Whether or not you believe it, summertime is right around the corner and in Maine, that means outdoor food fests, concerts, and festivals.

I don't know about you, but when I go to a festival, concert, food event, or any other event, for that matter, I'm there to enjoy the ambiance and embrace the experience that they offer.

What I don't enjoy is someone who is running for a political office, shoving, or placing, a campaign handbill or flyer on my table as they commence to tell me how great they are or how I need to vote for the candidate they are promoting.

If I'm at a lobster fest, I'm there to eat lobster, not digest the political views of a well-meaning candidate.


Speaking of lobster fests, it was recently reported that the Maine Lobster Festival is banning all politicians and political organizations from being in the parade when the event takes place in Rockland, Maine.

Those on the festival board took a vote and made the decision that politicians, nor political organization, will not be welcome in their upcoming parade.

Part of the reason is that the Maine Lobster Festival is a non-partisan, secular, and private event that really wants to embrace the love of Maine's culture and community.

According to Board President, Cynthia Powell, there are more than 65 parades nationally that prohibit political candidates and organizations.

How about you? Would you rather just enjoy an event or festival that you attend with friends and family without the political presence or does it not matter to you?

Please take our quick poll and tell us what you think about it. 

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