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Lobsterfest set for 45th year in Westport

— Lobster and chicken are the order of the weekend, as the 45th annual Lobsterfest is set to take place Labor Day weekend at the Westport Marina and Galley Restaurant.

“We inherited having a lobster and chicken feast,” Dee Carroll of the marnia said. “It was such a fun tradition that we decided to keep it going. We have also expanded the weekend.”

The Lobsterfest starts on Friday, Sept. 2, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 4. There will be music on each night of the event, with the Blues Trio playing on Friday, Natalie Ward on Saturday and Damaged Goods on Sunday, who Carroll said always put on a good show.

“We have had Damaged Goods at past Lobsterfests and they always get the crowd going,” she said.

For the first night, Sept. 2, the Marina has joined with the Depot Theatre their production, followed by music at the Galley.

One of the newer traditions to the weekend takes place on Saturday, Sept. 3, when boaters will take to the lake, not in their real boats, but as part of the cardboard boat races.

“We supply the cardboard and the tools and the tape and they come and design their boats,” Carroll said. “Finally, at 4 p.m. we have a race off of the beach here, and we have a Titanic award for the creation that sinks first.”

Saturday will also play host to a barbecue dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. and a dance starting at 9 p.m.

There will be hotdogs, chips and soda starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, along with a boat decoration event. Other events will include “Lobster Sports,” ay 1 p.m., kayak races at 2 p.m., along with balloon artist and face painting at 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m., there will be steamed clams available, followed by the Lobsterfest dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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