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Music, cars and bikes to invade fairgrounds

WESTPORT-The Essex County Fairgrounds will be hosting a weekend of music and "muscle" as part of the first Classic Car Show and Motorcycle Rally starting Friday, May 13, and running through Sunday, May 15.

"My aunt Molly was talking about doing some kind of music fundraiser and we finally said, well, let's do it," said Dennie Westover of the Essex County Fair Board. "The board was interested in the idea and it took off from there. From the one idea, it then grew into the car show and bike rally."

Events kick off with the opening of the Music Festival and clam bake on Friday, May 13, from 6 until 10 p.m. Daily admission is $10 per person, with the clam bake dinner costing $3 per dozen, which will be held at Murphy's Diner, located near the grandstand on the fairgrounds.

Etown Xpress will play the opening night.

"There will be a total of seven bands throughout the weekend," Westover said.

The music will continue on Saturday, May 14, along with the classic car show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Westover said that the board has been contacted by other groups about the event, as well.

"There is a four-wheel-drive truck club that is interested in coming down since an event they previously went to was canceled," Westover said. "We told them all that they were invited to come down and join us."

The motorcycle rally will take place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, along with music from Just Us.

Proceeds from the three-day event will go toward the American Cancer Society and the Essex County Fair Building Fund.

For more information, call either 942-7564 or 962-8650.

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