BANGOR & LOBSTER FEST

August 1, 2019

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Yesterday was the day we had been waiting for since we packed up THE YORKIE EXPRESS a month ago… we were going to LOBSTER FEST in Rockland, Maine. First… we headed over to Bangor to see a few things that Mummy had on her “TO DO” list. As we drove into the city it didn’t take long to find the 31-foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan that stood outside the civic center. The statue weighs 3,700 pounds and that doesn’t include the double-sided ax or the lumberjack peavey. It was designed by local artist J. Norman Martin who was only paid $137 for his efforts. It is said to be the largest statue of Paul Bunyan in the WORLD.  Being that Maine is the birthplace of the lumber industry AND Paul Bunyan, it seemed only proper to erect a statue of Paul in the state of Maine… BUT, hold your horses!!!! The city of Akeley, Minnesota ALSO makes a claim on Paul Bunyan with a statue of their own, as well as a giant crib… AND they even have his GIRLFRIEND… AND his GRAVE!!! But… Paul Bunyan’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE is on display at the MAINE City Clerk’s office at City Hall and he was born on February 12, 1834. So… there you have it. MAINE seems to have the stronger claim on Paul Bunyan! ???Stephen King, the horror writer who lives in Bangor, even made mention of this statue in his 1986 novel “It.”

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And speaking of Stephen King, we drove by his house too! He is said to “not like visitors” so Mummy didn’t want to get out and impose on his privacy, so we just quickly took a few pictures as Daddy drove past. There were several people walking around in front of the iron fence that surrounds the beautiful Victorian mansion, and the gates even have BATS on top of them!!! CREEPY!!! This is said to be one of the most photographed homes in America, trailing only Elvis’s Graceland. King moved into the house in 1980 and on Halloween, he is never at home but is said to go to one of his other homes to stay for more privacy.

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Now it was time to head up to Rockland for the yearly LOBSTER FEST where during the 5-day festival they cook up 20,000 POUNDS of fresh lobster!!! As we strolled into the county fair-like setting, we made quite an impression in our lobster harnesses! We headed straight for the HUGE LOBSTER named “Rocky” where everyone stops to have their picture taken. Mummy and Daddy walked through all of the Arts & Crafts tents while checking out the food vendors that were EVERYWHERE! Mummy hadn’t seen all of this since she was a little girl going to the FAIR! Every food she had ever loved was here… and then there was the LOBSTER. Lobster fixed every way you can even imagine!!! This is what Mummy ate: Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Rangoons, Corn Dog, Pina Colada Italian Ice and a Caramel Apple. Daddy tried the Fried Dough and Mummy tasted some of that too! They gave us some bits of the coconut shrimp but NO LOBSTER because it was all mixed up with stuff Mummy said might make us sick. WHAT!?!?! We wanted LOBSTER! Mummy and Daddy were soooo stuffed that they couldn’t eat another bite, so all we got was SHRIMP… at LOBSTER FEST… which honestly, I hate to complain, but we feel ripped off! Mummy saw the look on our sad faces and said that she had a little lobster saved at the AIRSTREAM and we could have some of that when we got back, so we held onto that thought while we strolled over to the MAIN STAGE to watch the “72nd Rockland Sea Goddess” be crowned!!! There were 11 lovely young girls competing for the crown and after each one walked across the stage, the judges were able to choose a winner… Makaila Hickey. It was all very exciting! We strolled around a little more, met more people attending LOBSTER FEST, and Mummy and Daddy tried to decide if they could eat just ONE MORE THING… they could not.

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Here are a few LOBSTER FACTS that we have learned:

* Lobsters come in lots of colors… like blue-green, blue, red, yellow, red-orange and white.

* It takes a lobster almost 7 years to grow big enough to be an edible size.

* A lobster’s shell cannot grow so it has to molt  and form a new shell. It hides during this time because it is very vulnerable. They molt about once or twice a year.

* Lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old!!!

* They have a crusher claw and a pincer claw… the crusher claw is bigger. Some are right-clawed and some are left-clawed.

* They were once considered the “poor man’s chicken” and were fed to pigs and goats and were ONLY eaten by paupers!!!! OMGOSH

* A female lobster can only mate after she has molted.

* Lobsters were once so plentiful that they would wash ashore in deep piles after a storm!

