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Winter Harbor Lobster Festival 2014

If you love Downeast Maine and lobster, you will be in luck in early August...

...when the quaint fishing village of Winter Harbor, Maine hosts its 50th Annual Maine Lobster Festival (not to be confused with the also popular, Rockland Maine Lobster Festival).

When is the Maine Lobster Festival 2014? This year's Winter Harbor Lobster Festival will be held on Saturday, August 9th - beginning at 6:00 AM, with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast.

Where is the festival located? At various venues in Winter Harbor, Maine - on the western side of the Gouldsboro Peninsula in Downeast Maine.

When is the festival in 2015 and 2016? The Maine Lobster Festival in Winter Harbor is a one day lobster event, held each year on the second Saturday of August. So...

...the date for the Maine Lobster Festival 2015 will be August 8th, and the Maine Lobster Festival 2016 should be on August 13th (according to my calculations, but please, verify for yourself at:

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Why go to the festival? For the lobster, of course. But in addition...

...the 2014 Winter Harbor Lobster Festival will feature the Annual George Schaefer Memorial Road Race, a craft fair with dozens of exhibitors...

...the spectacular Maine Lobster Boat Races...

...a Maine lobster fest dinner served from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with Maine lobster, corn on the cob, desert and drinks, along with sandwiches, french fries, cotton candy, kettle corn, nachos and sno-cones, all culminating with the Main Street parade at 5:00 PM.

How do you get there? Winter Harbor, Maine is located on Gouldsboro Peninsula, just east of Bar Harbor, in a region referred to as "Downeast Maine". If planning to travel there from points south...

...a quick look at a detailed map of Maine might suggest that Coastal Route 1 is the most efficient way to reach the village of Winter Harbor. However, that is not always the case - especially during the height of the Maine tourist season when Route 1 traffic can be very heavy. My suggestion (and many Mainers' agree)...

...take I-95 to Bangor, where you can pick up Route 1A East to Ellsworth. Then take Route 1 North until reaching 186 East, which will take you directly into Winter Harbor. Bangor, Maine to Winter Harbor is just a bit over 50 miles.

Additional information about the 2014 Winter Harbor Lobster Festival can be found on the Maine Lobster Festival page of the Schoodic Chamber of Commerce website:

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Sitting in an idyllic location on the Schoodic Scenic Byway, Winter Harbor, Maine has much to offer its visitors. Just to the south of it is Schoodic Peninsula...

....the only portion of Acadia National Park that is on Maine's mainland. To the east is picturesque Prospect Harbor -serviced during the summer months by the Island Explorer, and to the west...

...across Frenchmans Bay sits the town of Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park, with tens of thousands of wildlife acres to explore.

You are likely to find many Winter Harbor accommodations filled during the peak Maine tourist season. If you are planning to attend the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival in August, I suggest making reservations well in advance.

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