LUBEC, Maine — For the second year in a row, King Neptune made an appearance at the King Neptune’s Brides Bash and Splash.

“The people are very nice and friendly,” said Sydney Leach of Camden, dressed in a toga adorned with fishnet and rope completed with a pair of muck boots.

Muck boots were the order of the day. Most of the people attending were women wearing wedding gowns with muck boots. A few dressed in other costumes with an aquatic theme.

“Some of the greatest women I know gathered there and truly enjoyed and celebrated one another and life in a small, often forgotten, fishing community,” said Wanda Corey, who organized the event with her sisters, Jolene Doran and Shelly Tinker. “What may look as silliness to many is actually a celebration of life, our community and survival really.”

For a $35 cover charge, women — and a few men in sea-related costumes — were invited to enjoy food and drink at Frank’s Dockside Restaurant on Water Street in Lubec. The money raised will benefit the Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association.

“We are an area often forgotten where the people work hard and have suffered great losses,” Corey said. “But, we continue to thrive by leaning on each other.”

Corey estimated about 50 people attended and raised about $2,000.

Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees and the sun was shining as the brides began to gather on the street in front of the restaurant. “We could not have asked for a better day,” she said.

Just before coming out, they had crowned Sue Embleton of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, queen. There was no competition — her name was simply drawn from a container by last year’s queen, Peggy Savage of Lubec.

After her name was drawn, Embleton went out on the balcony where Savage put a green sash on her. Then, she sat in a “throne” — a chair with a piece of red cloth draped over it — and was crowned by King Neptune himself while Savage and other attendees cheered.

Next, in bridal fashion, King Neptune slipped a garter up over Embleton’s muck boot to her thigh. Then it was time to toss the bouquet.

As the brides came out to the street, they gathered several yards behind Embleton for the toss. Julie Keene of Trescott caught it and danced around triumphantly with it.

Following tradition, King Neptune and the newly crowned queen then led the women on a short jaunt down Water Street.