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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Downtown Art Show Draws Thousands

By James Lomuscio

With food vendors, musicians and 135 artists showcasing their work in 144 booths in Parker-Harding Plaza and Gorham Island, downtown Westport today took on the air of a riverfront summer festival as more than 4,250 persons attended the 41st annual Westport Fine Arts Festival.

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Thousands of visitors who brought along hundreds of dogs filled Westport’s downtown today for the Westport fine Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA)-sponsored, free event ran from 10 am. to 6 pm.  and resumes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Promoters are optimistic for a similar turnout.

“I think this is fantastic,” said Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, who was busy selling hot dogs from a cart.

In addition to hawking hot dogs, Papageorge also was focused on other kinds of dogs, counting the number of art lovers who brought four-legged friends to the event.

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