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‘Blues on the Beach’ Saturday in Stratford

July 16, 2019 GMT

STRATFORD — Public access to Short Beach will be closed Friday at 7 p.m. to prepare for the annual “Blues on the Beach” summer music festival Stautrday.

The event will take place at Short Beach on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 9:30 p.m. The festival is run by volunteer, Erin McLaughlin.

This year’s lineup includes Funky Dawgs, Chris D’Amato, Alpaca Gnomes, Evan Goodrow and Da Band, per the festival’s website.

In a prepared statement, town officials asked residents attending the festival to note:

Beach access will be closed on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m., so preparations can be made.

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Bicycles are allowed but must be walked in the park area per Stratford Police Department.

Parking is also available at the Army Engine Plant - South Parking Lot directly off of Main Street.

No golf carts or other motorized equipment is allowed on the beach per Stratford Police Department.

Residents must have a valid beach sticker to park at the beach. Non-residents will be charged $20 to park.

No dogs or pets are allowed at the beach.

A pickup and drop-off area for Ubers and children or family members has been designated at Wayne’s Walk at the intersection of Riverdale Drive and Lighthouse Avenue.

“Erin and her team do an amazing job of organizing the bands, stage, and vendors. We’re looking forward to celebrating at this great summertime festival, enjoy the sun and sand, amazing music, and some of the best views that Stratford has to offer,” Mayor Laura Hoydick said in the statement.

“We know the beach closure for Friday is inconvenient, but we ask of the patience and indulgence of residents,” Public Safety Director Larry Ciccarelli said. “This will allow us to produce a first-rate event for everyone to attend and enjoy on Saturday.”