Aspiring speed knitters from all over Maine can enter Maine's Fastest Knitter Race, to be held Thursday, August 2, at 3 p.m. in Rockland, during the 65th annual Lobster Festival. Over The Rainbow Yarn, also in Rockland, is sponsoring the festival's new knitting race.

"There have been informal events in local yarn shops and online forums in conjunction with the Olympics for years," says Over The Rainbow Yarn owner Mim Bird. "But we really wanted to do something more organized and actually competitive. So, since the Olympics coincide with the Lobster Festival this year, we decided to do something with a broader reach and . . . we're hoping folks will come from all over to see who's the fastest knitter in Maine."

Knitters will be placed in two knit-off groups based on their style of knitting. Continental-style knitters will race each other and then English-style knitters will race to see who knits the most stitches over three minutes. Then the fastest continental-style knitter will face the fastest English-style knitter in the final race to determine Maine's fastest knitter.

Contestants can enter the race at Over The Rainbow Yarn, 18 School Street in Rockland, or via email, at contact@overtherainbowyarn.com. Rules and requirements will be posted at www.overtherainbowyarn.com. Entries will also be accepted on race day. The winner will ride in the Lobster Festival Parade on Saturday, August 5.