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WEST HAVEN, Sept. 5, 2017 — A ball thrown by Ryan Walsh, 7, of West Haven, is about to hit the bull’s-eye and drop Mayor Edward M. O’Brien into the dunk tank Saturday, Sept. 2, on the Green during the third annual WestFest celebration, a community event aimed at bringing the city and University of New Haven closer.
WestFest was co-sponsored by the UNH Mayor’s Advisory Commission, O’Brien’s office, UNH, Watson Inc. and the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force to showcase what the city has to offer culturally.
Restaurants and food trucks dished up native eats and sweets, while businesses and organizations handed out informational materials.
The seven-hour festival featured activities from face painting and trivia contests to performances by the Top Hat Dance Academy and a pie-eating contest sponsored by Louise’s Homemade Food & Baked Goods. It included an inflatable bounce house and obstacle course.
Also participating were the local bands Ian Biggs, Quiet Giant, and The Sulls.
The UNH advisory commission, a student-appointed task force formed in March 2015, meets regularly with O’Brien and other City Hall officials to improve relations between the city and UNH.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
The WestFest pie-eating contest in all its heartburn glory.