Léa Peterson is the 2017 Featured Artist

We are pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year Léa Peterson will be the Clam Festival’s featured artist!

These beautiful posters will be for sale during the festival and will soon be available for purchase on our online store.

Learn more about Léa at her website.


Clammers work year-round to harvest the flats, even in Maine. This past winter, I trekked out into Sagadahoc Bay with Chad Campbell from Georgetown, who supports his family primarily by clamming. I was struck by this colorful view of Chad rinsing his harvest before hauling the day’s catch away in his cart. His reflections in the pools and eddies lent even more drama to his image and inspired a portfolio of 8 new clammer paintings in 2017.

Léa Peterson
“Rinse Cycle”

Yarmouth Clam Festival 2017 Poster by Lea Peterson

2017 Craft Show Application Now Available

Clam Festival Craft Show 2015

The 2017 Clam Festival Craft Show application is now available for download below and on the Applications page. This year’s show will feature over 140 crafters and artisans displaying some of our best local crafters in addition to those that come from away to make this one of the best shows of the summer.  If you’d like to participate the deadline for entries is March 3rd.

Download the Application

2016 Clam Festival Road Closures

Wednesday & Thursday (July 13 & 14)


  • 6:00pm-10:30pm (School Street)

Friday (July 15)


  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Main, West Elm, Portland, & McCarthy Street)
  • 12:00pm – 11:30pm (School Street)

Saturday (July 16)


  • 6:30am-11:30pm – CLOSED


  • 6:30am – 9:00am (Main, East Elm, & Bridge Street)


  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Main between York and School Street)


  • 8:30pm-9:45pm (Main between York & School Street)

Sunday (July 17)


  • 6:30am-12:30pm – CLOSED


  • 8:30am – 1:00pm (Main Street is closed; No traffic is allowed down East Elm Street from Main Street. The rest of the race course is limited to direction of travel of race)

Lea Peterson is the Featured Artist for 2016 Clam Festival

We are pleased to announce that the featured artist for the 2016 Yarmouth Clam Festival is Léa Peterson!

These beautiful posters will be for sale during the festival and will soon be available for purchase on our online store.

Learn more about Léa at her website.


When the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce asked me to do the artwork to help promote the 2016 Clam Festival, I decided the only way to convey the drama of shellfish harvesting was to don rubber boots and follow clammers out into the mudflats. Chris Warner, who has been involved in developing Maine’s first commercial soft-shell farm off the coast of Georgetown, was a willing model and gave me important practical pointers, such as how to break the suction so I didn’t walk out of my boots and take a mud bath. Once I got the hang of moving around in the flats, I was able to take great photos to use as resources in my painting. I went out on a sunny fall day and found that the reflections in the pools and eddies were as interesting to me as Chris’ gestures as he worked. The resulting painting, called “Wild Harvest”, is the first in a new series of paintings inspired by clammers and the environment they not only harvest but protect.

Léa Peterson
“Wild Harvest”

2016 Clam Festival Poster