It took years for the Memorial Day parade and 4th of July fireworks to become Westport institutions.

It’s taken LobsterFest just about 10.

The Westport Rotary Club’s mega-fundraiser has become one of the hottest tickets (on an always-perfect mid-September Saturday).

There’s something (lobsters, oysters, steak, burgers, beer, wine, soda, music, kids’ stuff) for everyone. What began as an event for Rotarians and their friends has become a party for folks of all ages. This year’s LobsterFest drew more families, with more young kids, than ever.

The goal was to raise $200,000 — for the Rotary Club to distribute to many worthy causes, in Fairfield County and around the globe.

If the lines of cars and crowds are any indication, they made it.

And if the smiles and full stomachs are any indication of what the event means to Westport — well, mark your calendars now for Lobsterfest 2023!

The money shot.

Quick service, with big smiles.

You can’t have lobster without clams.

1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker helped pour some cold ones …

… as did this bipartisan crew of Planning & Zoning chair Danielle Dobin, and 2nd Selectwoman Andrea Moore.

There were plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. (“Liquid Death” is of course sparkling water.)

LobsterFest drew older Westporters …

… and several generations …

… and members of Norwalk Rotary too.

The band played on …

… and Mr. Bumbles played to the kids’ crowd.

Volunteers from Sustainable Westport made sure that nearly every bit of trash was recycled properly.

Hook’d provided the ice cream. Their sign, though, was a bit of wishful thinking.

This sign covered all the bases …

… while this one was great for the Westport Rotary Club, not so great for anyone without a ticket. (All photos/Dan Woog)

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