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Westport Rotary Club Dishes Up A Feast At Annual Lobster Fest

Westport Rotary Club held its Fifth Annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach on Saturday afternoon. Roy Fuchs waving the white flag after eating about two-and-a-half pounds of lobster and all those fixings
Westport Rotary Club held its Fifth Annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach on Saturday afternoon. Roy Fuchs waving the white flag after eating about two-and-a-half pounds of lobster and all those fixings Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lobster Fest at Compo Beach in Westport
Lobster Fest at Compo Beach in Westport Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lots of lobster was served.
Lots of lobster was served. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Rick Benson, a leader of the Westport Rotary club.
Rick Benson, a leader of the Westport Rotary club. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Jeff Wieser, Executive Director of Homes With Hope and a beer pourer; Tony McDowell, Executive Director of Earthplace and the Westport Rotary club President; and Jen Fava, Westport’s Director of Parks & Recreation
Jeff Wieser, Executive Director of Homes With Hope and a beer pourer; Tony McDowell, Executive Director of Earthplace and the Westport Rotary club President; and Jen Fava, Westport’s Director of Parks & Recreation Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lobster and fixings for $50
Lobster and fixings for $50 Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
There was a very large turnout to the lobster fest.
There was a very large turnout to the lobster fest. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The SLOBs, the Staples League of Boys
The SLOBs, the Staples League of Boys Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
A beer pourer
A beer pourer Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Westport Rotary Club held its Fifth Annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach on Saturday afternoon.
Westport Rotary Club held its Fifth Annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach on Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The cooks worked hard at the lobster fest.
The cooks worked hard at the lobster fest. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

WESTPORT, Conn. -- If you left the Westport Rotary Club's Lobster Fest hungry, it was your own fault.

The fifth annual event was held at Compo Beach on Saturday afternoon — and it was a sellout.

A total of 1,200 people paid $50 each to enjoy two 1-pound-plus lobsters, an ear of corn, coleslaw and potato salad — as well as lots of beer and wine. There was also steak.

The Rotary Club attracts numerous sponsors whose funding, along with ticket revenue, is donated to a variety of nonprofits in Westport and nearby communities. The funding also goes to global organizations supported by the club and other Rotary clubs.

Festival-goers spent a late summer day at the beach, got to catch up with friends and consume a lot of good food.

Many volunteers started cooking the 3,000 lobsters in the morning. Servers began in mid-afternoon and were joined by many beer and wine pourers. There was also live music, a raw bar featuring locally harvested oysters and clams and two wine raffles.

Much of the cleaning up was done by Staples’ SLOBs -- Service League of Boys.

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