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Ocean City prepares for 35th Annual Sunfest

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Ocean City celebrates the start of the fall season with four fantastic days of food, arts and crafts and live music when Sunfest 2009 shines on the resort’s Inlet lot, Thursday through Sunday, September 24-27.


Ocean City’s most popular festival, this year marks the 35th annual Sunfest. With over 180 crafters, live entertainment, hayrides on the beach and delicious food in and around four big-top tents, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this event.


Sunfest opens with a parade on the Boardwalk beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 12th St. at Phillips By The Sea and ending at the Sunfest grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. The fun continues throughout the day and all weekend.


This year’s headliners are the Village People performing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 with ticket prices from $10 to $20. Country music’s Little Big Town performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, with tickets prices from $20 to $35. Rick Springfield will entertain at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, with ticket prices offered from $20 to $50. Admission to the four-day festival is free. Tickets for headline acts are on sale at the box office located in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or you may order tickets by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT.


On Sunday afternoon enjoy a free oldies reunion on the outdoor stage with The Pixie Three and The Avalons (formerly Sh-Boom). Also, enjoy free performances throughout Sunfest by Quiet Fire, Poole & The Gang, Teenage Rust, Sir Rod, the Recreation Line Dancers, Rick K and the Allnighters, Phillips Ragtime Band, Mary Lou and the Untouchables, J.R.Booker, Frankie and the Pack, Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis, N.O.M.A.D., Georgia Lea and Stone Cold Country and the Subway Show Band. New to the Sunfest stage will be Jason Mitchell, Lady “A,” Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings, Joe Baione Quartet and the Reagan Years.


Sunfest also serves up plenty of delicious food. Sunfest visitors will enjoy everything from crab cakes to oyster fritters, Philly cheese steaks to Greek gyros and BBQ. The Gourmet Tent is a must try, featuring fudge, nuts, candies and delicious treats.


Also, this year at Sunfest will be 12 demonstrating artists who will dazzle you as they create their artistic designs right before your eyes.


Sunfest hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is restricted at Sunfest to vendors only and visitors are urged to use one of the park and ride locations and ride buses to the festival grounds. Park and ride locations include the West Ocean City Park and Ride just off Route 50 in West Ocean City, where you can park for free and take an Ocean City bus to S. Division St. Shuttle bus service from the West Ocean City Park and Ride to downtown is $1. In town, Ocean City offers a ride-all-day-for-$2 bus service. The Boardwalk tram also offers service daily. Also, this year the Sunfest Shuttle will operate from the Convention Center south lot on 40th St, where you can park for free and ride the trolley direct to the festival grounds, under the $2 ride-all-day fare


For more information about Sunfest, call the Ocean City Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125 or visitor information toll-free at 1-800-OC-OCEAN, or visit www.ococean.com.

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