* Each year almost $300 million dollars worth of lobster is harvested in the USA… now that’s a LOT OF LOBSTAH!!!

* It is a FELONY to rob another person’s lobstah pot… and you know what?

IT SHOULD BE!!! ????????

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We strolled back to our truck and drove back to our campsite, pooped out from a fun day… although LOBSTER-LESS! When our dinner was served though, Mummy was true to her word and we each DID GET a few bits of LOBSTER that she had saved in the refrigerator, so the day was SAVED! ?❤️???

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Mary Hamilton
Mary Hamilton
1 year ago

Yummy yummy in your tummy! Lobster sounds good! Bet you all were as big of a hit as Paul Bunyan! Glad you had fun! I will tell my mummy we should go next year.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Hamilton

It was a lot of fun! There were even RIDES THERE… but Mummy and Daddy didn’t ride any of those but they looked like fun!

Kristin Rulison
Kristin Rulison
1 year ago

You guys are so lucky! I love lobsta as the locals say. Maine is such a beautiful place. Happy National Yorkie’s Day to all of you!!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago

We are just loving our visit to Maine! It is lovely here and the food is wonderful. ?❤️??

Susan Calvert
Susan Calvert
1 year ago

It sounds like all of you had a wonderful day. I got full just reading about all of that food! It looks like you ladies have picked up some new fans for your growing fan club, too!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Susan Calvert

We had a fun day at the fair and today we are headed out to enjoy nature at Acadia National Park.

Charlette Koger
Charlette Koger
1 year ago

Love your story. Sounds so fun. You all must not been hot to do all this stuff from booth to booth. Love all the pictures and the Lumber Jack. Love your sunglasses hair barrettes. Have fun and safe travels.
♥️♥️♥️♥️
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millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago

Well, we were a LOT COOLER than Mummy and Daddy were because we have cooling pads AND a fan inside our stroller… so it was pretty nice for us! ???? We sell the sunglasses hairclips in our ONLINE BOUTIQUE and it will re-open in September when we return from our summer trip. You can just click on the BOUTIQUE TAB here on our site. ?❤️?

Maggie
1 year ago

I want to see pictures

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Maggie

We posted several pictures with this post… do you not see the collage?

Lynn Davis
Lynn Davis
1 year ago

Another great adventure! ❤

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Lynn Davis

We love MAINE! ?❤️???

Laurie Heikoff
Laurie Heikoff
1 year ago

Sounds like a lovely day, little Millie! So glad you had a little taste of lobster!!! ?

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Laurie Heikoff

We have another chance today to have MORE! ??????

Jeanie Drane
Jeanie Drane
1 year ago

Wowza that all sounds so great, exciting about Paul Bunyun,and eith all thst lobster oh my sounds great makes me want fresh lobster!!!!!!!sounds like u all havinf a marvalous time im so happy for u all, glad u sweet girls got ur lobster yum yum,yake care l,prayers for safety, and fun love u all??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Jeanie Drane
Jeanie Drane
1 year ago

Looks like u girls sure draw lots of attention lookingv at all, photos being taken of u all. Love it ur all beauties,enjoy ur day ????????????????????????????????

Kim Raymond
Kim Raymond
1 year ago

You will probably get your fill of lobster at the festival but it not The Eagles Nest in Bangor had the best lobster roll we had in New England. They have won awards. It’s a tiny little local place with about 6 or 8 tables. You have to go early!

Doriana Guerrera
Doriana Guerrera
1 year ago

Glad you had so much fun

Pamela Hartman
Pamela Hartman
1 year ago

Millie I would have definitely enjoyed the lobster fest and the sight seeing tour to learn about sights in history. I have been to Europe but have not traveled the USA. I am so glad everyone is enjoying your vacation trip. I love reading about it. Stay safe. Have fun.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Pamela Hartman

Thank you so much for following along with us this summer. We love reading your comments and feel like we are on a HUGE TRIP with all of our friends! ??

Mary Martin
Mary Martin
1 year ago

Sounds like a real fun day! Lobsters everywhere! I thank you for sharing all your adventures with us! I truly enjoy all the adventures!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Martin

I am so glad that you are enjoying our adventures… we love hearing from you! ??

Carol Copeland
Carol Copeland
1 year ago

Looks like you girls were a big hit! Happy you got lobster with your dinner. ?

