LobsterFest Canceled — But Support Still Strong

Westport Rotary Club’s annual LobsterFest is one of the town’s great events.

Held at Compo Beach in late September — when the weather is great, and the lobsters (and steaks) are even greater — it’s the perfect way for 1,600 folks to celebrate the end of summer.

It’s also one of the biggest Rotary fundraisers in Connecticut. 100% of the proceeds go to 35 area nonprofits that address poverty, education and social needs, and other development programs overseas.

As the sun set on Lobster Fest in 2016, no one wanted to leave.

LobsterFest is one more cherished tradition to fall victim to COVID-19. But the 9th annual event is not going away.

Many sponsors have already decided it’s too important to drop. They’re contributing their usual amounts, so that Rotary can continue to support so many causes.

Westport Rotary president Leslie Roberts says, “It is important to us to make a responsible decision that considers our community and the sponsors who generously support us. Eradicating disease is a priority for Rotary clubs around the world. As Rotarians, we decided the best choice in the current environment is to cancel the physical LobsterFest event.”

In its place rises “2020 LobsterFest: A Charitable Fundraiser.” Donations from sponsors and would-be guests will honored with banners and lawn signs around Westport, and in media releases and ads.

There’s plenty of time to donate. The deadline is October 30. But you can do it right now — just click here.

(Rotary Club lunch meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom, 3 Tuesdays a month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Membership inquiries are welcome: leslie2of8@gmail.com or fidesmo@aol.com.

A few of the 3,000 lobsters.


3 responses to “LobsterFest Canceled — But Support Still Strong

  1. Mark L. Yurkiw

    OMG- the best event in Westport for more reasons then you can count is cancelled? I wait all year for this! the best community event we have, with amazing volunteers, great food, always great weather, best fundraiser, etc. etc. but why I find this event so special is those who attend have a wonderful community spirit and great attitude that I wish we saw more of all year round and I wait all year to participate in. It’s just not the same as sending a donation and buying my own lobster at the store. Let’s hope its possible next year, I can wait or is it I can’t wait.?? LoL

  2. Yikes! Dan, The button on the Rotary Club
    link ((to Donate)) is not working!!!