ROCKLAND — All four officers leading the way for the 2020 Maine Lobster Festival bring previous Festival experience to the table.
President: Celia Knight has been involved with the Maine Lobster Festival her whole life, learning all about it from her mother, Alice, who was a director of the Festival for over 50 years. Celia is part of the third generation of her family who have actively volunteered at the Festival. She has helped out in many areas of the Festival over the years, and she currently is the chair of the Marine Tent and Seafood Cooking Contest. She also assists with all children’s contests and the Great International Crate Race. Knight is the president of Knight Marine Service in Rockland. This will be her second term as president.
Vice President: Peter Beal is returning for his second term as Maine Lobster Festival vice president and grounds chief. He lives in Rockport with his wife, Avi Good. Beal is self-employed as a marine fiberglass specialist and helps run his family business, the Michael Good Gallery in Rockport.
Treasurer: Daniel Flaherty resides in Warren with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Kaia and Aria. Flaherty is a senior manager onsite adviser with Athena Health, where he has spent the last 11 years working in health care. Living in Rockland as a child, volunteering and attending Maine Lobster Festival was a yearly event for his family. Flaherty joined the board of directors five years ago and assisted the treasurer and other areas to learn more about the organization. This will be his second term as treasurer.
Secretary: Laurie Smith grew up in Owls Head and now lives in Rockland. She has been a volunteer at the Maine Lobster Festival for more than 15 years. Smith was elected a director in 2006 and previously served as secretary from 2012 to 2015. She has also helped with volunteer scheduling and coordinating Steins & Vines.
About the Maine Lobster Festival
Five days of fun and feasting on the coast of Maine. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to Maine’s Midcoast region and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community. The 2020 Maine Lobster Festival will be held July 29 - Aug. 2, 2020 at Harbor Park, in Rockland.