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BBQ and Blues Given Green Light

Plans for the Third Annual BBQ and Blues Festival received an OK from the Board of Selectmen. The event, organized by Bobby Q's owner Bob LeRose, will take place Sept. 24 to 26 in the Levitt Pavilion area.

“Now I've got to work on firming up all of our sponsors,” said LeRose. “Now the detail work starts.”

Blues Traveler will headline an opening concert on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Levitt Pavilion. Proceeds from the performance will go to support the town-operated venue.

The selectmen praised plans to use the Imperial Avenue lot for parking. In both the previous years it was used to hold more competitors and booths. Complaints about the lack of parking led to LeRose changing the event's layout. The lot between the library and pavilion will now be used for tents and displays instead.

LeRose expects alcohol will be available. Previously beer, bourbon and vodka were sold. He was uncertain if spectators could take their drinks from the pavilion to the parking lot outside, but said he doesn't expect any complications.

Gavin Anderson questioned LeRose about concerns raised by the Westport Weston Health District. Last year one vendor mishandled food and his entire stock had to be thrown out. LeRose said that was an isolated incident and all necessary handling precautions would be followed.

For the BBQ contests, LeRose said fewer professional teams will be allowed to enter this year, with a total of 10 at most. While the pros may enter by invitation only, anyone can enter in the “backyard BBQ” category, though LeRose expects about 25. They also won't be limited to just pork and beef.

“Anything that can be grilled or smoked is fair game,” said LeRose.

Ticket prices aren't set yet but LeRose expects day passes to run $10 with a $15 weekend pass. Concert details are still being ironed out.

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