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"Benny & the Jetts" lead guitarist in singing tribute to Elton John, 1999
Greg Ranson of Benny & the Jets in a singing tribute to Elton John. Photo courtesy West Haven Voice

Savin Rock Festival (West Haven)

Held in August each year, this four-day event takes place on the West Haven waterfront on the Long Island Sound. Special events include a regatta, cross harbor swim, firemen's muster, parade, and fireworks. Competitions include road races, karate matches, pie-eating contests, and Miss Savin Rock, Festival Baby, and Ugly Dog contests. Other attractions are live music, storytelling, dancers, hot air balloon rides, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors. Held since 1982, the festival is credited with revitalizing the economic life of the town.

The project is documented in text, photographs, news articles, and the book Savin Rock: an Illustrated History. 

Originally submitted by: Rosa L. DeLauro, Representative (3rd District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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