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Orleans Clam BQ • September 26

The Orleans Clam BQ Offers Great Food for Me and You

Previews of six upcoming fairs and festivals—with details on many more

The very best of Orleans is showcased in the 4th annual Clam BQ—The Orleans Food & Music Festival—held Saturday, September 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce the event offers a variety of food and activities sure to please any palate, and this year’s new location—Eldredge Park, home of the Orleans Firebirds—offers more space in which to enjoy them. Noelle Pina, the Clam BQ’s executive director, says the larger location allows for “double the activities and double the fun,” and she’s expecting about 2,000 attendees.

Featuring local vendors, the event offers an authentic taste of Orleans. Attendees can enjoy a clambake, smoked pork, and many other dining options. “It’s a local event put on by local people,” Pina says, “and we all get together and have a good time.”

In addition to great food, the ClamBQ has hayrides, face painting, and a beer and wine garden. Pina notes that with this variety of activities—for both adults and children—the event is sure to have something for everyone. “It’s the perfect balance of fun,” she says.

Attendees can also enjoy live music throughout the day performed by local bands Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys, The Rip It Ups and the Catbirds.

Tickets cost $35 for the clambake dinner and $25 for the BBQ, each of which includes a $10 event admission fee. Children 12 and under are admitted to the event for free, but the food fees still apply. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 508-255-7203, or visit

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