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Annual seafood fest at Ninigret Park Aug. 3-5

August 3, 2012

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The 28th Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival will take place at Ninigret Park off Route 1A this weekend.

CHARLESTOWN - It’s back.

For the 28th consecutive year, Charlestown’s Ninigret Park will be the center of the universe, or at least the northeast corridor. This Friday, Aug. 3, marks the beginning of the 2012 Charlestown Seafood Festival.

The event will run from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Per usual, the festival will showcase one of the Ocean State’s most treasured natural resources: delicious seafood. According to the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature a “gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island’s best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar, as well as an array of all types of foods for every taste.”

The festival will also feature a large array of arts and crafts, amusement rides provided by Rockwell Amusement, rock wall climbing, a car show Sunday morning at 11, children’s shows, bungee jumping, a petting zoo, and raffles featuring prizes such as kayaks and overnight vacations.

Like your seafood with a side of Rock ‘n Roll? Well then the Seafood Festival has you covered. On Friday night Dirty Deeds will cover AC/DC classics, on Saturday Bon Jersey will do it’s best Bon Jovi impression, and Eight to the Bar will play some swing and jump blues along with a tribute to Def Leppard on Sunday.

There will be an $8 admission fee for adults, but children under 10 will be admitted free. A parking donation of $1 will also be accepted at the park.

While the event is rain or shine, the fireworks show on Saturday has a Sunday rain date. If the weather permits, the fireworks will fly Saturday night at 9 p.m.

When the festival starts on Friday afternoon, all of the rides can be ridden for a fee of $20 for the first four hours of the day.

Donations can be made at the festival to the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RI-CAN). The local food pantry serves over 25,000 people per year and is a partner of the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce.

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