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Blues and Views Fest Rocks Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Soulful tunes and the smell of barbecue filled the air Saturday at the fourth annual Blues, Views and BBQ festival in Westport.

Despite the gray clouds that hovered above, hundreds of people roamed the festival, which spanned the back parking lot of the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion and the Imperial Avenue parking lot.

"I think the threat of rain kept some people away, but this is still a great turnout," said Bob LeRose, president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, which, along with the Levitt Pavilion, organizes the event. "We're more than happy."

Both children and adults enjoyed a variety of food and activities. On the Levitt Pavilion, people gathered to dance and listen to live music. At the Imperial Avenue lot, teams of backyard chefs were busy grilling during the Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned "Cookin' for a Cause" amateur cook-off to benefit the Westport Woman's Club Food Closet.

At the library parking lot, kids of all ages got to ride a mechanical bull, slide down a large inflatable slide, bounce around in an inflatable castle and go head to head in an inflatable gladiator arena. Hot Dog Pig Races–live pig and Dachshund races–were another main attraction.

The festival continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special events planned for Sunday include a "Kid's Q" cook-off for kid chefs and a pie and rib eating contest. For more information or for tickets, visit the Levitt Pavilion Website .

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