WESTPORT Pirate costumes will be the height of fashion next weekend on Lake Champlain.
The 41st Annual Lobsterfest will take place over Labor Day weekend at the Westport Marina. The event marks the end of the summer season.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, Aug. 31, with the band Lucid, performing eclectic jams and original pieces at the galley at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the cardboard boat race will take place. At 1 p.m. the marina supplies cardboard, packing tape, markers, box cutters, and a few straight edges for scoring the cardboard. Boat designer/builders need to make enough room for two people to race in their boats at 4 p.m. start time. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age categories, including intergenerational.
From 6-8:30 p.m. a barbecue dinner prepared by Chefs Larry and Bob will be served up; there will also be a full cash bar. After the last Saturday barbecue of the season, Mr. Charlies Blues for Breakfast will play at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3, is Lobsterfest Day, featuring a full day of fun. This year, the theme for Lobsterfest Day is pirates.
Pirates come in all ages. Usually people dress in costumes for a parade during the dance, but pirates are welcome all day. There will be two treasure hunt maps to follow to find buried lucre, said marina owner Dee Carroll.
From 12 noon-2 p.m. lunch will be served. At 1 p.m. a kayak race for all ages will take place. Kayaks and personal flotation devices will be supplied. At 2 p.m. an inflatable boat race is scheduled, and at 3 p.m. a balloon artist and free face painting will be offered.
The Lobsterfest is a relaxing day for families and friends, the young and the world-wise, with an assortment of activities either for participation or cheering on friends in the kayak or inflatable boat races, said Carroll.