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Sunfest kicks off Ocean City’s ‘second season’

Tribute to Elvis, Kip Moore, Kasey Musgraves & Beach Boys in event line-up

Tickets on Sale for Springfest beginning September 13, Merle Haggard headlining

Sunfest, which recently ranked number one on Sunshine ARTIST Magazine’s annual 200 best shows list for 2013 , celebrates its 39th year as it takes over the Inlet Lot and beach Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22. The Town kicks off its “second season” with four days of music, food, arts, crafts and just plain fun. Admission to Sunfest is free.

Earning the top spot for “traditional arts and craft shows in the nation,” Sunfest boasts over 180 crafters, along with live music, hayrides on the beach and a wide and delicious offering of food.  Opening day on Thursday, September 19 begins with a parade down the Boardwalk beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 12th St. and the Beach Plaza Hotel and ending at the festival grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Live entertainment plays throughout the event. All entertainment is free with the exception of evening headline shows.  Headliners start on Thursday night with Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis. Friday night will be two country stars, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. Saturday night, The Beach Boys will rock the Sunfest tent to a sold out crowd.

Tickets for all three shows are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th St. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available on site during Sunfest, or at www.ticketmaster.com , 800-551-7328.

Parking is restricted at the festival grounds so it is advised visitors take advantage of the Town’s park and ride services. The West Ocean City Park and Ride on Route 50 just west of the bridge provides a convenient location for attendees with free parking and shuttle service to and from the South Transit Center on S. Division Street, just a block from Sunfest. Shuttle service is $1 per boarding or $3 ride all day.

Express trolley service is also available at the Convention Center on 40th St., where you can park for free in the south lot and ride the trolley directly to Sunfest. Fare is $3 ride all day or $1 per boarding as is the normal bus fare service. Additional park and ride locations are also located at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street, the municipal lot at 100th St. and Northside Park at 125th St. (walk to bus stop on Coastal Highway). The Boardwalk tram also will be in service during the event with fare of $3 one way.

Tickets are also on sale beginning Friday, September 13, for Springfest headliner Merle Haggard.  At the age of 73 the veteran singer/songwriter is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career.  It almost goes without saying that Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist.

Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 number one country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame and been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat.

In 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Branded Man,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Silver Wings,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “If We Make It Through December” and the much-misunderstood  “Okie From Muskogee.”  Those classics found Haggard honoring country-music traditions while drawing upon a broad range of jazz, blues, and folk influences, while his vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicled the dreams and heartbreaks of common people, as well as his own harsh life experiences.

Haggard will take the Springfest stage on Friday, May 2.  Tickets will be on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th St. Box office beginning September 13 or at www.ticketmaster.com . Ticket prices range from $24-$55.  For more information about Sunfest 2013, visit www.ococean.com or call 800-626-2326.