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Carol Copeland

We had a really exciting day and FINALLY got our lobster in the end! I have to say that the shrimp WAS MIGHTY TASTY but we were craving LOBSTER, sooooo that is what we were expecting at LOBSTER FEST. Just sayin.

Debra
Debra
1 year ago

This is a dream of mine and hopefully next year! Thank you for the beautiful picture and update on your travels!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Debra

Ohhh ms Debra you will love Maine. All of the little towns are sooo adorable and the scenery is just so beautiful!

Marcia King
Marcia King
1 year ago

OH, how wonderful to hear of your travels in Maine. My mouth is watering for lobster! I grew up in New England, fell in love with Camden, with it’s old schooners at mooring or out with tourists.,just up the road from Rockland. Watching those lobster guys in their boats reminded me of the mean guys of the old west.- you don’t want to mess with them, or their pots!!! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.

Jeanine Wright
Jeanine Wright
1 year ago

Ooooooo lobster ?! Love, love ? lobster! Sounds like everyone had a wonderful day! ??????????????

Martha Esposito
Martha Esposito
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing these pictures and you stories of your travels.

Elaine Cardell
Elaine Cardell
1 year ago

My goodness Millie that was a wonderful time. Sounds like Mama must have had enough for a couple of days…..but they were probably small bites. They need to bring back pauper status for lobster eating….maybe then I could get some. It is delicious. You girls had some admirers yourself at the festival, and I know you wowed them with your southern charm. Have a great evening girls and thanks for taking us on the trip.

Carole Barrette
Carole Barrette
1 year ago

I would have been a happy pauper back in those days!!! Bring the Lobster over…and lots of melted butter and lemon!!!!

Deborah Bright
Deborah Bright
1 year ago

Thanks for the photos. I wish I had some of that Maine Lobster in my tummy Millie. Maine is so beautiful too

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Deborah Bright

I hope that we get MORE LOBSTER!!! ??????

Susan Thomas
Susan Thomas
1 year ago

that is one huge lobster you are posing with! LOL Stephen King? ohhhhhhhh I don’t think I’d want to actually meet him his books and movies are sooooooooo scary…. but I forgot that your Mummy LOVES scary movies!!!!!! I love fairs like that we have some here…… a harvest festival downtown and in October it’s the National Apple Harvest festival in Arendtsville, PA it’s a huge festival! Aug. 17th is a PEACH festival but I’m not going to get to go I have another event the same day! I love peaches! I’m sure no one in Maine has ever seen… Read more »

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Susan Thomas

Ohhhh Daddy LOVES PEACHES so he will be sorry to miss that festival! Maybe one year we can try to come to that one. ?❤️?????

Shannon Henderson
Shannon Henderson
1 year ago

Oh Millie sounds like y’all had a great time. Also mummy and daddy had full bellies. I love reading about all the places and things y’all have seen.
Glad mummy gave you a little bit lobster when you got back to camper to eat.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago

Mummy said we will get a little more lobster with our dinner tonight too… because we have been so good today! ?❤️???

Cathy Merrill
Cathy Merrill
1 year ago

Rockland is about 20 min. from our family vacation home. We love it in ME

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Cathy Merrill

It is soooo beautiful here!!!! We are just in LOVE with all of MAINE! ?❤️?????

Kay Ankeny
Kay Ankeny
1 year ago

Sounds like a great day. Glad you got some lobster with your dinner. Enjoying following you adventures. Hugs ❤️❤️❤️❤️

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Kay Ankeny

Thank you ms Kay… we sure do love hearing from you. ??

Angela Cuozzo
Angela Cuozzo
1 year ago

Looks like you guys are having a blast! Love that you are sharing everything with us! ❤️??

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Angela Cuozzo

Thank you for following along with us… we sure have enjoyed reading your comments??

Babbalu B’Lo
Babbalu B’Lo
1 year ago

Your mummy is true to her word! Good for you all!!?????

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Babbalu B’Lo

We stopped for dinner at a restaurant in Acadia National Park tonight and got MORE LOBSTER… so things are looking up! ☝️

Becky Lansing
Becky Lansing
1 year ago

Lobster harnesses!!!! OMG, does your mummy ever miss a beat?
Coupled with those sunglasses hair bows, you girls are “off the chart”. ❤️❤️❤️❤️?

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Becky Lansing

??? We were pretty popular in these harnesses! I think Mummy could have sold some if she had brought any extra! ??

