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By Karen Nitkin, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
Take more than 180 arts and crafts vendors, throw in a lot of live music and plunk the whole thing at the end of Ocean City's boardwalk and you've got the popular start-of-fall event known as Sunfest. Sunfest, which this year runs Thursday through Sunday, was started by city officials 36 years ago as a way to keep visitors flowing into Ocean City after the official summer tourist season ended. It has grown so popular that last year more than 183,000 visitors attended over the course of four days, according to city spokesperson Donna Abbott.
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By Beverly Southall | May 31, 2013
A friend of mine sent me a note recently and I wanted to share it with you even though Memorial Day has past. Let us give thanks to those who have given so much so that we can live this life as we do in freedom. We will never forget the sacrifices they made. Blessings to their families and loved ones. God speed and safety to those still serving in our armed forces. Watch over them and their family and loved ones. Bring them safely home and while away may God hold them in the palm of his hand.
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By Linda Geeson | September 15, 1991
Before autumn settles over Maryland's Eastern Shore, Ocean City will throw one more celebration of summer. Sunfest, which punctuates the end of the resort's busy beach season and officially opens the town's more mellow off-season, will take its 17th annual bow this week.If the anticipated 300,000 visitors show up, city officials and merchants will enjoy a final midsummer-like dream before fall's more laid-back pace sets in."It's always sad when the summer's over, but the festival is a good way to end it -- with lots of laughter," says Jorge Adeler, who oversees the festival's treasure hunt.
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By Karen Nitkin, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
Take more than 180 arts and crafts vendors, throw in a lot of live music and plunk the whole thing at the end of Ocean City's boardwalk and you've got the popular start-of-fall event known as Sunfest. Sunfest, which this year runs Thursday through Sunday, was started by city officials 36 years ago as a way to keep visitors flowing into Ocean City after the official summer tourist season ended. It has grown so popular that last year more than 183,000 visitors attended over the course of four days, according to city spokesperson Donna Abbott.
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By Pat Emory and Pat Emory,Contributing Writer | September 20, 1992
If you were to take away the arts and crafts and tournaments, the entertainment and the antique plane "fly-in," the precious jewel hunt and the boat show, and were left with nothing but the food, Ocean City's 18th annual Sunfest, which opens Thursday, would still be a guaranteed smash hit.That's because the tons of food served up to the 225,000 visitors who cram the festival grounds at the Ocean City inlet each year have proven to be some of the best --...
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | September 19, 1993
Sunfest, Ocean City's farewell-to-summer bash, starts Thursday and continues through the weekend at the inlet and around town with entertainment, food, crafts, sky divers and a vintage airplane show.Some shows may strive to present a slick agenda, but Sunfest strives for homey activities such as treasure hunts, talent shows and sing-alongs that are lovingly packaged together by Sunfest chairman Pete Richardson.It's just what you would expect from someone who calls himself "Mr. Sunfest." In 1978, Mr. Richardson took what had started as a small neighborhood hamburger and hot-dog party and turned it into an extravaganza that has a budget of about $145,000 this year.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1999
Unscathed by hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, Ocean City merchants are worried that media sound and fury about disastrous weather in neighboring states could hurt attendance at this weekend's Sunfest -- for 25 years the resort's biggest "shoulder season" event.Last year, the four-day crafts and music festival, which begins tomorrow, drew more than 200,000 visitors, a nice round number that business owners say they'd like to see duplicated to help make up for their so-so Labor Day weekend.`Plenty of rooms'"There are still plenty of rooms available, and we've had an enormous number of calls about the weather," said Susan Jones, a spokeswoman for the city's hotel, motel and restaurant association.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | September 6, 1992
It's Labor Day weekend. And for tourists and locals alike the holiday marks an end to the summer season -- but the beginning of the second season.With increasing numbers of tourists visiting the resort throughout the year and many businesses remaining open during all but the coldest weeks, Ocean City doesn't have an off-season anymore.Some 4 million visitors will frequent the resort during the nine months between Labor Day and Memorial Day, tourist officials say. That compares with about 4 million over the three summer months.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1999
Unscathed by back-to-back Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, Ocean City merchants are worried that media sound and fury about disastrous weather in neighboring states could hurt attendance at this weekend's Sunfest -- for 25 years the resort's biggest "shoulder season" event.Last year, the four-day crafts and music festival -- which begins Friday -- drew more than 200,000 visitors, a number that business owners say they would like to see duplicated to help make up for their so-so Labor Day weekend.
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By Steve McKerrow | September 21, 1995
Due to inaccurate information supplied to The Sun, performers at Sunfest '95 in Ocean City were incorrectly reported in yesterday's Live section. Neil Sedaka performs at 8 tonight and rock singer Jim Messina performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow. In addition, Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz All-Stars performed last night and are not scheduled to perform Sunday.* The Sun regrets the error.A pair of annual events are closing out the summer festivaseason this weekend, celebrating the cultures of the Emerald Isle and of Maryland's premier beach resort.
