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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 Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lobster Fest at Compo Beach in Westport Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lots of lobster was served. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
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 Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Lobster and fixings for $50 Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
There was a very large turnout to the lobster fest. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The SLOBs, the Staples League of Boys Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
A beer pourer Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
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. 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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