NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Folks started packing New London Friday for a shoreline tradition. Sailfest is now underway and it's expected to draw in a big crowd this weekend.
Festival food is not known to be healthy and at Sailfest this year they will not disappoint. Some of the specialties items include bacon dipped in chocolate and a hot dog wrapped in bacon.
"If they're not fatty enough you've got beef fat," said Terry Donovan, 4 Drummies. "They got a lot of flavor, people love it."
There are several ways to work up that tasty but less than healthy appetite. Carnival games, rides, and tall ships, including the Amistad.
There are also other boats that may not be so tall, but go a lot faster and you can climb on board and go for a sail.
"Dennis Connors was 1976 America Cup winner and he built these boats to train his crew for America's Cups," said Master Capt. Keith Toohey, Stars & Stripes.
A chance to learn from a Master Captain on the real thing. Also keeping with the maritime theme, the new postage stamp featuring New London Harbor Light will be revealed.
"Today we're getting our sneak peak at the stamps tomorrow though people can get their hands on these," asked News 8's Tina Detelj.
"Yes they can get them at the New London post office, here at the tent behind the Custom House, and I think across the country," said Susan Tamulevich, New London Maritime Society.
The Mashantucket-Pequot Fireworks extravaganza will also light up the night for those gathered along the waterfront Saturday.
The festivities got underway at noon Friday on the New London waterfront. Learn more at sailfestnl.org
If you don't want to drive, Shore Line East has special trains running throughout the weekend to get you there and back. Link: Shore Line East schedule (.pdf) .
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