It’s that time again, the Charlestown Seafood Festival starts Friday at noon and will run all weekend long. The festival is in its 36th year and Charlestown residents should take the opportunity to visit Ninigret Park during this time to witness how the festival acts as an economic engine and should be a model for planners moving forward.
The festival brings about 30 food vendors from around the region, adds Rockwell Entertainment to provide the midway rides and games of chance; and a full schedule of bands provides entertainment throughout the three days on two stages with every taste considered. The event is fully 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.
Where else can so many people park so easily, pay, and enter a festival, make their way through, and never feel crowded? That’s the beauty of having an asset like Ninigret Park, especially during a time like this. 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.