YORK, Maine — Maine Turnpike Authority mascots thanked travelers Monday as they made their way out of the state.

Miles the Maine Turnpike Moose and Clawdette the Native Maine Lobster tried their best to lighten the mood for people stuck in traffic at the York Toll Plaza. They handed out Farmers’ Almanacs to show tourists appreciation.

Maine Turnpike Authority Public Relations Coordinator Erin Courtney dressed up as Clawdette.

“This is kind of the unofficial end of summer, so we like to say goodbye and thank them for coming,” Courtney said. “On the Farmers’ Almanac we say thank you for visiting and hope to see you next year.”

Maine Turnpike workers said they waited until traffic was already backed up before greeting people in order to make sure they didn’t create any additional delays.