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By [MIKE FARRELL] | September 16, 2007
Sunfest, Ocean City's annual event to mark the start of fall, runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Inlet Lot and Beach. This year's festival features plenty of entertainment, food, and arts and crafts. Musical acts include the Fabulous Hubcaps, who will perform on Thursday; tickets are $5 and $10. Tickets to see Josh Gracin and Heartland on Friday are $15-$35. Saturday's concert, featuring Wayne Newton, is sold out. Tickets are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center box office 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-551-7328 or 410-481-7328.
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By LORI SEARS | September 17, 2006
Enjoy Eastern Shore delicacies, music and art at Sunfest in Ocean City. Sunfest runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24. Visitors are encouraged to use area park-and-rides or take the Boardwalk tram. Free admission. 410-250-0125, 800-OC-OCEAN or ococean.com.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,sun reporter | September 24, 2005
When's the best time to visit Ocean City? Many would say the middle of summer, in the thick of the season. Others might pick Memorial Day weekend, or the off-season when the crowds have thinned. Then why, as the temperature is just beginning to break and the school year has just resumed, will nearly 200,000 people crowd the streets, hotels, boardwalk and beaches of Ocean City this weekend? It's Sunfest, the town's annual four-day festival, which says goodbye to summer and welcomes in the fall and winter seasons.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2003
OCEAN CITY - As visitors strolled the boardwalk on a perfect September day, the mayor reluctantly moved to discourage others from coming until after Hurricane Isabel has gone. Mayor James N. Mathias Jr. canceled a huge craft show and most other activities that had been planned for Sunfest, an annual four-day event that usually draws tens of thousands of people. Merchants had hoped it would provide a boost in sales after a lackluster summer season. "We just didn't want to be sitting with 125,000 people here who would typically arrive by Thursday," Mathias said.
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By Jess Blumberg | September 19, 2002
Instead of raking leaf after leaf to begin the fall season, head downy ocean, hon, for four days of live music, arts, food and fun at Ocean City's annual Sunfest. The festival, starting today and running through Sunday, is the city's way of starting its "second season." The event kicks off with a parade down the Boardwalk, beginning at 12th Street. Visitors can take hayrides on the beach, make scarecrows, participate in a jewelry treasure hunt and lots more. There'll also be a boat show, arts and crafts vendors, a kite festival and, on Sunday, a sand-castle contest where prizes include all-expense-paid vacations.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1999
Unscathed by hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, Ocean City merchants are worried that media sound and fury about disastrous weather in neighboring states could hurt attendance at this weekend's Sunfest -- for 25 years the resort's biggest "shoulder season" event.Last year, the four-day crafts and music festival, which begins tomorrow, drew more than 200,000 visitors, a nice round number that business owners say they'd like to see duplicated to help make up for their so-so Labor Day weekend.`Plenty of rooms'"There are still plenty of rooms available, and we've had an enormous number of calls about the weather," said Susan Jones, a spokeswoman for the city's hotel, motel and restaurant association.
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September 19, 1996
Sunfest and surfingOcean City will be concentrating on two "S" words this weekend: sun and surf. The 22nd annual Sunfest will feature LTC kite festival, boat show, treasure hunts and a fun run. Boardwalk parade takes place today at 9: 30 a.m. Other highlights include wildlife exhibits, scarecrow making, arts, crafts, a bonfire and a sand sculpting contest.For some sporting competition, O.C. visitors can head to the 8th Street beach Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and watch contestants in the Maryland State Surfing Championships.
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By Karin Remesch | September 18, 1997
Sunfest, O.C.Celebrate the start of fall with fun, food, arts, crafts and music when Sunfest '97 shines on Ocean City's Inlet parking lot today through Sunday. The 23rd annual event opens at 9: 30 a.m. with a Boardwalk parade from 13th Street to the Inlet where four big-top festival tents are set up. Offering throughout the four-day event include music, live animals and nature stories, demonstrations by the National Aquarium of Baltimore, a fun run, bonfire on the beach, hay rides, pony rides, a kite festival and plenty of food, ranging from traditional Eastern Shore seafood to German, Italian, Polish, Mexican and good-old American.
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By Karin Remesch | September 23, 1999
Sunfest brightens fallCelebrate the start of the fall season in Ocean City with four days of fun, food, arts, crafts and music when Sunfest '99 shines on the resort's inlet parking lot today through Sunday. Indoor and outdoor entertainment is provided by the Supremes starring Mary Wilson; the Kinleys, a country band; rock band the Smithereens; the folk band Pure Prairie League; and local bands.Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but tickets for some concerts are $10. For complete schedule, call 800-OC-OCEAN; for tickets, call 800-551-SEAT.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1999
Unscathed by back-to-back Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, Ocean City merchants are worried that media sound and fury about disastrous weather in neighboring states could hurt attendance at this weekend's Sunfest -- for 25 years the resort's biggest "shoulder season" event.Last year, the four-day crafts and music festival -- which begins Friday -- drew more than 200,000 visitors, a number that business owners say they would like to see duplicated to help make up for their so-so Labor Day weekend.
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