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Ocean City’s popular Sunfest shines on resort September 23-26




Ocean City, MD – Ocean City celebrates the start of fall with the 36th Annual Sunfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach September 23-26. Admission to Sunfest is free.


Rated by Sunshine Artist, “America’s Premier Show and Festival Magazine,” the number one traditional art and craft show in the nation, this year’s Sunfest will feature over 180 crafters, along with music, hayrides on the beach and a wide offering of food.


Opening day of the event on Thursday, September 23 begins with a parade down the Boardwalk beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Phillips by the Sea and ending at the festival grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Be on the lookout for Ocean City’s very own “spokesguard,” Rodney, who will make a special appearance during the opening day festivities.


Live entertainment plays throughout Sunfest, with sounds sweeping the scales from country to rock and roll. This year’s headliners are The Fabulous Hubcaps, Gloriana opening for Phil Vassar, Chuck Negron, (formerly of Three Dog Night) followed by Blood, Sweat & Tears and Beatlemania Again.


The Fabulous Hubcaps take the stage Thursday, September 23 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 and $10. On Friday, September 24, Gloriana will open for country star Phil Vassar. Tickets range from $20 to $49. Chuck Negron, former lead singer of Three Dog Night, will open for Blood Sweat & Tears on Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $40.

Tickets for headline acts are on sale at the box office located in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or you may purchase tickets by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT, in Baltimore/Washington call 410-481-SEAT, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be sold on site at the festival grounds during the event.


Also enjoy a free performance by Beatlemania Again on Sunday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. The Beatlemania Again show features over 35 of The Beatle’s greatest hits performed live on stage in full costume.


Other free entertainment includes performances by The Diamonds, Rick K and the Alnighters, Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys, the Phillips Ragtime Band, Sir Rod, Teenage Rust and many more.


Sunfest is known for delicious Eastern Shore food, serving up everything from crab cakes to oyster fritters and much, much more. Don’t miss the Gourmet Tent featuring creamy fudge, nuts, candies and other tasty treats. A new addition this year will be a wine garden in the center of the midway.


Sunfest hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Parking is restricted at Sunfest to vendors only and attendees are urged to use one of the free parking locations and ride buses to the festival grounds. Free parking 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 South Division Street. Shuttle bus service is $1 round-trip.


In town, Ocean City offers a ride-all-day-for-$2 bus service. The Boardwalk tram also offers service daily. Visitors from the north can take advantage of the Sunfest Shuttle, which operates from the Convention Center south lot on 40th Street, where you can park for free and ride the trolley directly to the festival grounds with the $2 ride-all-day fare.


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

Edited by Ocean City Department of Tourism

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