It’s that time again, the Charlestown Seafood Festival starts Friday, August 5, at noon and will run all weekend long. The festival is in its 37th year and everyone, including Charlestown residents, should hustle down to Ninigret Park to witness how the festival is a summertime attraction and economic engine for the community.
The festival brings approximately 30 vendors from around the region, with gastronomic offerings for all tastes. It also adds midway rides and games of chance; and a full schedule of bands to provide entertainment throughout the three days on two stages. The event is family-friendly including a “Kid Zone,” with a bounce house, clowns, jugglers, face-painting, balloon-twisting and more; fireworks scheduled for Saturday night at 9 pm (Sunday rain date); and a full arts and crafts marketplace where local artisans can display their wares.
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce does a great job of pulling this event together and handles the beer and wine sales in separate tents. The years long success of the event is mostly because of the hard work of the chamber, the ever-changing variety of the food and musical talents, but also the spectacular venue that is Ninigret Park. And don’t miss out on the spectacular sand sculptures this year.
This is why residents should discuss future plans for the park. Putting off planning, is a plan in itself. True leaders articulate a clear plan moving forward. Now seems like a good time for new leaders with a clear vision to step forward.