Brenda Byron
Brenda Byron
1 year ago

Oh, I love all your posts!!! It feels like I’m traveling right along with you. 🙂 I love Maine and LOBSTER! Hope you get to Boothbay Harbor. It’s so quaint and beautiful. Love your little outfits.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda Byron

Thank you for traveling along with us! We didn’t make it to Booth Bay today but we will try again another day. We saw lots of pretty scenery though. ?❤️???

Faye Lawrence
Faye Lawrence
1 year ago

HAPPY YORKIE DAY!!! LOOKS LIKE IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY YUMMY ONE. THE FOOD IN MAINE LOBSTAA YUM YUM.S
I LOVE THAT YOU ARE WEARING THOSE ADORABLE LOBSTER HARNESS AND THE RED SUNGLASSES.
YOU ARE SO SWEET SENDING BUTTERFLY KISSES,

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Faye Lawrence

Thank you ms Faye ?❤️? It was a super fun day at the fair… FOR SURE!

Joan Marie Schneller

Millie thanks for sharing your day lots of fun and the pictures .

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago

You are very welcome. I am glad you have come along with us this summer! ??

Linda Hasha
Linda Hasha
1 year ago

What a fun trip and beautiful girls. Thanks for taking us along!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda Hasha

We are so happy that you are with us. ?❤️?

Judy Alter
Judy Alter
1 year ago

Mummy would be a great tour guide. I love lobster. It sounds like all of you had an awesome day.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy Alter

We did have a very fun day. And guess what? Mummy has actually planned several trips for her and her friends in the past! Lolololol

Ina Rohde
Ina Rohde
1 year ago

Loved reading all the lobster information and yes, I agree, Maine’s lobster is hard to beat and taste even better when you are eating it in Maine. You girls look adorable.

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Ina Rohde

I wonder if lobster will EVER taste the same again!!!! ???

Josephine Oliver
Josephine Oliver
1 year ago

Looks like a fun day in Maine, wow lots of lobsters ?Kiss Kiss. ?

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago

You have NEVER SEEN so many lobsters IN YOUR LIFE!!! EVERYWHERE!!!! I am not kidding! The air smelled like lobsters!!! ????

Jill Stroh
Jill Stroh
1 year ago

Oh Millie! What a DAY you all had! I like Stephen King’s writing, even though he sometimes scares the wits out of me. He does love his privacy, though, so your Mummy and Daddy were smart to just drive by slowly and take a few quick photos. I love your description of “this is what Mummy ate…” SO cute! I would have tried all of those things too–they all sounded so delish! It was nice of her to save some nice, fresh lobster bites for each of you to enjoy with your dinner back in the Airstream. She knew you… Read more »

Shirley Skulimowski
1 year ago

Love lobster and all the facts I didn’t know but now do! Thank you!

Linda Robbins
1 year ago

Millie, I would like to thank you so much for taking us all alone again this year on your Fantastic Adventure his year. I have had so much fun following along with you all. You are in such a nice place . But, don’t eat to much of that Lobster stuff. I’m not a Lobster fan because it is a little to rich for me…………. Also tell your Mommy that I have a bit of info for her on Paul Bunyan too. There are two places in Minnesota where you can see Statures of Paul……One is in Brainard and the… Read more »

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda Robbins

Wow!!!! That is very interesting about Paul Bunyan and Babe!!! Now we really do need to go see those too! Thank you for telling me about them. ??

Dawn Dupuis
Dawn Dupuis
1 year ago

It sure sounds like your mummy and daddy had a wonderful time! Oh yummy , all that wonderful food is making me hungry 🙂 . I’m glad that you and your sweet sisters had a Lobster snack too Millie!

millie larue
millie larue
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawn Dupuis

We have been getting a small taste of lobster almost every day. I wonder what we will do after we leave Maine and there is NO MORE LOBSTER coming our way! ???

Wendy Scoggins
Wendy Scoggins
11 months ago

20000 pounds! Goodness gracious! That’s a lot of lobster! Sounds like you had such a good time!

millie larue
millie larue
11 months ago
Reply to  Wendy Scoggins

We had a great time! There was LOBSTER EVERYWHERE!!! The whole fair smelled like LOBSTER! ??????

Makaila Hickey
Makaila Hickey
10 months ago

Love this!! so glad you enjoyed the festival!

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