected] with questions. Applications must be received by July 27.
Thank You to Our 2022 Coronation Sponsors
A. Lynn Salon
Ash Point Farm
Knight Marine Service
Law Office of James Brannan
Maine Coast Weddings & Special Events
Maine Lighthouse Museum
Rockland Coast Guard
Ray Haskell Ford
Haskell’s Water Treatment
Studio Soleil Photography
The Happy Kitchen LLC
The Study Hall