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Celebrate the season with a visit to Springfest 2010

This year’s four-day festival marks the event’s 20th anniversary


Springfest, the four-day festival filled with live entertainment, unique arts and crafts and plenty of delicious food, takes place Thursday through Sunday, May 6-9 at Ocean City’s Inlet Lot.

Welcome the season with plenty of fun for all ages in and around four festive, big top tents. Many new and unique arts and crafts will be featured among the 186 artists. Satisfy your appetite with a bounty of foods, from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to a wide assortment of ethnic offerings and tempting desserts. Feast on crab cakes, pizza, barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. Over 30 food and drink vendors will serve up their specialties.


While admission to the event is free, headline shows are offered with paid admission. On Thursday, May 6, take a musical journey with Captain Fantastic playing the music of Elton John. Tickets for this fantastic show are $5 and $10.


On Friday, May 7, the evening headline act features the Country Rat Pack Tour of Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence and Richie McDonald. Ticket prices range from $20 to $40.

On Saturday, May 8, take a trip down Memory Lane, with the Teen Idols – Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and The Raiders. Tickets are priced from $20 to $47.


Tickets are now on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; or you can order tickets by calling TicketMaster at 800-555-SEAT; in Baltimore/Washington, call 410-547-SEAT.


Springfest also serves up a variety of free local and regional musical entertainment with sounds sweeping the scale from country to rock and roll. This year Springfest presents J.R. Booker, Frankie and The Pack, Sir Rod, Randy Lee Ashcraft and The Saltwater Cowboys, Rick K and The Allnighters, Mary Lou and The Untouchables, The Fabulous Greaseband, The Broadband, Shore Jazz with Holly Lane, The Janitors, The Bopcats, Jesse Garron and the Recreation Line Dancers.


Added to the Springfest entertainment line-up this year are Dixie Power Trio, Woodstok Nation, Pete Gumbo and The Who Dat Band, Country Grass, Mama Jama, Queen City Funk & Soul, Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, and Cyrus McCormick and The Reapers. Children’s roaming entertainment includes Lollipop The Clown on Sunday.


Springfest 2010 is open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 6 through Saturday, May 8 and on Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A special welcoming ceremony will be held on the outdoor stage on Thursday, May 6 at 10 a.m. featuring Ocean City Elementary School’s OC Stars.


Since parking is restricted at Springfest to vendors only, visitors are urged to ride city buses to the festival grounds. Ocean City offers a 24-hour, ride-all-day-for-$2 service. You are encouraged to use the Park and Ride shuttle buses from the West Ocean City Park and Ride located just west of Ocean City on Route 50. Parking is free and the Park and Ride bus fare is just $1, good for all-day use.

Springfest visitors also are encouraged to take advantage of the special Springfest Express Shuttle, which offers non-stop service from the Convention Center south parking lot on 40th Street directly to the festival. Parking is free and the shuttle costs $2 to ride all day.

Additional park-and-ride locations with $2 bus service are: Public Safety Building at 65th St., Northside Park on 125th St. (walk to 125th St. bus stop), Ocean Plaza Mall at 94th St. and the Gold Coast Mall at 115th St.


The Boardwalk tram also offers service daily. The Boardwalk tram costs $3 per person one-way and can deliver you to Springfest.


For more information about Springfest 2010, call Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125 or Ocean City Department of Tourism at 1-800-OC-OCEAN. You can also visit www.oceancitymd.gov or www.ococean.com.

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