Sean Dolan (left) and Steve Brochu unload a fresh batch of steamed lobsters while gawkers look on at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland in this July 30, 2014, file photo.

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The 2020 Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will miss seeing our tens of thousands of guests, our thousand plus volunteers, our artists, vendors and business partners, and all of our local neighbors,” Maine Lobster Festival officials said in a Facebook post.

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Despite the lack of a 2020 event, Maine Lobster Festival officials say they plan on continuing their college scholarship program to help support local students in their pursuit of higher education.

“We have not made this decision lightly and are deeply disappointed. Yet we know it is the right decision to keep everyone safe and healthy,” Maine Lobster Festival officials said.

Maine Lobster Festival officials say they are confident that we will be able to greet everyone safely Aug. 4-8, 2021.

“We look forward to celebrating with you next year,” they said.