Westport to host Lobster Festival this weekend

WESTPORT - It's more than 40 years old and it's still one of the region's best end-of-the-summer bashes. The 43rd annual Westport Marina Lobster Festival will be held rain or shine, Sept. 4-6, at the Westport Marina on Lake Champlain. Bringing together boaters and land-lubbers, the three-day festival features music, races, barbeque and, of course, lobster.

The festival kicks off Friday, by inviting guests to see Smokey Joe's Caf , with music by Leiber and Stoller, featuring classic rock and roll songs, at the Depot Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday's activities include a make-it-yourself cardboard boat, paddled by one or two persons in the 4 p.m. race followed by a baby-back rib or steak barbeque dinner at 6 p.m., with dancing to The Riddlers at 9 p.m.

Sunday is "Lobsterfest" day. Activities include kayak races, as well as balloon art and face painting, all leading up to the long-awaited feast. Steamed clams are served at 4 p.m., with the lobster and BBQ-chicken dinners served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Locally grown corn-on-the cob, basil tomatoes, homemade coleslaw - a lobsterfest tradition - and dessert round out the menu. After dinner, from 8 p.m to midnight, Damaged Goods, a classic rock and roll band, play for dancing with a break for the costume parade, celebrating "400 years in the Champlain Valley," at 9 p.m.

Advance reservations are required for Sunday's lobsterfest dinner. Walk-in's will be accepted only if there's extra food. Prices vary according to menu items selected. For more information about the 43rd annual Westport Marina Lobster Festival, visit www.westportmarina.com.

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