‘Passy Pete' the lobster predicts a longer summer

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – With just 16 days until the official end of summer, people in Belfast are hoping one lucky lobster is right.

Passy Pete predicted that there will be six more weeks of summer at a Groundhog Day style ceremony along the Belfast waterfront Monday morning.

His name is after the Passagassawakeag River that flows into the Atlantic.

Local business owners and town leaders known as "barons" head up the event, “catching” the lobster in a trap and then reading from one of two scrolls it chooses from inside.

One scroll for an early winter, the other for a longer summer.

This is the events second year and organizers hope it is a tradition that shows their town deserves to be on the map.

"This is the second year that we've done this, so this is a fairly new tradition, but this is just something fun to get people to know that Belfast is here, Belfast is still in business, and we want everyone to come to Belfast and enjoy these traditions with us and have a great time,” Michaelene Achorn, Executive Director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce said.

Passy Pete was returned to the water until next year.

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