CHARLESTOWN - During the weekend of Friday, Aug. 5, Ninigret Park will be flooded with tens of thousands of people experiencing all types of summer fun. From kids riding carnival rides to adults enjoying 80’s-rock tribute bands, all ages of people will be indulging in all variety of entertainment. Not to mention all the local seafood one could possibly eat.
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Seafood Festival for the 27th consecutive year. This year, the festival will have some exciting additions and new attractions, but will offer the same appeal that annual patrons have come to admire. Included in the festival’s allure will be the same lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips and clam cakes that many would categorize as the world’s finest.
According to Heather Paliotta, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival will feature hot air balloon rides and a petting zoo, new additions that will make children who don’t love seafood a little more happy to be there. There also will be a new company providing the carnival rides this year, Rockwell Amusements, the same company that services the famed Washington County Fair.
Paliotta also said that the musical theme this year would be 80’s style “hair-band” rock. Last year, Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band, played at the festival and will return this year. They will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The new-comers to this summer’s festival will be Saturday night’s headliner, Klassik Kiss, a tribute to the band Kiss, and Bon Jersey, a Bon Jovi tribute band who will take the stage on Sunday, the final night of the festival.
“Dirty Deeds was great last year,” said an excited Paliotti, “but I am really excited to see Bon Jersey play this year.”
If rock music dated over a quarter century is not your thing, there will be plenty of other performers at the festival that could strike a chord with anyone. There will be magic shows on the children stage as well as a comedic juggling performance presented by the Airborne Jugglers. There will even be a workshop if you would like to learn how to juggle or test your skills at balloon twisting.
Other musical performances will include Cuzin’ Eddy, Tim Charron and the Ragged Impresarios, The Brian Scott Band, Eight to the Bar, Top Priority and “Music of the Andes” by Yarina performed all day Saturday and Sunday on the Midway Stage.
On top of all that, the seafood festival will offer a variety of arts and crafts, a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, a car show and a lucrative raffle with prizes like kayaks and a giant lobster.
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