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July 10, 2014

Seafood Festival at Salem Willows features lobster plunge, kids activities, lots of food


Brian Riley came out on top for explaining that he “was born part Lobster on April 26th, 1977 underneath the Salem Willows Pier.”

Riley described a difficult life on land, in which he was “chased down Fort Ave by the chef who said he was going to turn me into Lobster Sauce,” and asked voters to return him “to the rocks in the harbor where I truly belong.”

New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Vellano is scheduled to appear at the event, but may have to limit his consumption of lobster rolls due to training restrictions, David said.

The band shell at Salem Willows will serve up music from a roster of bands that starts Friday at noon with the Funky Divas of Gospel and doesn’t end until Sunday night, when the Lisa Love Experience takes the stage. In between, there will be visits from folk rockers North River Band, and indie band Gretchen and the Pickpockets, both from New Hampshire.

Britannica will play tunes from the British Invasion on Friday night, to be followed the next day by classic rockers Hooda Thunk and Don’t Call Me Shirley, which has a set list stretching from Elvis Presley to Tom Petty.

A Kiddie Land will offer games, train rides, face painting and activities, and several street performers will stroll through the Willows. These include Joshua Rodriguez, who plays junkyard jazz on assorted cans and lids, and Lawrence Levesque, who twists balloons and performs magic.

Chefs from regional restaurants will offer seafood cooking tips on Saturday and Sunday, in a tent hosted by Pat Whitley, whose Wicked Bites cooking show is broadcast on television and radio.

David also organizes the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, which has been in existence for 25 years, and was looking for a place to host a similar event.

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