Charlestown Seafood Festival breaks attendance records
CHARLESTOWN, RI (WLNE) - The festival that put Charlestown on the map is celebrating another successful year.
The Charlestown Seafood Festival turned 35 this weekend, and festival organizers said they broke attendance records.
"I've never seen anything like it," said Heather Paliotta with the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. She's been involved with the festival for 18 years and said this was the busiest she's ever seen it.
She said it was so crowded that ATMs ran out of money and vendors sold out of food.
"It was such a crazy day yesterday," said Tim Matteson the head cook for D&L Lobster Express.
D&L Lobster Express is one of the festival's oldest vendors. Matteson said participating in the festival helps keep the business afloat for the entire year.
"We have people come from Australia-- the other side of the world-- and say we have to try one of your lobster rolls," said Jeannine Parker, D&L Lobster Express's manager.
The festival was named a “Top 100 Event in North America”, and listed as one of 10 Best Summer Seafood Festivals in the Northeast.
Admission to the festival is $10.00. Parking is free, but a $2.00 parking donation encouraged.
All of the proceeds go back to the Charlestown community.
"We're a non–profit. We donate to every kind of cause. The $2.00 donation goes back to Peace Dale Fire Department," said Paliotta.
The festival wraps up at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night.
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