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Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest to kick off May 3

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018
The 28th annual Springfest kicks off Thursday, May 3, at 10:15 a.m. with the Stephen Decatur High School Choir singing the National Anthem, Junior ROTC posting colors and the OC Stars performing a couple of songs. Mayor Rick Meehan will conclude the program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will officially open Springfest to the public.

(April 27, 2018) Free music and hundreds of unique vendors highlight Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest, May 3-6, and the start to summertime traditions.

“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.”

Springfest kicks off Thursday, May 3, at 10:15 a.m. in the inlet parking lot with the Stephen Decatur High School Choir singing the National Anthem, Junior ROTC posting colors and the OC Stars performing songs. Mayor Rick Meehan will conclude the program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will officially open Springfest to the public.

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.

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 from around the world.

“Springfest has a great mix of art and craft vendors,” Wiles said. “There are the returning favorites as well as new and unique. Maryland and coastal décor are among some popular themed crafts for our visitors.”

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.

“Great entertainment on the Eastern Shore,” Miller said. “It is not very often you get to experience back-to-back live bands, all day long for four-days straight.”

On Thursday night, Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show will take the stage at 7 p.m., and tickets are still available for $10-20. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-551-7328, on site at the festival’s ticket booth or through Ticketmaster.com.

“It is a great stage show with such a cheap ticket price,” Miller said. “People should not miss this show. Friday and Saturday night concerts are sold out.”

On Friday, May 4, country music singer Trace Atkins will start at 8 p.m. 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 Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, 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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