By Ramona du Houx
Labor Day has been known to mark the end of the summer and the start of the fall season. But this Labor Day, Belfast, Maine attempted to change that tradition with Passy Pete—the lobster bell-weather predictor of summer. The lobster decided there would be six more weeks of summer. The Belfast Barons, of city officials, caught Pete in the Penobscot Bay, placed two scrolls in front of him, and he chose which one would be read to the crowd.
The community made their way down to the waterfront, waved signs and cheered Pete on. Of course the scroll that Pete's claws picked was the one most everyone hoped for.
"For Pete knows the ways of happy tourists, that plowmen will think it's a bummer, but there will be six more weeks of summer," read co-founder Dave Crabiel. "We now have six more weeks of summer in Belfast. That's fantastic."
How did a lobster become a predictor of the weather instead of dinner?
"Local business owners lament the fact that summer is just about over, so we were thinking, 'Boy, it would be nice if we had an anti-groundhog, somebody who predicts six more weeks of summer,” said Crabiel.
Hence a new tradition has been born in Belfast, Maine.