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Jason Magee, of Perryville, son of the owner of Linda's Lobsters in Charlestown, carries a steaming basket of lobsters at the 2012 Charlestown Seafood Festival. | (Grace White / The Westerly Sun)
The Charlestown Seafood Festival, seen last year from atop the ferris wheel, will open Friday at noon. | (Grace White / The Westerly Sun)

Charlestown Seafood Festival opens Friday

CHARLESTOWN — The 29th annual Charlestown Chamber of Commerce annual Seafood Festival opens on Friday, Aug. 2, at noon and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This year’s festival will include a fireworks display on Saturday at 9 p.m. In case of rain, the fireworks will be moved to Sunday at 9 p.m. The festival, billed as a “grastronomic extravaganza of the state’s best seafood,” offers lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, raw bar and clam cakes. There will also be a variety of other types of food.

Activities will include a display of arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock wall climbing, a car show, bungee jumping, a petting zoo, shows for children, kayaking and raffles.

The musical entertainment includes Never Enuff performing on Friday at 7 p.m.; Draw the Line, an Aerosmith Tribute Band, on Friday from 8 to 11:30 p.m.; Equinox Band on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.; followed by the Beach Band, Reminisants and Dirty Deeds on Saturday at 8 p.m.; Eight to the Bar on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; All Heart on Sunday at 4 p.m. and The Great Escape on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Rides and amusements, including a Ferris wheel, will be provided by Rockwell Amusements.

For the second year, a limited number of Seafood Festival stickers will be sold by the chamber.

The Seafood Festival is a member of the American Seafood Institute and the Rhode Island Seafood Council. The festival was voted one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Tour Bus Association in 2008.

The Seafood Festival is a no-pet event.

Admission to the festival is $8 for adults, and free for children 10 and under. There is a $1 donation charged for parking.

On Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. festival-goers can ride all the amusements for $20.

Recreational vehicle camping is available at the festival for self-contained units. No hook-ups are available. The $100 fee includes three days of camping and entrance to the event. For more information, call the hotline at 401-364-4031, contact the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce at 401-364-3878 or email

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