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Calling all chowder lovers. Competitors from across the country offer traditional and unusual chowder concoctions at the 32d Annual Polar Great Chowder Cook-Off at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport (June 1, noon-6 p.m.). Slurp endless samples and vote for your favorite in three categories: clam, seafood, and creative. Enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, and more.($20 through May 31, $25 day of event. Children under 12 free with adult). New this year: Your ticket provides free entry to the Newport Oyster Festival on nearby America’s Cup Avenue (noon-8) where local shellfish and seafood are paired with wine, beer, spirits, and live music ($5 without cook-off ticket).  401-846-1600,

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