On Labor Day, according to Maine tradition, Passy Pete the Lobster emerges from his cove in the Passagassawakeag River and predicts whether or not summer will last. Because, apparently, lobster is to Maine as groundhog is to Pennsylvania.
This year, as he has for the past three years, Pete predicted six more weeks of summer.
Every year, a select group of “barons” scoop Pete out of the river in Belfast, Maine and place him between two scrolls, one for summer and one for winter. This year, Pete opened his claws on the summer scroll and the masters of ceremony predicted a long-running summer.
“We had no intentions of starting a tradition,” David Brassbridge — who came up with the idea with his business partner, David Crabiel — told local news channel WLBZ 2, “because the best things happen by accident."
This year, a tourist showed up and asked to take his picture with the forecasting crustacean. The town hopes to continue the tradition next year and carry the summer season well past Labor Day.