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Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest festival underway

By Kara Hallissey | May 03, 2018
Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest, May 3-6, marks the start to summertime traditions with free music and hundreds of unique vendors under large tents in the inlet parking lot.

(May 4, 2018) Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest marks the start of summertime traditions with free music and hundreds of unique vendors under large tents in the inlet parking lot.

“Ocean City is all about the experience and Springfest magnifies that,” said Frank Miller, Special Events superintendent for the Town of Ocean City. “Free music, great food and a lot of craft booths and vendors.”

Thousands of people from all across the country come out to browse more than 200 craft booths, get a bite to eat at one of the more than 30 food vendors or check out dozens of free concerts.

Springfest kicked off Thursday morning in the inlet parking lot with an opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting before officially opening to the public at 10 a.m.

Last year, Springfest drew a crowd of 106,334 despite extreme weather and strong winds threatening to the shut down the event.

“Springfest is one of the first large outdoor events to start the summer season,” said Heather Wiles, special event coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “It’s the first chance to shop at a beautiful outdoor event featuring the famous Boardwalk and ocean. For many vendors this kick starts their schedule of shows so they bring their best.”

More than 200 artisan vendors will be on site selling candles, photography, fine and glass art, jewelry, decorative items, accessories, wind chimes, birdhouses, furniture, pottery and many more unique treasures.

“Springfest is a unique event because it brings together so many arts and crafts, food and commercial vendors as well as diverse live entertainment in one place,” said Brenda Moore, special events coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “There is no admission. Everyone can come and find something of interest at Springfest.”

More than 30 food vendors will provide a variety of tastes including crepes, pit beef, ham and turkey, bacon-wrapped corn dogs, pizza and funnel cakes.

For an additional fee, children can create artwork or sand art. There will also be inflatable bounce houses.

New this year, Puzzle over This, based out of Berlin, will offer a 15-minute mobile escape room game, which features a grizzly bear theme, looks like a log cabin and has an air horn.

Dozens of free musical performances will be taking place all weekend from dancers to country, rock, reggae and tribute bands.

“I think we all have felt as though this winter would never end, so what better way to celebrate warming temperatures, sunshine, great music, food and all-around fun,” said Jessica Waters, Town of Ocean City communications manager.

On Friday, May 4, country music singer Trace Atkins will start at 8 p.m. to a sold-out crowd followed by another sold-out show from rock star Brett Michaels on Saturday, May 5, beginning at the same time.

Tickets for September’s Sunfest headliners will be available to purchase at the box office located in the entertainment pavilion. Forever Tina, the Cadillac Three and Daughtry are all slated for the fall festival.

Springfest runs today and Saturday, May 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ococean.com/springfest or call 800-626-2326.

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