Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Fourth

We had a pretty good Fourth of July up here in Maine. Our town doesn't do anything, but there was a lot of stuff going on in nearby towns. We went to Bar Harbor on Saturday to watch the parade. It was no Gladstone parade, but it was still decent. I have never seen so many people (and animals) dressed up like lobsters before. I think the Fourth of July is synonymous with lobster day here.

After the parade we headed to the ballpark where other festivities were going on, including lobster races and blueberry pie eating contests. They were both fundraisers for the YMCA and a lot of fun. Here is a video of one of the lobster races. I picked the winning lobster correctly. Too bad I didn't bet on it.

The best part of the festivities was that I could eat almost everything there! In Knoxville, the only things I could eat were popcorn and giant pretzels. Here they had groups selling sandwiches for fundraisers and they had grilled cheese, pb & jelly, and hummus sandwiches! Also, there was a lot of seafood, and since I eat seafood, that was an option. Except that it was 10x the price of a grilled cheese... Another difference between here and Knoxville, I'm pretty sure I didn't see anything that was deep fried.

Oh, they are also serious about their desserts up here, especially their pie. A local garden club was selling slices of pie as a fundraiser and they had every kind of pie you could think of. Jeremy went with a slice of blueberry pie while I got strawberry shortcake from a nearby booth.

Sunday we went back to Bar Harbor for the fireworks. We got there three hours early and still had problems finding a good spot to sit. It was crazy packed, mostly with tourists. It was a good show though, so I think it was worth the wait, especially since we got to people watch while waiting. People watching here isn't as much fun as it is in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge though. Totally different crowd up here. Way less airbrushed t-shirts and I have yet to see a Confederate flag.

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